The Philadelphia Eagles have released linebacker Brian Rolle, multiple news organizations are reporting. Rolle is being replaced by Adrian Moten, a 24-year-old that spent time with the Eagles during training camp.
Rolle, a second-year player that started 13 games for Philadelphia last season, was told of the news by head coach Andy Reid. According to Rolle, he did not expect it.
"I’m surprised to say the least," said Rolle. "I felt like there’s been tension the last couple weeks there anyway. I’m at a loss for words. It’s crazy but I know I’ll get an opportunity somewhere else. I know I did everything in my power and played hard, and obviously it was not enough. Wherever I end up, there’s going to be hell."
The release of the Ohio State University product comes after a poor performance on the Eagles' kickoff coverage in a 19-17 victory over the New York Giants. Rolle was demoted to second string this season after the organization upgraded the position in the offseason, signing DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. Rolle lost the position battle for weakside linebacker to Akeem Jordan during training camp.
Other roster moves by the Eagles featured guard Julian Vandervelde being signed from the practice squad after tight end/long snapper Kyle Nelson was released.