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Friday, June 26, 2009
What do you think of our all-decade top 25?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

I'm sad to report that ESPN.com's all-decade week has reached its conclusion. It's a week that most of us will cling to for years to come. On Friday, the incomparable Mike Sando, master of the NFC West database, delivered the top 25 players of the decade. Let's take a closer look at how the NFC East fared.

And special thanks to Bill Williamson (enjoy that three-week vacay!) for compiling the initial list. I'm sure some of you will disagree, but it's a pretty solid list. Honestly, I'm most bothered by the fact that Donovan McNabb's not on the list. The list was dominated by quarterbacks, and he's been one of the best of the decade. Also shocking that no defensive tackles made the final cut. OK, here's how the Beast finished:

6. Champ Bailey, Redskins and Broncos: The only cornerback in the top 25. Really?

8. Michael Strahan, Giants: One of the most prolific pass-rushers in league history. No argument here.

24. Terrell Owens: Eagles and Cowboys: Some folks will think he's ranked too low -- and you might be right. He's hell on a locker room, but he's put up monster numbers.

Wait, is that it? So only one tight end? Because I think Jason Witten should be knocking on the door. Ben Roethlisberger and Brett Favre both made the list, but no Drew Brees or McNabb. I could easily make the argument that McNabb has been more successful than Favre in this decade. And McNabb had a head start on Roethlisberger, although I guess the two Super Bowls were the trump card.

DeMarcus Ware might be ready to join the team after the '09 season. And Clinton Portis and Tiki Barber should've received more consideration. Same for Brian Westbrook. Actually, Barber should totally be on the list. It seems like he hasn't played in forever, but he walked away after the '06 season. He was one of the most prolific backs in the league over the first six years of the decade. Any arguments?

OK, I'm going to spend the rest of the day answering my "fan" mail.