3 Eagles On the Chopping Block Next After Kevin Byard Release

The Eagles are moving on from underperforming veterans

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1. Avonte Maddox, CB

This one would be tough because Avonte Maddox is a very good player still. He's been a standout in the slot of the Eagles and in addition to his ability to play sticky coverage, he's a solid run defender as well. In short, he's an excellent fit in the nickel role.

The problem is that he can't stay on the field. A former fourth-round pick from Pitt, Maddox missed eight games in 2022 due to a hamstring injury as well as a toe injury. He did return in time to play in Super Bowl LVII and while the Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the Eagles by three, Maddox played well with seven tackles.

In 2023, however, the injuries were again an issue. This time, a pectoral injury had him sent to the IR and he played in just four regular season games. In those contests, Maddox had just 12 tackles to go along with two pass defenses and a forced fumble.

Philadelphia wouldn't get much relief to designate Maddox as a pre-June 1 cut but giving him the post-June 1 designation (each team is allowed two of these) would save them more than $7.1 million with a cap hit of $2.6 million. It's not ideal to move on from one of their few solid defensive backs but availability is often the best ability.

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