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Eagles' Off-Season To-Do List

FOXSports.com recently looked at the off-season to-do lists for the teams in the NFC East and it's no surprise that the Eagles' off-season strategy, according to the article, is dependent upon the organizations decisions at both quarterback and running back.

The return of Donovan McNabb could hinge on how enticing the offers are for the veteran's services. Meanwhile, Brian Westbrook's future will depend heavily on his health after a season in which he missed eight games with concussions. Is he willing to have his deal redone and play a lesser role behind LeSean McCoy.

In terms of team needs, the article breaks it down as follows:

1. Free safety: The departure of Brian Dawkins hurt the Eagles a lot more than they expected. None of the three people that replaced him -- Sean Jones, Quintin Demps or Macho Harris -- were very effective, which had a trickle-down effect on the play of strong safety Quintin Mikell. The Eagles likely will look for a safety fairly early in the draft.

2. Defensive end:The Eagles need an every-down left end to complement Pro Bowl right end Trent Cole. Undersized Juqua Parker, who started at left end last year, had a career-high eight sacks but isn't a guy that requires extra attention from blockers. And he's not very good at the point of attack because of his size. The Eagles had hoped Victor Abiamiri might fill that role, but he can't stay healthy, and was used strictly as a nickel tackle last year.

3. Center: The Eagles' starting center, Jamaal Jackson, tore his ACL late in the season and it's unlikely he'll be anywhere close to 100 percent by the start of next season. Nick Cole replaced him in the Eagles' last two games, but Cole is a better guard than center.

Click here to check out the complete NFC East Off-Season Preview

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 9:30 a.m., February 17

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