Two years ago, the Eagles dreamed a Dream Team. The dream is now being dismantled.
Already gone is defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins. Joining him is defensive tackle Mike Patterson.
The Eagles have announced that Patterson has been released.
Patterson, 29, joined the Eagles as a first-round pick in 2005. He became a full-time starter in 2006.
During training camp in 2011, Patterson suffered a seizure. He played all year with a congenital tangle of blood vessels in his brain, and Patterson underwent surgery after the season to repair the condition. Patterson appeared in only five games last season.
Patterson was due to earn a base salary of $2.9 million in 2013. He was under contract through 2016.
The biggest remaining question on the defensive side of the ball is whether the centerpiece of the Dream Team, Nnamdi Asomugha, will be released. He’s due to earn $15 million in 2013, but $4 million is fully guaranteed, with no offset based on earnings elsewhere.