Eagles Release Kenny Phillips, Jamar Chaney
Pro Football Talk and Adam Caplan were first with the reports, respectively.
The 26-year-old Phillips just hasn’t been able to get healthy. He had major surgery on his left knee back in 2009 and hasn’t been the same player since. Phillips also dealt with a right knee injury that sidelined him for nine games last year, and he’s been dealing with a quad issue in recent weeks.
He played in the first preseason game against New England, but has sat out the last two.
The Eagles did not include any guaranteed money in Phillips’ contract when they signed him back in the spring. They knew this move was a possibility, but were hoping he could get healthy and help solidify what has been a problem position over the last several years.
Now, they’ll have to look elsewhere.
Patrick Chung appears to have one of the starting spots locked up, but the other one is still up for grabs. Nate Allen is the favorite, but rookie Earl Wolff rotated in with him on the first team vs. Jacksonville.
The Eagles also have Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson and David Sims on the roster. Anderson seems like a good bet to make the roster. Coleman is on the bubble, and Sims is likely a longshot.
Chaney, a seventh-round pick in 2010, started 23 games in three seasons, including five in 2012. In his first career start, he notched 16 tackles against the Giants as a rookie, but was not able to sustain that success.
I would like to thank the @Eagles & the fans for my time here,but its time to part ways. I know God has a plan, & in that plan I trust.
— Jamar Chaney (@Jamar51Chaney) August 25, 2013
The Eagles have some spots open at inside linebacker. DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks are the starters. Undrafted free agent Jake Knott has a good chance to make the squad. Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho are on the bubble.
This is another position the Eagles could address once other teams make cuts.
The roster currently stands at 76. The Eagles need to make one more cut by Tuesday at 4 p.m.