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Here is the latest news surrounding the NFC East heading into the first week of the offseason.

New York Giants

View photos of some notable players to be selected 11th overall, including several members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as the Giants' history with the 11th pick in the draft.

As one season ends, another begins. That's right – it's mock draft time. The 2021 NFL Draft order has come into focus with the conclusion of the 2020 regular season and the first round of the playoffs. The Giants, who finished second in the NFC East with a 6-10 record, hold the No. 11 overall pick.

The New York Giants today signed tight ends Nakia Griffin-Stewart and Nate Wieting to reserve/future contracts. Griffin-Stewart joined the Giants' practice squad on Nov. 24 and remained there until Dec. 8. Wieting, also an undrafted rookie, spent time with the Browns and Dolphins before landing on the Giants' practice squad in November.

Knowing the impact that Yosue Gomez made on them, his coaches and teammates nominated him for the 2020 USA Football Heart of a Giant Award, presented by Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants. Coach Matt Demarest recently called an unplanned virtual team meeting and surprised everyone with two guest speakers – Giants tight end Evan Engram and Associate Team Physician & HSS Sports Medicine Surgeon, Dr. Samuel Taylor – to inform Gomez that he was the winner.

Dave Gettleman believes in Daniel Jones as strongly as ever and is excited about the prospects for the Giants' offensive line. He is also dissatisfied the team averaged only 17.5 points a game in 2020. Because of that, the general manager today had no reason to be coy regarding the franchise's objectives as it enters a critical offseason.

Re-live the most memorable moments and images from the first year of the Joe Judge era.

Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles Chairman & CEO Jeffrey Lurie released the following statement on Monday afternoon:

Former Eagles running back Darren Sproles still has some time to wait to see if he will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but his time to enter the College Football Hall of Fame has already arrived. The National Football Foundation announced the 2021 class of the College Football Hall of Fame Monday afternoon and Sproles was voted to join the illustrious fraternity.

The Eagles signed cornerback Kevon Seymour to a Reserve/Futures contract on Friday. A sixth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2016 out of USC, Seymour played 31 games for the Bills and Panthers in his first two NFL seasons before injuries knocked him out of football. 

Jim Schwartz announced on Thursday that he would not return to the Eagles for the 2021 season and that his plan is to "step back from the day-to-day of coaching for the time being." Everyone wishes Schwartz, a lifetime football guy, the best of luck. As is the nature in the NFL, the focus now turns to what's next for the Eagles on defense.

Jim Schwartz announced on Thursday that he will not return as Eagles defensive coordinator in 2021.

Dallas Cowboys

It won't be a season that many people are eager to look back on. There are silver linings, though, if you want to look for them. Take the season finale in New York, for example. It may not have been the most exhilarating game from an offensive standpoint. But a quick look at the box score will show that it wasn't Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb or Michael Gallup who led the team in receiving. Instead, it was a solid seven receptions for 70 yards from Dalton Schultz, who capped off an impressive first season as a starter with one of his best games of the year.

The Cowboys have officially begun the process for interviewing candidates for the vacant defensive coordinator position. On Sunday, Falcons passing game coordinator/secondary coach Joe Whitt Jr. and Panthers passing game coordinator/secondary coach Jason Simmons reportedly met with Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy and others. Former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is also on the interview list, according to reports.

Former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has seen plenty of success after his playing days ended after the 2016 season. After his record-setting career ended, he's dabbled into professional golf and has become one of the most recognized football announcers, if not the very best. And now, Romo is headed to the College Football Hall of Fame. 

The Cowboys have opted to move on from defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, less than one week after his first year on the job. The team also announced the departure of defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, which it confirmed with a statement from McCarthy himself.

Every great team has an identity. If quizzed about the team's DNA, coaches, scouts, and players should be able to rattle off a few key descriptive phrases that enable the football world to envision what a team is all about.