The Philadelphia Eagles have officially finalized their 53-man roster, cutting a total of 22 players.
They released 19 players earlier today, which included cornerback Joselio Hanson, linebacker Keenan Clayton, safeties OJ Atogwe and Phillip Thomas, and wide receivers Marvin McNutt, Chad Hall, and Mardy Gilyard. They also released Brandon Washington, a sixth round draft pick this past year.
The final three players were just released, and they are quarterback Mike Kafka, defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, and punter Mat McBriar.
The Eagles tried to trade Kafka but the value for a former fourth round draft pick who has thrown just 16 passes in his NFL career is not very high. Plus all NFL teams knew that the Eagles would end up releasing Kafka before 9 p.m. because veteran Trent Edwards won the third spot at quarterback.
Veteran defensive tackle Antonio Dixon was also shopped, and I expected that the Eagles would trade him to the Indianapolis Colts or Cleveland Browns for a seventh round draft pick. But the value for Dixon wasn’t very high, again probably because teams knew that Dixon would just be released anyway. This ends his four-year stint with the Eagles, which included a very productive 2010 season in which he was probably the team’s defensive breakout player of the year.
McBriar was the final player released. Many expected him to beat out second-year man Chas Henry as the top punter but Henry responded to the challenge with a stellar training camp and won the job.
The Eagles will now begin the task of evaluating the players cut from other NFL teams, and will almost undoubtedly add a veteran safety.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.