When roster cuts arrive just before the start of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles will be forced to release players they'd like to keep on their team. While there will be the camp bodies the Eagles don't mind losing, there are also players on the roster bubble right now fighting for a job. That includes players who were on the active roster last year, but are in danger of missing out this season. That's the nature of the NFL, as there are notable players each year that teams release.
The Eagles will try to trade these players before cutting them, but more often than not, the players are simply cut. That was the case with DE Marcus Smith and WR Dorial Green-Beckham, two players the Eagles already cut. They did manage to trade OL Allen Barbre, however. This list only focuses only on the more notable players, which means we're ignoring the undrafted free agents or lesser players who don't move the needle enough. With that in mind, here are three notable players the Eagles could cut before the season.
Honorable Mention: LB Mychal Kendricks
The Eagles tried like hell to find a trade partner for Kendricks before and during the NFL Draft, but weren't able to. Kendricks didn't play a ton last year (not even a third of the team's snaps) and he's set to count $6.6 million against the cap. That's too much to pay for a part-time player. The problem is the Eagles can only save $650K this year (a lot more money can be saved next year or by trading him). So Kendricks ends up as an honorable mention because it's likely a "roster or trade" situation.
RB Ryan Mathews
This is sort of cheating, because it's long been assumed that Mathews isn't on the roster bubble but is actually a goner. Once he passes a physical, the Eagles are expected to release Mathews and save about $4 million in cap space. He's working away from the team right now and the signing of LeGarrette Blount pretty much guaranteed the Eagles will cut Mathews. He'll get another shot with an NFL team, but it would be a major shock if it's with the Eagles.
QB Matt McGloin
McGloin is one of those players non-Eagles fans will see in the preseason and go "oh year, that's right he's not on the Raiders this year." Unfortunately for McGloin, he might not be on the Eagles for much longer either. Carson Wentz, obviously, is the franchise QB and Nick Foles is back to serve as a reliable backup. Foles is better than McGloin, who has completed only 58.1 percent of his passes with a 1-1 TD:INT ratio. There are still some McGloin truthers who swear he's better than Derek Carr, but that's not the case. The Eagles don't need three QBs, so don't be surprised if McGloin gets cut. There's no guaranteed money on his contract.
OT Matt Tobin
Tobin probably isn't a name many outside of Philadelphia will recognize, but he's been with the Eagles for the last four years. Preseason depth charts can get over-hyped, but Tobin is listed as third at LT, behind Jason Peters and Dillon Gordon. Tobin has started 21 games the last three years, but even after the trade of Allen Barbre, the versatile lineman is on the outside looking in right now. The versatility helps, but if Tobin can't beat out Gordon, he'll miss out on making the roster that already features depth options like Chance Warmack, Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Stefen Wisniewski.Back to the Philadelphia Eagles Newsfeed