May 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Arrelious Benn (17) carries the ball after a catch during organized team activities at the NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

End of an Era: Eagles Release Arrelious Benn

They say the NFL is not a place for fairytales, but this news could get the best of even the hardest Eagles fan. The greatest fears of every Philadelphian were realized Friday afternoon when the Eagles decided to terminate the contract of wide receiver Arrelious Benn.

Benn, 25, was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay prior to last season. The injury-riddled wideout’s run of bad luck continued before the start of the regular season, suffering a torn ACL and ending up on injured reserve from the jump. He did not step on the field once in an Eagles uniform in any capacity, as he suffered his injury days before the team’s first preseason game. Benn was scheduled to make $1.1 million in 2014 and with the Eagles influx of new talent at the receiver position, his price tag was beyond what they were apparently willing to pay. There is some speculation that Benn could return to the team at a lower figure. Despite his checkered career to this point, Benn was once a very promising talent and at 6’2″, 225 pounds could be an asset if he could ever make it on the field in an extended capacity. Still, for a player who has yet to bring in more than 40 receptions in a season and with very little evidence to prove he can stay healthy for even an entire offseason, there was no reason for Philadelphia to pay anything close to the number that was set out for him when he was brought in last year.

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