If the Eagles will indeed be a Dream Team in 2011, they won’t have on the roster a guy who was a YouTube phenom in high school.
Former West Virginia running back Noel Devine, signed by the team on Tuesday, was released Saturday.
The Eagles tucked the news into the tail end of the announcement that defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley, a first-round pick in 2006, had been traded to the Browns for a fifth-round selection. No details were provided on the team’s website regarding the reason for the move.
Devine joined a crowded backfield, and he likely had a small margin for error. Also, if he hadn’t kept himself in top shape, it likely would have been obvious.
For now, Devine has lost his ability to control his NFL destiny. He’ll pass through waivers, and anyone who would want to sign him as a free agent would be foolish not to put in a claim on a contract that surely pays out only the minimum salaries.