Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles Release Quarterback Trent Edwards Before Minicamp

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09:  Trent Edwards #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles during a preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 9, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Vince QuinnCorrespondent IApril 16, 2013

With the Eagles' first minicamp opening Tuesday, the team has reduced its stable of throwers by setting Trent Edwards loose, per Philadelphia's team website.

Last season Edwards was a great choice as a third-string QB. He's smart, mildly athletic and has starting experience. This is all you could ask for from an emergency option. However, things are different this year with Andy Reid now bathing himself in smokey barbecue sauce. 

Michael Vick is likely going to be the starter. Nick Foles will play the role of the hunky newcomer that creates lots of "will they, won't they (trade him)" drama and Dennis Dixion is the mentor of sorts for Kelly's new system. There's also G.J. Kinne, the long-shot who provides the fourth camp arm. This means that Edwards is the odd man out and that the Eagles likely shopped him for scraps, but found no takers. Releasing him was the only reasonable course of action left. 

While Edwards was in Philly for only one season, it's hard not to feel bad for the guy. He's spent four years with the Bills, a year with the Jaguars and suffered through one of the ugliest years for the Birds in over a decade. I hope he gets a gig on a decent team for once.


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