NFC East links: Trent Cole is motivated

Dallas Cowboys

David Moore of The Dallas Morning News on how he thinks the Cowboys will approach the draft: "Owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett have said they believe they have covered themselves enough at key spots where they can enter this draft and focus strictly on the best available athlete over need. That may be true, but so is this: if the Cowboys have a guard, a quarterback and an inside linebacker all rated on the same plateau when they are on the clock at No. 18, their need for an offensive lineman will break the tie and persuade them to select the guard with that pick."

Despite locking up Tony Romo with a contract extension, could the Cowboys still draft a quarterback in this month's draft?

New York Giants

ESPN's Bill Polian recently wrote about who he considers to be the top talent evaluators in the NFL, and Giants general manager Jerry Reese made the cut.

Wide receiver Victor Cruz (No. 8 ) and quarterback Eli Manning (No. 9) both cracked the top 10 in jersey sales in 2012.

Philadelphia Eagles

Coach Chip Kelly continues to speak highly of quarterback Michael Vick. “Mike can still play," Kelly said in an interview with NFL Network. "When you evaluate a quarterback, you have to evaluate everything. The losing of three or four offensive linemen for the season, he took a lot of hits. You as a quarterback when you drop back hope that that guy is going to be blocked, and when we miss a block and he ends up getting hit, it’s not the quarterback’s fault. When you sit down and analyze what his skill set is and what he can still do, he can still throw the football, still accurate with his throws, he’s extremely tough. There was no question in my mind that I wanted Michael to be back on this team.”

Defensive end Trent Cole is motivated to prove last season wasn't a sign of a player on the decline.

Washington Redskins

Mark Maske of The Washington Post reports the Redskins are about $30,000 under the NFL's salary cap.

Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com says the Redskins are in good shape along the defensive line and "the position appears to be an area that the Redskins could safely bypass in the draft."