Cut Down Day Turns Into Trade Day For Eagles

The Eagles had a lot of tough decisions to make on how to get their 75 man roster down to a 53 man roster. The moves included a couple of trades that sent players elsewhere and brought draft picks to Philadelphia.

Hank Fraley going to the Cleveland Browns had been rumored for some time. It was one of those moves that just made a lot of sense. The Browns were hit hard by injuries at the center position and the veteran Fraley was out of a starting job with the Eagles in favor of Jamaal Jackson. The deal finally got done on Saturday with the Eagles sending Fraley to the Browns for a conditional draft pick in 2008.

After the Fraley deal was done, the Birds sent fullback Josh Parry to Seattle for another conditional draft pick in the 2008 Draft.

Fraley and Jackson came into camp technically locked in a battle for the starting job, but it quickly became Jackson's job to lose. Fraley found himself playing at guard as the Eagles looked for a way to get him into the lineup, but Jackson's strong camp and the emergence of 350 pound Nick Cole made Fraley an odd-man-out with the Eagles.

Parry's exit to Seattle means that Thomas Tapeh will be the Eagles lone fullback on the roster. Tapeh is the more versatile of the two and will likely be utilized more this season than the fullback has usually been utilized by the Eagles over the past few seasons.

With the two trades, the Eagles still had some work to do and the pink slips flew fast and furious. The real surprises were that wide receivers Jabar Gaffney and Darnerien McCants and safety J.R. Reed were among the victims.

Gaffney had seemingly lost his spot on the roster to McCants after McCants' performance Friday night against the Jets. The two were in a close heat for a spot on the roster and it was initially thought that at least one of them would stick with the team. Reed made a nice comeback from a freak injury that cost him all of last season, but wasn't quite up to where the Eagles wanted him to be and he wound up being released.

The other cuts included: TEs Stephen Spach and Andy Thorn, WRs Bill Sampy, Justin Jenkins and Michael Gasperson, G/C Trey Darilek, QB Timmy Chang, CBs Matt Ware, Dexter Winn and Donald Strickland, LBs Dedrick Roper and Torrance Daniels, DE Darrell Lee and DT Keyonta Marshall.

The final two roster spots were opened up when LB Chris Gocong and offensive lineman Stefan Rogers were placed on injured reserve and will miss the entire season. Gocong was bothered all through camp with a stinger that hasn't healed, while Rogers went down in Friday night's game against the Jets.

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