Philadelphia Eagles Start to Shed Players

With new Coach Chip Kelly, expect the roster of the Philadelphia Eagles to be overhauled.

The casualties continue to mount.

Once the Philadelphia Eagles fired Andy Reid, you knew that any new coach coming on board would want to shake up the roster.

Now that Chip Kelly is here, General Manager Howie Roseman is starting to make some roster cuts.

That's expected from any team once a season concludes and a Super Bowl ends. This time of the year is the business side of football when front offices review contracts and try to cut corners to help with some manueverability with the salary cap.

The Eagles are no different.

The first move the team made was restructing the contract of Quarterback Michael Vick, ensuring that he wouldn't be paid $15 million next year.

Then, with a healthy return of tackle Jason Peters expected, the team made a smart move by cutting ties with disappointing replacement DeMetrius Bell, who couldn't even unseat King Dunlap at the position.

Now the focus is on defense.

First, the Birds decided that cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was really not in the team's plans based on his poor play last season. So the team won't be making an offer to this high-profile free agent.

And this past week the team shed wide bodies Mike Patterson, a longtime Eagle, and Cullen Jenkins, one of the "Dream Team" free agent busts.

Those moves were designed as measures for the Birds to set up a new defense with an attacking unit that may focus on a 3-4 instead of a 4-3. Patterson and Jenkins just didn't fit the bill.

The interesting roster decision will be what to do with cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who when signed as a free agent was supposed to be the best in the business.

He's probably been the Birds' biggest bust the past two years.

Asomugha is expected to get $4 million if the team releases him and the Eagles have been in talks with his agent to maybe restructure his contract.

Maybe Asomugha just wasn't utilized properly under Reid's defensive generals. Maybe a fresh start might make this free agent bust return to his All-Pro ways.

But, in the coming weeks as the NFL Draft nears, expect the Philadelphia Eagles to keep making more roster moves and to keep shedding players who were part of losing efforts the past two years.

Cathy Walsh Timberlake March 01, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Oh my gosh, enough with the same retoric! Please tell me where your glass house is, I have a few stones to toss, since you always are tossing them!
Richard Weisgrau March 02, 2013 at 06:02 AM
Dino wrote: "Those moves were designed as measures for the Birds to set up a new defense with an attacking unit that may focus on a 3-4 instead of a 4-3." If Kelly puts a 3-4 defense in place I will be impressed. The Eagles suffered from a lack of appreciation of good linebacking. The 3-4 stops the run, cuts off the short pass, and makes blitzing productive.
Bill Sams March 02, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I can't understand how Getting rid of Jenkins and Keeping Vick will Help the eagles
Liberty 1 March 02, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Just get rid of him because his best years are behind him. Left them at the prison gate. Sorry couldn't help it.
Liberty 1 March 02, 2013 at 09:07 PM
As bad as the Birds were in the late 60's through most of the 70's they were more fun to watch. They aren't going anywhere with Jeffrey still owning them.


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