Eagles Release WR Arrelious Benn

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The Eagles are releasing WR Arrelious Benn, the team announced today.

Benn (6-2, 220) was acquired last offseason from the Bucs along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-rounder. He tore his left ACL during training camp and missed the entire season. Originally a second-round pick in 2010, he has 59 career catches for 862 yards and five touchdowns.


Benn, 25, now could catch on with another team. If that doesn't happen, there's a chance the Eagles bring him back. Per OverTheCap.com, Benn was scheduled to make $1 million in base salary in 2014 and had a cap hit of $1.1 million.

The Eagles have Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper penciled in as the starting wide receivers. They drafted Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff in the second and third rounds, respectively, last week.

Other wide receivers currently on the roster are: Jeff Maehl, Brad Smith, Damaris Johnson, B.J. Cunningham, Kadron Boone, Ifeanyi Momah, Will Murphy and Quron Pratt.

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  • DAWK215

    I somehow expected that. But why are Damaris Johnson and Ifeanyi Momah still on the roster?

    • Peter Patrick

      Momahs size and “upside” are too good to give up on, I’m assuming. Johnson? Who knows

      • Anebriated

        Can’t teach size. I want Momah spending 5 hours a day at the jugs machine though.

        • DAWK215

          I do agree his size and “speed” do make him a huge asset but he needs show that he can play at the NFL level. Spending 5hrs at the jugs maybe exactly what the doctor ordered.

          • Anebriated

            exactly. His hands are why he hasn’t cracked the roster yet. They keep stashing him on the PS hoping they’ll improve. Where were you on that one Avant?

    • Philly0312

      I’m guessing this might have something to do with health and salary.

    • Waffles

      I still like Johnson. I don’t think he’s been given much of a chance. I def think he could be an asset in the offense. He needs to have a good camp and pre-season though. I’ll be rooting for him.

      • http://boyga.com/ joolyen

        Chip said last year he wasn’t big on playing Jackson and Johnson at the same time. With Maclin out last year Johnson probably went from getting a few touches to nothing. In short, I agree with you on this.

      • Eagles1018

        Awesome name. Waffles. You should be on ST with Murderleg

    • Maggie

      Because it’s still only the middle of May?

  • Anebriated

    Is there offset language in the contract? at a 1.1m cap hit why would we bring him back and pay him vet minimum? We would end up paying him closer to 2 mil.

    • cliff henny

      no dead money, it frees up 1m. not sure why cutting him and bringing him back is being tossed out, dont see where that saves eagles all that much

      • Philly0312

        Vet min for Benn is 730k; it would save 370k. Not a small figure. All adds up.

        • cliff henny

          that’s NFL pennies. sal cap going to 150m+ in 2 yrs. mean, sure they can, seems like an odd guy to play hardball with for 370k

          • Philly0312

            That’s one perspective. If you don’t think the guy will make your team, that 370k can be useful. This guy isn’t an established vet with a history inside the organization. He’s just a guy. And I am guessing he is an unhealthy guy given this move.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Not gonna lie, I got a tryout and signed at minimum. They had to find $ to pay me to wave towels and chest bump on the sidelines.

        • Eagles1018

          You had me gassed for about 3 seconds….

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Hey, I’m no joke. Don’t sleep on it. I think I can be an amazing player. Ask my buddies.

            Doing my best impersonation of Attaochu…

          • Anebriated

            I was a 0 star recruit coming out of high school but I was friends with a few 4 stars… I went crazy cheering them on, everyone thought I was nuts and so did I because I was paranoid…

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Hahaha…

          • Maggie

            If you were truly paranoid, you wouldn’t have any friends because they’re all out to get you. ;-}

          • Jerry Pomroy

            No bs. A few years back I met Reno Mahe who was having his kids birthday party at the same Chuck E Cheese & seriously thought I could take his a$$ down. I coulda been a contenda.

          • Eagles1018

            I met old retired Troy Vincent at a pregame autograph signing one year. He finally shrunk down to my size and I’m sure he could still destroy me at any sport which requires athleticism. And I’m pretty fast and strong.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I’ve actually met a lot of guys. Jaworski, Barkley, Irving Fryar, Vai Sikahema, Dan Snyder…

          • Richard Colton

            Jaworski used to live in my town – great guy.
            You met Dan Snyder? He seems like a real d***

          • cliff henny

            took a run at Jaws’ niece out in LA. she showed me license and family picture-yup, wanted verification. Jaws is an ugly guy, picture him as a chick…i couldnt do it

          • Richard Colton

            smh

          • NCBiRDMann22

            Low down and dirty Lol! Just wrong…

          • cliff henny

            yeah, not my finest hour. worth it just to tell the story 10 yrs later on a bseagles blog

          • Eagles1018

            Long story…I met a chick at a club out in Orange County CA. One thing leads to another…I excuse myself to tell my friends I’m leaving with her so see you in the morning….

