Eagles drop Witherspoon

With the exception of fullback Leonard Weaver’s new contract, the Philadelphia Eagles have been relatively quiet on the first day of free agency.

But just because they aren’t out there signing free agents to make a run at a title, doesn’t mean they have a problem letting starters from the 2009 playoff team go.

Dave Spadaro of Philadelphia Eagles.com is reporting that the Eagles have released veteran linebacker Will Witherspoon.

Witherspoon was acquired in a trade from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for wideout Brandon Gibson and a fifth round draft pick. He started ten games for the Birds in 2009 after coming over from St. Louis, playing both the middle and weakside linebacker position in Philly’s 4-3 scheme.

The eight-year veteran out of Georgia recorded 59 tackles (52 solo), one interception and one touchdown in 11 games with Philadelphia.

Some in the city are still scratching their heads as to why the Birds parted ways with arguably their best linebacker from 2009. For those wondering, Witherspoon was set to earn $5 million in each of the next two seasons.

That could have had something to do with it.

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