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Eagles won’t re-sign any of their unrestricted free agents

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Most teams talk endlessly about the importance of re-signing their own players.  The Eagles are taking the exact opposite approach.

The Eagles won’t re-sign any of their free agents.

Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the team won’t pursue linebacker Stewart Bradley.  Or safety Quintin Mikell.  Or punter Sav Rocca.  Or running back Jerome Harrison.  Others that will get ignored: cornerback Dimitri Patterson, center Nick Cole and guard Max Jean-Gilles.

Bradley and Harrison are probably the biggest surprises on that list.  Harrison produced well as LeSean McCoy’s backup, but the team drafted a running back and will look elsewhere in free agency.  Bradley was a team leader for a while, but won’t merit an offer.

We know the Eagles are gearing up to make big moves in free agency.  They needed to clear the decks, and they did so by letting go of their entire free agent class.

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67 Responses to “Eagles won’t re-sign any of their unrestricted free agents”
  1. polishrod says: Jul 26, 2011 5:16 PM

    WOW, no Bradley. I’m shocked, I thought he was definitely coming back

  2. frankfordyellowjackets says: Jul 26, 2011 5:17 PM

    Stew had a lot of potential but he was always injured.

  3. trbowman says: Jul 26, 2011 5:17 PM

    Nmandi Asomugha

  4. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 26, 2011 5:18 PM

    Eagles will make the biggest splash in free agency.

  5. steel6times says: Jul 26, 2011 5:19 PM

    HAHA what a bunch of LOSERS!!!

  6. woojik says: Jul 26, 2011 5:19 PM

    not a big surprise. i’m sure one or two of them might be back if the price is right.

  7. stevo8drum says: Jul 26, 2011 5:20 PM

    they have 40 million + in cap space. i cannot wait to hear what we do.

  8. phillychzstk2012 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:20 PM

    oh god. please bring us LINEBACKER help!!!! we have nothing but SMURFS on defence as it stands!

  9. ranx777 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:20 PM

    AND SIDNEY RICE was just spotted here in Kansas City visiting!!

  10. halo81 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:21 PM

    Brilliant. Let Stew go. The one f’ing linebacker we have with some size in the middle.

    I guess they think Clay Matthews little brother will be as good as him as a rookie because they’re related?

    Jackoffs.

  11. smellsmalicious says: Jul 26, 2011 5:21 PM

    gonna miss mikell. that’s about all from that list.

  12. nineroutsider says: Jul 26, 2011 5:21 PM

    Don’t get your hopes up Eagles fans, Nmandi is going to be a Niner.

  13. philleagles says: Jul 26, 2011 5:22 PM

    and ill be expecting BIG MOVES to happen, not just talked about..

  14. bturner032002 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:22 PM

    if the eagles trade kolb and vick gets hurt they are gonna be worse off than the raider and bills.

  15. polishrod says: Jul 26, 2011 5:23 PM

    frankfordyellowjackets says:Jul 26, 2011 5:17 PM

    Stew had a lot of potential but he was always injured.

    ————–

    That is very true, spent last 2 years getting paid for very little play. Still, the Eagles did that for years with Buckhalter

    I guess it’s all-in with Chaney and Fokou this year, and it sounds like Jordan (much better on ST then Bradley) could be back now too.

  16. andyreidisfat says: Jul 26, 2011 5:23 PM

    My guess is Stewy B. Not coming back means the Eagles are going target a linebacker in free agency. heres hoping its pozoloski (spelling?) wouldn’t be surprised if they went after Kirk Morrison though.

    I really hope they are not clearing space for Nnamdi as i think he will be to over priced. Don’t get me wrong, i’d take him. But i’d rather jospeh or DRC.

  17. mississippibred says: Jul 26, 2011 5:24 PM

    probably trbowman though, i think they are STILL over the cap.

  18. lesticles1983 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:24 PM

    Reggie Bush

  19. mississippibred says: Jul 26, 2011 5:24 PM

    stevo8drum, your right i was thinking of the jets haha green, northeast same thing? no i know i was wrong my b

  20. phillychzstk2012 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:24 PM

    Ohhh buddeh we have some cash to spend

  21. dcbassguy says: Jul 26, 2011 5:25 PM

    No one from this group of players will be missed.

    Bradley and Harrison think they should get big contracts. Mikell is a solid player, but not worth a long deal that he expects.

    Sav Rocca is the one I’ll miss the most. He really liked to hit people. When i saw today that they signed the Ray Guy award winner from last year, I was expecting Rocca to get the “BOOT”.