            Come back and she says some guy named Terrell Davis tried to talk to her. She had no idea who he was and refused. She said other chicks were telling her he’s like this 2 time Super Bowl champ…and she turned him down. As we’re walking out, TD is at the entrance of the club giving me the side eye. In my head I’m like Take your SB rings and shove em! That was a great night for a lot of reasons……..

          • cliff henny

            ha! awesome! best nfl story i have is warren moon’s kid tried to break into my house. him and 2 buddies literally were kicking in my front door. i freaked, kicked door open and was ready to go, though didnt realize i was slightly outmatched. usual jawing, but they didnt know i had Haydn, a 90 lb shepherd who came bombing out from the back,. told them 1 was getting hit by a shepherd, i’m putting 1 in hospitol…3rd guy ran like the wind, was greatest thing i ever saw-man, i miss that dog. kid ended up doing 6 months i think. Warren used to try and have me thrown out of bars, it was great, i loved seeing his old butt show up.

          • Tom W

            Greatest story ever! Jaws one was good too.

          • cliff henny

            used to lift w/ barkley, great guy. only him and i in gym at 5-30am, so i’d spot him. if he was bored, tell me to get on tredmill. same guy as on tv.

          • Eagles1018

            One of Dan Synders wide receivers owes me money…..

          • Eagles1018

            ..

        • Jerry Pomroy

          What no love? C’mon! I’ve got a shoulder issue just like Polk and I’m faster than Damaris. I’m perfect for the back end of the roster.

    • Philly0312

      No – he has zero dead money if cut, thereby resigning at vet min would save money.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Obviously wasn’t guaranteed so no offset language necessary

      • Anebriated

        Good call. I saw the 1.1m cap hit and for some reason thought dead money.

        • G_WallyHunter

          I had to go take a second look lol, if there was 1mil dead money for his contract I’d love to know which idiot signed him to that

          • Anebriated

            I’m a little tired today. Had a late night at Xfinity Live after playing in the cornhole league last night…

          • G_WallyHunter

            What’s that, u a philadelphian? I never understand these kind of references

          • Anebriated

            Xfinity Live is the newish bar they built right smack in the middle of the 3 stadiums in South Philly. Its basically 5 themed bars(Victory, Broad Street Bullies, PBR, a steakhouse of some sort and the NBC sports bar) under one roof.

            Cornhole/baggo/the beanbag toss game. goes by a lot of names but its a great tailgating game. Leagues are starting to pop up so Im hoping to take my 0 star’s and play in the big leagues one day. Ill make it happen!

          • G_WallyHunter

            damn, that sounds fantastic, I hope to one day make it down there. Everything about what you just said, sounds like it’d be a damn good getaway for me haha

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Yeah, Wally’s a friend from north of the border.

          • Anebriated

            Sorry to hear that Wally.

  • Chip Kelly

    I’m checking NJ.com for any clues…keep you guys updated.

  • Andy

    Who is Quron Pratt?

    • cliff henny

      Damaris Johnson, but actually fast

    • Richard Colton

      Todd Pinkston, but with thicker ankles

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Bwahhhahaahaa!

      • Maggie

        Sir! You are no gentleman, ogling ankles!

    • dp03

      Receiver out of Rutgers. Has what Kelly loves most, versatility. Pretty good at alot of WR things, but not great at any. His best role may be special teams, he blocked a punt and had a kickoff return for a TD last year. Also a smart kid, in the running for the Cambell “Academic Heisman” trophy.

      Ran a 4.43 at the RU pro day.

  • Weapon Y

    That was mildly unexpected. I thought he would be the number five receiver on the team. I guess that makes Brad Smith the favorite for that role.

  • cliff henny

    maybe opening up space for Andre Johnson or Greg Little?

    • Jerry Pomroy

      That’s my initial thought…

      • cliff henny

        be nice. Kelly better be renventing game, like letting it be played with 2 footballs

      • NCBiRDMann22

        Lol guess Benn is our odd man out?

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Ahh, there you are. Was waiting to see how long it’d take for you to catch on.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            There goes the stable…lol.

          • NCBiRDMann22

            Haha I love this stuff. Small moves to grab another Texan. They should call us the philadelphiatexanbills

          • Anebriated

            They’re our farm team. Much like the Astros…

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Much like I used to call the Ravens the little Eagles. That was until the bastards won another SB.

