Redskins defensive end Andre Carter: Yes, we're bringing back this wildly popular entry for a couple of months. And honestly, I think it's too early to suggest that any of the four NFC teams are in the "falling" category. The Cowboys are certainly the quietest team in free agency, but I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing. But in the interest of participation, let's put Carter in the "falling" section. I've said from the start that he's not a good fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 and now there's speculation he could lose his starting job. Carter's been a highly productive player in the league, but he's looked awkward in the past when asked to stand up in the 3-4. Greg Ellis went through this in Dallas under Bill Parcells, but he eventually became a productive outside linebacker. We'll see how things turn out for Carter.
Philadelphia Eagles: This is a team that is desperately trying to close the gap with the Cowboys. I like that general manager Howie Roseman has locked up talented players such as Leonard Weaver and Jason Avant. And signing former Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson is a good risk to take. Yes, he's had two torn ACLs (one on each knee). But the Eagles reportedly kept the guaranteed money low enough that they won't feel burned if he struggles. If the 26-year-old returns to form, he could start at free safety for the next three or four years. The Eagles also restructured guard Stacy Andrews' contract. I bumped into offensive line coach Juan Castillo in Indianapolis and he truly believes Andrews will come back strong in 2010 after being hampered by a knee injury.
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