Feeley Released, Eagles Roster Becomes Clearer

Jeff DanzigerCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 20: Quarterback A.J. Feeley #14 of the Philadelphia Eagles sits injured on the field against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles cut A.J. Feeley on Sunday after four years of work on the bench (with a two-year absence in the middle).

Although Feeley never got much time on the field, he did make the best of the only real chunk of playing time he ever got in Philadelphia. Feeley will be remembered for leading the Eagles into the postseason with four wins down the stretch in 2003 after Donovan McNabb went down with a broken ankle.

The Eagles had Feeley on the block towards the end of the preseason and were trying to trade him before the final 53-man roster cuts on Saturday. Speculation that he would be traded to New England began after the Patriots cut their backup quarterback, Andrew Walter, leaving only a rookie quarterback to back up Tom Brady, but the deal never went through.


The Eagles seemingly dropped Feeley to make room for defensive tackle Antonio Dixon, who the Eagles signed after releasing Feeley. The Washington Redskins released Dixon on Saturday.


The Eagles also added four players to the practice squad: wide receiver Danny Amendola, offensive linemen Paul Fanaika and Mike Gibson and tight end Rob Meyers.


Reggie Brown, who the Eagles also shopped fiercely, may end up finding a spot on the team if the Eagles still can’t find a team to trade him to. Reggie Brown looked great on the field in his first three years in Philadelphia, but struggled through the bulk of last year. The Eagles may hang on to him at this point in a desperate hope that he may return to the Reggie Brown of old.


Rookie Macho Harris has also been named as the Eagles starting free safety for the season opener. Harris outplayed second-year free safety Quentin Demps in the preseason and looked strong in practice.


The Eagles open up the season on the road Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.