The Philadelphia Eagles cut defensive tackles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson as they continue to rebuild following a 4-12 campaign.
The moves were announced separately on the National Football League team’s website, with the release of 32-year-old Jenkins reported first.
Jenkins “has been a very productive player in this league for a long time, but we felt in our team’s best interests that we go in a different direction,” Howie Roseman, the Eagles’ general manager, said in a statement.
Jenkins was scheduled to make $5.5 million this season, according to ESPN.com. The nine-year NFL player started all 32 games in his two seasons in Philadelphia, recording 9 1/2 sacks and 56 tackles.
Patterson, 29, had been the longest-tenured player on the team after being drafted in the first round out of the University of Southern California in 2005. He started 106 of 122 games, including playoffs, missing the first seven last season after a seizure during training camp that was revealed to be a rare brain condition.
“Mike Patterson is one of the toughest players I have ever been around in the National Football League,” Roseman said. “He has overcome many obstacles throughout his career and I have the upmost respect for him because of it.”
Patterson leaves Philadelphia with 338 tackles and 16.5 sacks.
“I want to thank the fans for all of their support over eight years in Philadelphia,” Patterson said in a statement released by the Eagles. “It is never easy to say goodbye to a fan base that supported me no matter what.”
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who like Jenkins joined the Eagles in 2011, has been asked to restructure his contract, ESPN said, citing people in the league it didn’t identify. Asomugha is scheduled to make $15 million next season, including $4 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.
The Eagles, who fired Andy Reid as coach after 14 seasons, also have restructured quarterback Michael Vick’s contract. Philadelphia holds the fourth pick in the 2013 draft.
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