Releasing Dhani Jones
doesn't come as any great surprise. The move was anticipated and might have come sooner if not for the Eagles simply waiting to be sure that second-year LB Chris Gocong
is healthy and ready to go for the 2007 season. Gocong, who was placed on IR prior to last season, will move up the depth chart to play with the first-team defense.
As for Jones, it's likely that he'll find work somewhere as a backup linebacker. He played on the weakside for the New York Giants before signing with the Eagles and could find a backup job at any of the three linebacker positions, since he played on the inside during his college days at the University of Michigan.
Meanwhile, newly acquired LB Takeo Spikes still doesn't officially have a spot to play on the Birds' defense. Andy Reid has said that they'll experiment with where they want to play Spikes and in what situations, when they head to training camp in July.
The day after the draft, the Eagles inked 11 players who went undrafted. Those players signing deals with Philadelphia were:
DT Jeremy Clark (6-3, 309, Alabama)
WR Zac Collie (5-11, 187, BYU)
WR Dereck Faulkner (6-3, 228, Hampton)
CB Nick Graham (5-10, 191, Tulsa)
G Jacob Hobbs (6-3, 303, Albany)
LB Akeem Jordan (6-1, 226, James Madison)
DE Marques Murrell (6-2, 246, Appalachian State)
T Jonathan Palmer (6-4, 336, Auburn)
S Marcus Paschal (6-0, 201, Iowa)
S Chris Smith (5-10, 215, Florida International)
G Chris White (6-3, 321, South Carolina)
Since last season ended, there have been whispers that Dhani Jones time in Philadelphia was near an end. The Eagles officially cut ties with Jones Monday, one day after drafting a linebacker in the third round. Plus, the Eagles signed 11 undrafted free agents to contracts.
Dhani Jones exit had been rumored for a long time, but is now a reality.