Former Eagles making news across the NFL

Norm Hall

Minicamps are underway in Philadelphia and other than practices in shorts, not much is going on. The Eagles are obviously installing their plays on offense and defense, with all team members assembling for the practices. Still, this is the annual dead period when it comes to NFL news.

As somewhat of a former Eagles "Rain Man," I am always interested in keeping track of former members of the team. While I am sure I am one of the handful of people that actually cares about the careers of Jordan Norwood and Sean Considine, I am hoping that some (four or five) of you will want to know about the less critical former Eagles and what they are currently enduring at this time in their careers. Without further ado, here is what is happening in the world of former Eagles:

  • Former Eagles 7th round pick and trade chip, Greg Lloyd, was cut today by the Buffalo Bills. Lloyd and Moise Fokou were traded to the Colts last offseason for Kevin Thomas and conditional 7th round pick. Of the members of that trade, only Fokou made the team. Lloyd was signed to the Bills practice squad and was eventually called up to the active roster. He participated in two games on special teams. With a new regime in Buffalo, the team was obviously not as high on Lloyd as Chan Gailey. He will now be put on waivers.
  • Former Eagles benchwarmer and Nick Foles' caddy, Trent Edwards, is set to face-off with the talented duo of JaMarcus Russell and Jordan "Not Carson" Palmer for the Chicago Bears in a tryout on Friday. Edwards was the third-string quarterback for Philadelphia last season, and only played in one game. In the season finale against the Giants, Edwards threw two passes, completing both for a total of 14 yards. The Bears are likely just filling out their emergency list, in case the scary good tandem of Matt Blanchard (who?) and Josh "Yeah, I'm still here!" McCown end up being what they are. Edwards was given his release from the Eagles shortly before the 2013 NFL Draft.
  • Jason "Definitions" Babin, who was cut by the Eagles unceremoniously during the 2012 season, underwent groin surgery on Tuesday. Babin, who clearly still has tons of fans left in Philadelphia, was released following a lost to the Panthers on Monday Night Football after posting 5.5 sacks. Babin was claimed off of waivers by the Jaguars. He had 1.5 sacks following his release. The former Eagle is expected to miss all of offseason workouts but will be ready for training camp and the preseason. The Eagles will travel to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars on August 24th for a preseason game. Make sure to wish Babin well on Twitter.
  • Last year's band-aid at right guard, Jake Scott, signed with the Lions recently. He is part of an interior lineman splurge (also signed former Titan, Leroy Harris) by Detroit. While he had trouble getting acclimated to the Eagles right away, he seem to finish strong as a starter. He ranked as a Top 10 guard by Pro Football Focus in 2011, when he played for the Titans. He will likely serve as depth in Detroit.
  • The aforementioned Moise Fokou is now the starting middle linebacker in Tennessee. Colin McCarthy struggled last season after being a force as a rookie in 2011. Fokou started quite a bit of games for the Eagles after being taken in the 7th round of the 2009 draft. He signed a multi-year deal with the Titans earlier this offseason.
  • Brandon Gibson, who was drafted by the Eagles in 2009 and played ahead of Jeremy Maclin in that season's opener, is now manning the slot for the Dolphins. Gibson, who was traded with a draft pick to the St. Louis Rams during his rookie season for veteran, Will Witherspoon, signed a multi-year deal with Miami during their "Dream Team-esque" shopping spree. He was reluctantly used as a starter by the Rams over the last three seasons.
  • Eagles legendary kicker, David Akers, is not doing much kicking in Detroit these days. The Eagles all-time leading scorer is recovering from groin surgery, following a horrendous year with the NFC Champion, 49ers. Reports out of Detroit are that Akers is not fully healthy. The awesomely-named, Havard Rugland, is taking kicking reps in Akers' place.
So, there you you have it. If you are interested in frequently reading about former Eagles, based on the reaction to this post, I will make this a weekly feature until the start of training camp. If you hated knowing about the adventures of Edwards and Lloyd, that is pretty understandable.
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