NFC East Notebook, Jan. 10: Jay Gruden to the Washington Redskins

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

News and notes from Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington

The offseason is underway for the NFC East teams, as all four squads are focused on free agents, the draft and rounding out their coaching staffs.

Here's the latest from around the division:

Dallas Cowboys

The draft is all the rave in Big D, and one position the team will need to address in it is defensive tackle.

Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt of Notre Dame headline the prospects in the 2014 crop, with Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman, Florida State's Timmy Jernigan and Arizona State's Will Sutton rounding out the top five, according to CBS Sports.

One player who is not a tackle that's been connected to the Cowboys has been Johnny Manziel, who has declared for the draft and is widely considered a first-round prospect.

ESPN wondered if Manziel fell out of the top 10 -- say, to No. 16 or 17 -- would Jerry Jones make a play for the former Heisman Trophy winner?

Philadelphia Eagles

Two years into a five-year contract, Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson made it clear that after his career year he wanted a raise. It doesn't appear that will happen.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News, the Eagles are unlikely to restructure Jackson's contract this offseason.

At least Jackson will be back in green next season. The same cannot be said for Michael Vick, who is set to become a free agent this offseason. named the five most likely landing spots for the veteran signal-caller, which included the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings.

Washington Redskins

On Thursday, Washington hired former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden to be the ninth head coach in Redskins history.

Gruden inherits the former Offensive Rookie of the Year in Robert Griffin III and the No. 9 offense of 2013. Mike Shanahan was fired last month after reports surfaced that he, Griffin and owner Daniel Snyder were not all on the same page in terms of how to proceed with RGIII.

Already, Gruden has named RGIII his starting quarterback.

With the Shanahans out of D.C., the younger one, Kyle Shanahan, has been pinpointed as a target of the Miami Dolphins, which has a vacancy at offensive coordinator since severing ties with Mike Sherman earlier this month.

In addition to Shanahan, Miami has interest in Ben McAdoo, a candidate for the for New York Giants' offensive coordinator opening, as well as former Houston Texans coach Gary Kupiak.

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