NFL Trade Deadline: Competitive NFC East Could Be Active

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 2: Trent Williams #71 and Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins celebrate in the fourth quarter of the game against the St. Louis Rams October 2, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Redskins defeated the Rams 17-10. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Will the NFC East be active at the trade deadline? Here's a list of team needs and potential targets for the Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins and Giants. Click here for all of our NFL trade rumors.

The NFC East could be a player as the NFL trade deadline nears because all four teams are still in contention in the division. The Eagles' 'Dream Team' has a lot of talent but they haven't won consistently, the Giants are winning despite a rash of injuries, the Redskins could use some offensive line help after an injury-riddled Week 6 and the Cowboys are more likely to be sellers, not buyers, at the deadline.

Here's a look at where the NFC East stands entering Tuesday's trade deadline:

New York Giants

Team needs: offensive line

The Giants are playing well enough right now but there are some future concerns along the offensive line whether it's due to inability or age. The Giants likely won't make any moves at offensive line but it's something to keep in mind moving forward.

Potential targets: none

The Giants are banged up any moves they made would be for the short-term. Overall, this is a good roster with no desperate needs.

Dallas Cowboys

Team needs: cornerback

They were in on the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes so it's believed they could use an upgrade at cornerback if the right player were available, but it's unlikely that player will be available. Despite that, it doesn't appear the Cowboys will be active at the trade deadline.

Potential targets: Asante Samuel

I can't see a trade between division rivals going down but Samuel would be a nice deadline deal for the Cowboys. Dallas is more likely to be selling rather than buying at the deadline, if they make any moves. 

Philadelphia Eagles

Team needs: safety, linebacker

The Eagles offense is playing very well and ranks among the league's best but their defense has had its fair share of problems. Two positions could use an upgrade and that includes safety and linebacker, especially when it comes to those that can play the run well.

Potential targets: Brian Dawkins, D.J. Williams

Those two players were brought up by ESPN's Adam Schefter in trades that should happen, but probably won't. Dawkins played in Philly for over a decade and could immediately step in while Williams would be an upgrade at linebacker. They can both help stop the run, which is the biggest concern in Philly.

Washington Redskins

Team needs: offensive line

We'll avoid putting quarterback on that list because it's unlikely they would make a move there but the Redskins could be looking for offensive line help. Starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger suffered what could be a season-ending injury on Sunday and Trent Williams went down with an ankle injury. Missing those guys for large portions of the season would be a big blow to a surprising Redskins team.

Potential targets: Jason Smith, Kareem McKenzie

There aren't any rumors surrounding these offensive tackles and a trade is unlikely but the Redskins, if they're looking for offensive line help, could do a lot worse. Smith was a highly touted player coming out of college (and thus has a big contract) but has been very average in the NFL while McKenzie, a long-time Giant, is entering the final year of his contract. Trades between division rivals usually don't happen.

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