Eagles Sign OL Scott, Release Vandervelde

Another week, another roster move on the Eagles’ offensive line.

The team announced today that it has signed veteran Jake Scott and released Julian Vandervelde.

Scott, 31, started 121 games from 2004 to 2011. He spent the first four years of his career with the Colts and played under Howard Mudd. Scott then moved on to the Titans. He’s started three games at right tackle, but has played mostly guard throughout his career.

There’s no major injury with Scott. He started every game the past seven seasons. Apparently, he didn’t get the money he thought he deserved on the open market during the offseason.

“I’m not angry.  This is my decision,” he told Ross Tucker back in September. “It is a business and it is my decision not to be on a team right now.”

As for the Eagles, their offensive line continues to be a mess (details here). If Scott’s able to play right away, the guess is he’d fill in at right guard. Danny Watkins has missed three straight games with an ankle injury. Dennis Kelly has filled in, but struggled. Kelly could replace either Demetress Bell or King Dunlap at one of the tackle spots.

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  • What Would Saracen Do?

    I’m curious why this didn’t happen sooner. He has a lot of experience in Mudd’s system, which gives him an immediate edge over just about everyone except Mathis. Hopefully this signing helps.

  • Peter

    A good move. Just wondering if it will made any difference…

  • Peter

    As the piece says, “Apparently, he didn’t get the money he thought he deserved on the open market during the offseason.”

    • What Would Saracen Do?

      Yes, but during the season actual so far, the Eagles o-line has been consistently among the worst in the NFL in pass protection. We’ve suffered massive injuries before and during the year (Peters in the offseason. Kelce, Watkins, Dunlap (for a couple of games) and Herramanas during the season. Not to mention the horrid performance of 2nd stringers such as Bell, Dunlap, Reynolds, and Watkins). Furthermore, the Eagles currently lead the NFL in cap room with $21,716,957.

      Considering all of the above, you’d figure that the Eagles would try to address the o-line earlier than Week 10, especially since Mudd’s system has been described as “difficult to pick up.”

      • UncleCarm

        What are we going to do after we run out of ex-Colts that are out of work

      • Sb2bowl

        I believe that they are rolling that money over into next year, since we are a projected 18$ million over at this point.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Jake Scott? Who’s next, Bob Kuechenberg?

  • snapcreeker

    Another vet on the line can help the rookies! I like it