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NFC East Notebook, Jan. 7: A Gruden heading to DC?

News and notes from Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington

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The season is officially over for NFC East teams, as the New Orleans Saints came to the Linc to hand Philadelphia a loss in the Eagles' first playoff game under Chip Kelly.

Now the Eagles join the rest of the division in their offseason planning. Both New York and Washington are trying to figure out who will and who won't be on their coaching staffs in 2014, while Philly and Dallas need to make the necessary tweaks to their rosters.

Here's the latest from around the NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys

One of the mainstays of the Cowboys' receiving corps will likely be a cap casualty, as ESPN reported Miles Austin will likely be cut on June 1.

Austin's release will open up $5.5 million in cap space to improve the roster and go after some free agents this offseason, as well as sign players like Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith and Dan Bailey to long-term deals.

As for the Cowboys' coaching staffs, it appears the team will be able to retain defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, who was believed to be a target for new Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith.

Philadelphia Eagles

DeSean Jackson had a career year under first-year coach Chip Kelly, and now the wideout wants to be paid. According to ESPN, Jackson wants a raise even though he has three years remaining on a five-year contract he signed in 2012.

This adds to the list of wide receiver problems in Philadelphia. Aside from Jackson, Jeremy Maclin has battled numerous injuries over the past few seasons, Riley Cooper is an impending unrestricted free agent and Jason Avant is 31, so there's reason to believe there's not much left in the veteran's task.

One rumor suggests Maclin will re-sign with the team.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins finished up their interview with Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell Monday, but two Cincinnati Bengals assistants are still set to make their case for the head coaching gig, and one is already reportedly the favorite.

According to CBS Sports, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is the most likely candidate to land in the D.C. The report also indicates Gruden's relationship with older brother Jon Gruden, an analyst for ESPN who has previously declined interest in coaching in the NFL this season, could be a factor, as he and Redskins GM Bruce Allen worked together in Tampa Bay.