  22. peterfeldersnatch says: Jul 26, 2011 5:26 PM

    making cap room to bring in the old gun slinger .b farve. and possibly fat albert

  23. phillyphever says: Jul 26, 2011 5:28 PM

    I’m sure there will be a few more names added to the list soon.

  24. citiciti says: Jul 26, 2011 5:28 PM

    FARVE says: PICK ME PICK ME!!remember there was always that one guy in the pick up games.So sad FARVE so sad.

  25. greengob1in says: Jul 26, 2011 5:29 PM

    Thank god, all of those players suck except Mikell and Harrison who are getting up there in age. Jean-Gilles and Nick Cole are awful, Dimitri Patterson gets burned by everyone, and Stew Bradley cannot cover a tightend nor stay away from an injury.

  26. We'reFineThere says: Jul 26, 2011 5:29 PM

    I was going to say the same as woojik. The Eagles planned for this lockout and now they have their choice of whomever fits their “value” model at a bunch of positions. This is the same reason why the Eagles are never terrible and never good enough.

  27. paparoach25 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:29 PM

    WE? YOU PLAY OR WORK FOR THE EAGLES IF NOT THERE IS NO WE

  28. imjinbrdgr says: Jul 26, 2011 5:30 PM

    They had no choice 4 won’t come cheap.

  29. bhester1906 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:30 PM

    They better throw that dough at Jackson

  30. capslockkey says: Jul 26, 2011 5:30 PM

    Making room under the cap for their 20 million dollar backup Brett Favre right?

  31. onebadace says: Jul 26, 2011 5:30 PM

    I am really hoping my LB and CB concerns are put to rest soon.

  32. hehatememore says: Jul 26, 2011 5:30 PM

    Bradley is INJURY PRONE… good cut Eagles… They are really starting to make good moves now a days.. They are gonna need a RB though.. McGahee??

  33. darthvincent says: Jul 26, 2011 5:32 PM

    stevo8drum says: 7/26/11 5:20 PM – they have 40 million + in cap space. i cannot wait to hear what we do.

    Brett #4 Favre

  34. bdawk20 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:32 PM

    Clear the decks! Mark Simoneaux incoming!

  35. rambo08 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:33 PM

    Is it true they had to make all of these cuts in order to meet Andy Reid’s buffet budget?

  36. dgreenfi says: Jul 26, 2011 5:34 PM

    Desean Jackson and Drew Rosenhaus like this.

  37. kev86 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:35 PM

    the Eagles will never win a SB. their lucky win against the Giants was a mirage. They were exposed in the first half of that game and other teams followed suit against them.

    Overrated choke artists with false bravado.

    Bring it on birds.

  38. paulsdamnblog says: Jul 26, 2011 5:36 PM

    Cutting Cole and Jean-Gilles is addition by subtraction. Anyone ever notice that Stewart Bradley has gigantic teeth? Seriously those chops are huge!

  39. polishrod says: Jul 26, 2011 5:38 PM

    steel6times says:Jul 26, 2011 5:19 PM

    HAHA what a bunch of LOSERS!!!

    ———————–

    Can’t wait until the Steelers sign Tiki. Then they can host a bizzaro version of The View starring “Tiki, James Harrison, Mendenhall and Big Ben”. Except they won’t be able to get any women on the show (thanks Tiki and Ben), any veterans or military personel (thanks Rashard) or pretty much anybody else (thanks Jimmy Harrison).

    Thank god for those clowns, or we’d still be talking about Mike Vick

  40. sasquash20 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:38 PM

    Harrison is a very good back up, I would have liked to keep him. Stewart stinks and won’t be missed at all. He couldn’t cover hank the angry drunken dwarf if he had too.

  41. JAM says: Jul 26, 2011 5:39 PM

    Ronnie Brown would be good fit for the Eagles.

  42. iamgoodkid says: Jul 26, 2011 5:40 PM

    why cant the eagles sign blossom utonium of the powerpuff girls maybe she would be a good linebacker in this league

  43. polishrod says: Jul 26, 2011 5:41 PM

    kev86 says:Jul 26, 2011 5:35 PM

    the Eagles will never win a SB. their lucky win against the Giants was a mirage. They were exposed in the first half of that game and other teams followed suit against them.

    Overrated choke artists with false bravado.

    Bring it on birds.

    ——-

    Ha Ha, enjoy your Swiss Cheese O-Line, Chief.

    And remind me, when was the last time the Giants had a winning season against the Eagles?