          • NCBiRDMann22

            What’s the next move Jerry?

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I’d be on the phone talking with Texans. If I can’t bring in Andre, I’m looking for a reliable backup RB to push Polk.

          • NCBiRDMann22

            I dig it! Really push these guys to the next level. Only way to extract greatness is to create undeniable competition on all fronts. No man is secure…except Nicki9

          • dnabrice

            Except we didn’t get Byrd……

    • Javi Echie

      I doubt we trade for Andre but damn it would be great to see him in Philly, he would make our offense unstoppable. I wouldn’t mind Little to replace Benn since he is durable but dude has stone hands but also has the measurables the Chippah likes.

    • Anebriated

      Can only hope. Id prefer the former. Its a bad sign when a team like the Browns who might be sans Gordon all year are letting a receiver go.

      • cliff henny

        just read they let him go for personality issues.

        • Anebriated

          Yeah he doesnt seem like the ideal fit based on recent history with Chip Kelly… Im guessing Little signs with Carolina. They need help and hes born and raised there, went to UNC.

          • cliff henny

            can he beat out ex eagles Mcnutt and Avant? Cam is really screwed.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I’m not even gonna say what the name McNutt brings to mind. But don’t ever complain about your order at McDonalds.

          • Maggie

            Eeeww!

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Yup exactly.

          • Cliff Ainley

            Buddah bumbah bah!

          • dnabrice

            I just read somewhere that a McDonald’s burger only contains 15% real meat.

    • JofreyRice

      I’m wondering if Kelly wants to add Daryl Richardson, who was waived by the Rams. Averaged almost 5 YPC in 2012 for the Rams, but fell off a bit because of turf toe.

      • Anebriated

        I almost made that comment earlier when I saw he had been released. I still like the Shady-Polk-Sproles combo but Im all for adding more competition and letting the best players win.

      • cliff henny

        where did he play college ball? both Josey and Fluellen are out of single back spread colleges

        • Anebriated

          Abilene Christian. They run single back spread? lol

          • cliff henny

            i have issues, but not that deep

          • Anebriated

            agreed, although I may or may not have tried to find it while glancing through google… I’m not exactly proud of it.

          • cliff henny

            whatever they ran, lit up D2, had 80 point game in ’12. so, guessing spread cause qb had a 400 yd passing 100 yd running.

      • Anebriated

        The Jets were awarded Richardson via waivers.

    • Joe L

      Sort of hoping this is a joke.

      • Joe from Easton

        I’d take the natural in a heartbeat. He’s got a few years of good football left in him especially if he’s in a place where he’s not carrying the entire offense. Imagine (from left to right) Johnson, Coop, Shady or Sproles, Ertz, and Jordan Matthews in the red zone? Good luck defense.

        • Joe L

          Yea, but Houston just isn’t going to release him, and they aren’t just giving him up for a bag of scrap metal like some people seem to assume. So you’d be giving up a decent haul to pay a 33 year old $10 million a year.

          • Joe from Easton

            Conditional 3rd / 4th rounder for a malcontent receiver and save them $10 million a year for what is surely rebuilding ahead? Just might work.

          • Joe L

            Steve Johnson just got traded for a similar pick. How wouldn’t AJ go for more?

          • Joe from Easton

            Age, salary, disposition… to name a few things.

          • Joe L

            Disposition? Don’t confuse being upset about going through a rebuilding stage in the latter years of his career because this is one of the hardest workers in football and front offices know that.

          • Joe from Easton

            I know, but his current mind set will certainly affect that. If he doesn’t want to play and is talking about holding out already then I’m sure they’re not viewing him a hard working lunch pale guy right now.

          • Joe from Easton

            This is complete conjecture and I’m about 99% sure the Eagles don’t go near him and he probably isn’t even released. Just fun to speculate.

          • Anebriated

            Stevie Johnson went to the 49ers for a 4th. Anquan Boldin for a 6th. DJax wasn’t even tradeable because of his contract. Johnson can force the Texans hand by holding out. Its not out of the question that a mid-late round pick could make it happen.

          • Joe L

            And AJ is right around 10 x the receiver of the players you mentioned, even at 33.

          • Anebriated

            They might be a tier below the Andre/Calvin/Larry level but they are still solid WRs in the league. And like I said previously Andre can force his way out if he wants.

          • Richard Colton

            I’ll give you everything we got from the DeSean trade, plus the rights to Mohmah. Deal?

          • Tom Kazansky

            So from whom would you like AJ to take snaps? Maclin, Coop, Huff, Matthews? Plus, I’m guessing we want to ADD 2015 draft picks for ammo in case Mariota falls on draft day.

