Eagles Release Jason Phillips

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

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.

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  • CrackSammich

    “…part of the motivation for cutting Phillips now, we’re told, was to give him a chance to sign with another team.”

    It’s not you, Jason, it’s us. We’re just not ready for a relationship right now, and it’s not fair to you to keep stringing you along. There’s plenty of teams in the sea, afterall.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      maybe something to it. ‘Allas just lost a LB for the year. Holloman, believe he’s a backup (but hey, who isnt on that ‘enfense).

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    welp, think Howie woke up and saw his shadow. we’re getting 1 more year of everyone’s favorite, caseymatthews

    • Dominik

      I want to downvote this comment.

      Seriously, I’m surprised. Not because Phillips played good in PS or had a good camp (according to the beat reporters), but because he at least gave Acho competition.

      Let’s not kid ourselves here, we have 2 solid starters and one (seems to be) decent back-up. Other than that, this position is a mess. I don’t think you can go with 3 ILBs, but there sure is no one worth keeping.

      If you want to fire a player now, how about Casey Matthews or Casey Spears? Now that would make sense.

      • JofreyRice

        who’s the decent backup? Najee “Wilson” Goode?

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/RipperEagle96?feature=mhee RJ

          I think that’s who he means. Goode did get looks in the middle last year, and probably will seen more this year spelling Ryans in more situations.

        • Johnny Domino

          Well, they did use to call the special teams the “bomb squad”.

        • Token

          Who needs backups that can actually play a position? Those are valuable roster spots reserved for ST aces. Or even Oregon guys that arent even that great on ST like Casey Matthews.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          read that Long and Kaddu (has he even played preseason?) are working in as MLB. maybe can go lite on MLBs b/c bringing in Curry, Graham, Boykin or Carroll should mean Ryans comes off field.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        yeah, that’s the joke.

        • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

          never too early to cut caseymatthews. Problem is, they have zero depth at the position. Zero. God forbid anything happens to Kendricks or Meco, the drop off would be more severe than any position on the team aside from RB.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            do seem to like Knott. you know my working theory, hang 50 and you and i can play mlb.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            I can run all day Cliff, but no closing speed. Afraid I’d be limited to longsnapper. Knott’s looked OK. Still think we completely neglected ILB in the offseason to our detriment. KVN was versatile to move inside/outside. Don’t think Smith II can play ILB.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            i’ll be the thumper. my bone density must be crazy, i’ve never broken even a nail in my life. fallen off roofs, car accidents, hit with beer bottles in bar fights, nothing, couple stitches couple staples.
            .
            Barwin guess could move inside and have ms2 or long take over at olb. yeah, need mk and ryans to not miss more than 2 or 3 games combined.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            you’re tempting fate. body starts to break down eventually.

            Seriously though, we have 1.5 defensive playmakers on this team (your boy Wolff has yet to prove it). If Kendricks were to miss extended action. We would be screwed.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            he looked good in NE. if i was DC, i’d blitz Wolff every down, just so i could say ‘i’m sending the Wolff’.

          • RIP illa

            Didn’t he only have like one good play vs NE? Really didn’t see him look to good outside of that. Sorry Cliff, but I don’t think the kid has it! Athletic and strong…ish, but lacks the mental side of the game and something’s gotta be up with his equilibrium, depth perception, or something, with the amount of bad angles he takes!

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            yeah, but you have to admit…great NFL name.

          • RIP illa

            This is true.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            but, but, buuuut…he’s not Nate Allen.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            you ain’t got no problem chip. sit back, chill them Broncos out, and wait for the Wolff, who should arrive shortly.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            If only Allen were a Wolff in sheep’s clothing. Instead, he’s just a sheep.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Every Wolff sack the stadium could play some Duran Duran, “Hungry Like the Wolf(f)”…. wait, maybe that’s not a great idea.

          • RIP illa

            Most likely right, but in those 2 games he missed last year Goode was more than adequate. Not to say that he’s anywhere close to being a starter in this league, but gave me some faith that we had at least one decent backup at the ILB spot. Outside of him I don’t think we have any depth. Like you said, we neglected it this year, and completely crapped the bed by trying to hang our hat on Phillips and Matthews, at the start of last years camp.

          • Dominik

            Most likely right, but in those 2 games he missed last year Goode was more than adequate. Not to say that he’s anywhere close to being a starter in this league, but gave me some faith that we had at least one decent backup at the ILB spot

            Exactly. Goode was like Barbre – didn’t play much but was solid when he had to. I don’t expect more out of back-ups, to be honest with you.

            Behind Goode – there is really nothing. Let’s just hope they like Acho this time and keep him until week 5. Then decide if they want Knott or not. It would be such a shame to have caseymatthews again on this roster. Such a freakin shame.

            I thought about Barwin as an emergency option, too. Doesn’t seem likely.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Better off just playing 10.

    • RIP illa

      Shouldn’t be one or the other, they both suck and should be gone.

      One down…and one Casey Matthews to go!

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        hopefully just a matter of time. though think CM will make it as 4th mlb out of camp for sure now. hopefully once knott gets off suspension that’ll be the faitfull day we’ve been waiting for.

        • RIP illa

          Just makes no sense to keep him unless Goode and Acho or Knott are nowhere near functional on ST. Plus guess who’s not eligible for the new 2 spots on the practice squad…Matthews. Seems like everything is coming to tether for him to depart and never put on an eagles jersey again. But your probably right tho.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            Keep three. Meco/Kendricks/Goode – that should get us through 4 weeks until Knott gets back. Use the extra roster spot for Long I guess. Really no reason to keep caseymatthews. Our long civic nightmare will soon be over.

          • RIP illa

            I like it. We kept 3 OLBs last year and Casey Matthews to fill in in case of emergency, so yeah I’m down with switching it to 3 ILBs for the 1st 4 games.

    • John J. King

      Say it ain’t so!

  • http://themoranimal.wordpress.com WilmingtonDan

    Meh. If all Casey Matthews does is play special teams, I’m alright with that.

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      me too. as long as its for the Giants.

      • Eagles4Life

        Amen.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RipperEagle96?feature=mhee RJ

    Too bad he is gone, lost last year due to the torn ACL. He will catch on somewhere else.

  • Rick H

    Shame about his injury. Good luck Jason! It is tough to keep a special teams guy that isn’t fully healthy.

  • NickS, Combine Warrior

    Wish we could get Hapfor “Thor” Bjornsson in an Eagles uniform.

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      is that the guy from Game of Thrones? Think he might be juicing?

      let me put it a different way. think there’s any chance he isn’t juicing?

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        No chance in hell he isn’t. I’m okay with it. Sure he’d be fine after stopping.

  • Javi Echie

    Supposedly the Eagles have just aquired Kenjon Barner from Carolina for a conditional 7th rounder

    • Adam G

      Absolutely shocked they acquired another ex-Oregon player.

      • Javi Echie

        I’m thinking this doesn’t bode well for Polk

  • Token

    My god another Oregon Duck….

    10% of the Eagles’ roster are former Oregon Ducks. – Kempski