When you are projected to be a bad team, no one wants your leftovers. The Eagles are not expected to be a playoff team by most media pundits and their depth is clearly a reflection of that. Earlier this week, the team cut more than a dozen players in order to get to the mandatory 75-man roster in time for the fourth preseason on Thursday.
The waivers process has come and gone for all but one of the Eagles first cuts. Phillip Hunt was waived with an injury designation on Tuesday and if he passes through waivers on Wednesday, he will be placed on the team's injured reserve. The other 12 players that were cut on Sunday are now free agents.
Among those cuts is Kenny Phillips, who is vested veteran and was not subject to waivers. He automatically became a free agent when he was release from the team and has yet to sign elsewhere. Young veteran Jamar Chaney was the next most notable player of the bunch, and while he failed in Philadelphia, it was somewhat of a surprise that he was not claimed by a team with a 4-3 defense.
In contrast to the Eagles, successful squads like the Packers, 49ers and Seahawks all had rejected former players claimed off of waivers. While the Eagles seem to be on the rise from their lowly 2012 season, it seems the league is not enamored by their talent. The team will tell you that letting go of players is hard, but clearly the riddance are good for the Eagles' first bunch of cut.