Update: Friday, August 31 at 6:35 p.m. ET
The Eagles tweeted:
#Eagles today announced they have released QB Mike Kafka. The team’s roster now stands at 55 players.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 31, 2012
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The Philadelphia Eagles have released quarterback Mike Kafka, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Schefter tweeted on Friday:
Eagles cut QB Mike Kafka.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2012
Head coach Andy Reid said, via the Inquirer:
In the end, we had to make the difficult decision to let Mike Kafka go. Mike is a class act, a student of the game and a great person and I think will have no problem finding a job in the NFL very soon.
Kafka, who the Eagles had been trying to trade, attempted only nine passes this preseason while dealing with a fractured left hand. Edwards, the former starter of the Buffalo Bills, apparently did enough in the preseason to earn the Eagles' trust.
Edwards went 54-of-80 for 489 yards and four touchdowns to no interceptions this preseason. He played only two games for the Bills last season, completing 55.8 percent of his passes and tossing one touchdown to two interceptions.
Kafka played in four games for the Eagles last season. He went 11-of-16 for 107 yards and two interceptions while averaging 6.7 yards per attempt.
Edwards will be the Eagles' No. 3 quarterback behind starter Michael Vick and rookie Nick Foles. Foles had an impressive preseason himself, completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 553 yards (8.8 YPA) with six touchdowns to two interceptions.