  44. fmwarner says: Jul 26, 2011 5:44 PM

    I really wish they would have kept Bradley, Harrison and Mikell. They’re super thin at safety and linebacker, and I don’t see upgrades on the market. Dammit.

  45. greengob1in says: Jul 26, 2011 5:50 PM

    @kev86
    The Giants perhaps has the biggest single game choke in the past decade, they choked on offense, defense, and even squeezed special teams in there

  46. dcbassguy says: Jul 26, 2011 5:51 PM

    @mississippibred says: Jul 26, 2011 5:24 PM

    probably trbowman though, i think they are STILL over the cap.

    ——————————————

    You need to work on your reading comprehension. If these players were/are free agents, what would that have anything to do with the Eagles cap number?

    BTW, 85 million is way under the salary cap for 2011. You need to recheck your numbers.

  47. slothcat says: Jul 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    Our win against the Giants last year was a mirage? What about the last 5 wins in a row before that?

  48. bdawk2020 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:54 PM

    LOL, unloading all that…..to probably overpay Ray Edwards or the like. Typical philly…never cease to make me sad.

  49. djax10isthebomb says: Jul 26, 2011 5:55 PM

    A little bitter are we, kev86? LOL! I’d be too if my team was getting humiliated the last few years by the Eagles… on national television no less. The Ginas SB win over the Patriots should give you something to hang your hat on for at least 30 more years, kinda like what Cowboys fans do.

  50. slothcat says: Jul 26, 2011 5:56 PM

    Mikell was solid, as was Jerome Harrison. The rest, I’m glad to see go.

    As an Eagles fan, I hope that we use this huge amount of cap space to really push our team over the top, and contend for a SB this year.

    However…I’m also a realist, and I’m afraid that I’ve become a diehard fan of a team that is always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

    I just hope Andy Reid can prove me wrong…but I’m not holding my breath.

  51. godeepwvu says: Jul 26, 2011 6:01 PM

    I agree with the article. Bradley and Harrison are big surprises to me. The rest – oh, well!

  52. melonnhead says: Jul 26, 2011 6:03 PM

    Mikell to the Cowboys.

  53. phillyrick22 says: Jul 26, 2011 6:05 PM

    come on Nnamdi and Edwards!!!

  54. phillyrick22 says: Jul 26, 2011 6:06 PM

    and pay D-Jax!

  55. mad5555 says: Jul 26, 2011 6:07 PM

    kev86 says:
    the Eagles will never win a SB. their lucky win against the Giants was a mirage. They were exposed in the first half of that game and other teams followed suit against them.

    Overrated choke artists with false bravado.

    Bring it on birds.
    _________________________________
    Wow, Talk about butt hurt…
    Dude, move on to another team to bash. The Eagles just have the “entitled philadelphia owned NJ giants.” for the past 3 years.

  56. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 26, 2011 6:14 PM

    Clearing cap space for Favre

  57. zeussuperman says: Jul 26, 2011 6:19 PM

    kev86 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:35 PM

    the Eagles will never win a SB. their lucky win against the Giants was a mirage. They were exposed in the first half of that game and other teams followed suit against them.

    Overrated choke artists with false bravado.

    Bring it on birds.

    —————

    Says the fan of a team who didn’t make it to the playoffs last year.

  58. eaglesdynasty says: Jul 26, 2011 6:20 PM

    Losing exactly 0 of these players worries me.

    Jerome Harrison looked very good on a per carry basis in 2010 for us but I am not worried about losing him at all. Lesean is the man here no question…..adding fellow Pitt Panther HB Dion Lewis gives us a rookie with alot of talent who can at very least be a solid 3rd down back in his first season. Eldra Buckley is a average veteran downhill runner but wont be relied on too much.

    Plus we do actually have several other possibilities as well. 7th round pick out of USC Stanley Havili played FB in college but at 6’0″ and 227 pounds is more of a big HB in the NFL. Specially considering his ability as a route runner and receiver and natural ball carrier vision. Plus hes not a strong lead blocker or built to handle that job.

    Even more likely than Havili winning a HB spot is that UDFA Graig Cooper out of Miami beats out Buckley/Havili and wins a roster spot. Cooper is 5’10″ 205 and was a highly touted halfback before tearing his ACL in 2009 which marred his senior campaign in 2010 and dropped him off draft boards. If he is fully recovered then he certainly has more natural talent, upside and ability as a HB than both Eldra Buckley and Stanley Havili.