          • Andy124

            Why would we care if Mariota falls?

          • Tom Kazansky

            Because the threat of a QB run is a force multiplier in this offense.

            ETA: And with Foles we lack that threat, which means the backside end can crash 100% of the time and we waste a TE having to block that dude.

          • Andy124

            lol. Ok, whatever you say.

          • Tom Kazansky

            I’m new here, so I’m not really sure what your issue is? Do you disagree with the notion that we’d consider Mariota or is what I’m saying about the scheme not factually correct?

          • Andy124

            The Foles vs. mobile qb debate has been beaten to death here. The idea of replacing Foles at this point is simply laughable and not worthy of any further response. I’m not engaging in that debate again. Have a nice night.

          • Tom Kazansky

            Understood. Not trying to be a jerk. Appreciate the explanation.

          • Andy124

            Roger that Iceman.

  • Tim_A_H

    I remember last year’s excitement for DJ2 (Desean Jackson and Damaris Johnson), both speedy little guys. Then Momah is huge and fast, just needed to improve routes and hands. It’ll be interesting to see if Johnson and Momah can figure it out this year.

    • southy

      ” just needed to improve routes and hands” is a hell of an understatement. might as well have tried to complete an out route to a giraffe.

      • Maggie

        Well, like the scouts say, the giraffe is ‘long’! with really long ‘arms’! Stone hands though.

  • Maggie

    Sheil or Tim: Are you allowed into the rookie days at all? Will you have some reports or comments at the end of today or the weekend?

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I think they’ll be talking to the rookies this afternoon. They said so at the end of one of the earlier articles.

      • Anebriated

        This just reminded me that there was a Howie interview on the radio maybe 30 minutes ago :( hopefully they put up the audio soon.

        • Peter Patrick

          It actually just ended about 5 minutes ago. Some good stuff. Draft tidbits, why they picked jaylen watkins and huff, etc

          • Anebriated

            Ill definitely check it out after the interview with the sixers CEO is over. If its available anyway.

      • Maggie

        Thanks. I missed it first, had to go out, saw it upon return.

  • Token

    I remember when people were saying how good this guy was gonna be. Hes a never was. A career bum and injury prone on top of that. Glad hes not stealing money anymore. I would be surprised to see him come back as training camp fodder tho. Id rather see someone with some outside chance of being a good player take that spot.

  • dislikedisqus

    76+ comments about the release of a guy who has never played a snap for the Iggles?

    • Anebriated

      It’s almost like Eagles fans like to talk about the team or something.

  • https://www.skinnypost.com/ GayleSaunders

    Benn was built of Glass…could never get healthy

  • borntosuffer

    And I was looking forward to seeing how he might perform this year. Better keep my day job. My “resume” as a talent evaluator is suspect.

  • cliff henny

    Kelly is brinnging luck of the Irish w/ him. Mathis got popped for 4 games,wil lmiss Eagles MNF

    • Joe from Easton

      What?!

      • cliff henny

        PEDs

        • Joe from Easton

          You friggin’ serious man? That’s a blow.

        • Anebriated

          whered you see this? If true it might help explain how Mathis went from journeyman to all-pro…

          • Joe from Easton

            I can’t find anything about this. I don’t doubt Henny though.

          • cliff henny

            it’s official, schefler tweeted it

            Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 1m

            So Robert Mathis now will miss games against Broncos, Eagles, Jaguars, Titans. Major loss for Indy D.

          • Joe from Easton

            Oh $h!t… I see what you did there… Thought you meant EVANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.

          • cliff henny

            oh no, lol…my post would have been slightly more hysterical

          • Tom Kazansky

            Whew!

          • Anebriated

            Robert Mathis, not Evan Mathis… OK dont care anymore lol

          • cliff henny

            still, make Indy weaker.

          • Anebriated

            It made Indy weaker and took a year off my life…

          • RandyD

            Robert Mathis per ESPN.

    • mtn_green

      Couldn’t down vote you enough for panicking me. Still hitting the button.

    • NickS1

      Man, if we win, all the Negadelphians will just continue to spout that crap about how we’re just lucky.

  • himbison

    Didnt Momah start out on D then convert to WR at Boston College? I wonder if he would do better at OLB with that size and speed

    • anon

      Defensive back?

  • oreofestar

    Any WRs out there you think we may sign

  • DirtyWaters

    Can’t believe I gotta get rid of my #17 jersey.

    • glngarryglnross

      My #17 Eagels Jersey has never changed. Always will be Carmichael

      • DirtyWaters

        Mine is actually a Rod Brind’Amour.

  • NickS1

    Guess Cooper is better than Benn after all.