NFL teams have until 9pm tonight to trim their roster 53 and the Philadelphia Eagles are almost there. The team announced 19 cuts this afternoon leaving their roster at 56. That means they have 3 more moves to make to get to the 53 man limit.
The one notable name of this round of cuts is veteran corner Joselio Hanson, who has never quite lived up to the 5-year $21 million deal he got from the Eagles in 2009. He was beaten out for the slot corner job by rookie Brandon Boykin this preseason.
Oshiomogo Atogwe was the other recognizable name released, but given that the veteran safety failed to get healthy all preseason, his departure is not a surprise. 2nd year safety Jaiquwan Jarrett has made the team, but the Eagles will likely be coming the waiver wire for another vet safety.
As for other notables. Keenan Clayton simply didn't do enough to keep his spot. Rookie Marvin McNutt was let go after failing to distinguish himself in the preseason. WR Mardy Gilyard was also axed despite his good preseason performance. Finally, our old pal Chad Hall did not make the cut. Here's the full list.
S OJ Atogwe, CB Joselio Hanson, TE Brett Brackett, LB Keenan Clayton, DT Landon Cohen, TE Chase Ford, WR Mardy Gilyard, WR Chad Hall, FB Emil Igwenagu, OT DJ Jones, WR Marvin McNutt, LB Adrien Moten, DT Ollie Ogbu, LB Ryan Rau, DE Monte Taylor, S Phillip Thomas, DT Frank Trotter, OL Stave Vallos, and OL Brandon Washington.
There are three cuts/subtractions left to make. Oddly punter Mat McBriar has yet to be cut, perhaps they're trying to trade him? I don't know who will trade for a punter... but there's got to be some reason he's still around. Word is that Mike Kafka is being shopped around for a possible trade. And also, there's still 4 RBs on the roster. So there's a chance that one of Dion Lewis, Chris Polk or Bryce Brown could be let go or traded as well.