The Eagles released linebacker Jason Phillips on Tuesday.
Phillips was a free-agent pick up last season and was expected to be a key contributor on special teams but tore his ACL in training camp and spent the year on injured reserve. He was a regular on the practice fields this summer but obviously didn’t bounce back like the team had hoped.
The 28-year-old played a total of 71 snaps on defense in the Eagles’ two preseason games and had one tackle. He also played 35 snaps on special teams.
The remaining inside linebackers on the roster include DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho, Najee Goode and Jake Knott, who is suspended for the first four games after failing a drug test.
While the move offers the Eagles the opportunity to bring another player in, part of the motivation for cutting Phillips now, we’re told, was to give him a chance to sign with another team.