    On top of that we’re not sure on Leonard Weaver’s timeline to return but with Owen Schmitt emerging as a brusing lead blocker and valuable FB for the Eagles its not out of the question that Reid moves Weaver to HB fulltime as to not lose either player. If Weaver can recover, and if he does recover in time to play in 2011 and is at least close to his pre-injury level then he is far too talented, versatile and valuable as a leader to allow to walk.

    Either way expect big things from Dion Lewis as a rookie, he is a Lesean McCoy mini-me

  59. melonnhead says: Jul 26, 2011 6:21 PM

    A little bitter are we, kev86? LOL! I’d be too if my team was getting humiliated the last few years by the Eagles… on national television no less. The Ginas SB win over the Patriots should give you something to hang your hat on for at least 30 more years, kinda like what Cowboys fans do.

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    Cowboys fans could hang their hats on the Cowboys record over the Eagles the last few years, like what Eagles fans do when they talk to Giants fans. 5-2 including playoffs, by the way.

  60. eaglesdynasty says: Jul 26, 2011 6:31 PM

    polishrod says:
    Jul 26, 2011 5:16 PM
    WOW, no Bradley. I’m shocked, I thought he was definitely coming back

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    Why so? just for depth or insurance? Bradley really hasnt been impressive when hes been able to stay on the field—-which hasnt been that often. He has tore his ACL twice, making him a huge risk for a third and likely career ending knee injury. Those injuries also hurt his lateral agility and change of direction. Bradley was a very good downhill run stopper when healthy but he had limited range and was mediocre on a good day in both man and zone coverage imo. Add onto that concussion issues have arisen and Bradley is a mediocre ticking timebomb.

    On top of that Bradley was expected to become a leader in 2010 and one of thhe centerpieces of the defense. Instead he got outplayed by a 7th round rookie in Jamar Chaney. Chaney showed similar run stopping ability with far better range and athletic ability as well as prowess in coverage.

    the Eagles also didnt spend a 4th and 6th round selections on possible MLBs just for the heck of it. They added some serious potential and players who come from great football families. Obviously 4th rounder Casey Matthews of Oregon is brother of Clay III, son of Clay II and nephew of HOFer Bruce Matthews. 6th rounder Greg Llyod is the son of former Steelers linebacker Greg Llyod. Matthews is a smaller more athletic LB that could play MIKE or WILL but Lloyd is a big powerful pure inside linebacker.

  61. theofficialsisterfister says: Jul 26, 2011 6:32 PM

    kev86 says:
    Jul 26, 2011 5:35 PM
    the Eagles will never win a SB. their lucky win against the Giants was a mirage. They were exposed in the first half of that game and other teams followed suit against them.

    Overrated choke artists with false bravado.

    Bring it on birds.

    *******************************************

    Hey sh*tbird…when was the last time the Giants even won a game against the Eagles?

    I mean, they got swept last year and I know the last two times the squared off in the postseason, the Giants ended up having the next week off..

    So what exactly are you talking about?

    Bring it on sweetheart…

    P.S. – The answer is ’08…it isn’t my fault your Specials Teams unit blows…

  62. neilanblomi says: Jul 26, 2011 6:32 PM

    Nobody was CUT. Their contracts expired and they are being allowed to test Free Agency.

  63. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Jul 26, 2011 6:39 PM

    I wish they had kept Harrison, who else do they have as a power back? Maybe they’ll keep Schmitt and Weaver, keep one as fullback and make the other their power back?

  64. eaglesdynasty says: Jul 26, 2011 6:43 PM

    kev86 says:
    Jul 26, 2011 5:35 PM
    the Eagles will never win a SB. their lucky win against the Giants was a mirage. They were exposed in the first half of that game and other teams followed suit against them.

    Overrated choke artists with false bravado.

    Bring it on birds.

    —————————————————————————————————-

    you do realize that a masterfully handled comeback was brewing all fourth quarter and the dominance of the Eagles offense over the Giants defense is what allowed the game to come down to a punt return…….dont like it? then figure out how to play 60 minutes or stop our offense, until then you shall remain our bitches

  65. polishkingski says: Jul 26, 2011 6:56 PM

    what a great concept. build through the draft AND use free agency wisely….i have no idea of what that is like as a bills fan. must be nice.

  66. saturn1111 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:42 PM

    still waiting for that *splash*….

  67. pacash80 says: Jul 27, 2011 4:46 AM

    I’m a little surprised at that. But this means that the Eagles will be big winners in the free agency market. They have lots of cap room. The only quality player out of this group Mikell, and he’s getting old. He will be missed. Stewart Bradley is good against the run, but he can’t cover tight ends to save his life. He’s the reason that Jason Witten always eats our defense alive.

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