The Super Bowl was three months back, and three months still remain until Hall of Fame weekend. But for the most part, with the bulk of free agency finished and this year's draft in the books, NFL teams by now have assembled the rosters they will carry into the 2006 regular season.
Here's a division-by-division overview of each NFC club's work as the long personnel-acquisition stage of the offseason slows to a crawl.
Headline additions: Signed linebacker LaVar Arrington and cornerback Sam Madison and traded down in the first round to draft Boston College defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka.
Offseason vibe: The Giants might have been "outcoached'' in losing their first-round home playoff game against Carolina 23-0, but they didn't overreact to the defeat that erased some of the luster of their surprising NFC East title. New York did, however, go to work on its defense, making a major addition to all three segments. The problem? The Giants have a tougher schedule in 2006, and its division opponents improved as well.
Headline additions: Hired Al Saunders as associate head coach/offense and signed receiver Antwaan Randle El and defensive end Andre Carter.
Offseason vibe: Death, taxes and a huge Redskins free-agent signing spree: Those are your three givens in life. Call me crazy, but from all appearances the Redskins had a pretty successful thing going in the second half of last season, and I'm not sure why they felt the need to rip up 25 percent of their roster. Saunders adds another ex-head coach and another layer of management to the top-heavy staff, and Washington's new-look receiving corps has an undeniable redundancy factor.
Headline additions: Signed a certain controversial receiver who goes by the initials T.O. and tends to make news the way Shaun Alexander produces touchdowns -- relentlessly. Oh, and they signed kicker Mike Vanderjagt, too.
Offseason vibe: A deal with the devil. A roll of the dice. A one-year go-for-broke (and the Super Bowl) move. The Cowboys can't deny that signing Terrell Owens is all of that. But with the clock ticking on head coach Bill Parcells' next (and final?) retirement, Dallas is taking the gamble on the game's most enigmatic talent with its eyes wide open. And here's an indisputable observation: The Cowboys are a much more explosive offense having swapped Keyshawn Johnson for Owens.
Headline additions: Signed defensive end Darren Howard and drafted defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley in the first round.
Offseason vibe: The Eagles bottomed out in the T.O.-induced quagmire that was 2005, but it's foolhardy to assume their window of playoff contention in the NFC East has been shut and bolted. Coach Andy Reid went back to work rebuilding his offensive and defensive lines this offseason, and strength up front was the foundation on which Philly made the postseason for five consecutive years from 2000 to '04. If Donovan McNabb is healthy, Philly looks like a team bent on a comeback.