Former Eagles News: Raiders pay Austin Howard, Bills release Kevin Kolb

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The free agency period started with a bang on Tuesday and featured several former Eagles finding homes elsewhere.

The Eagles have drafted and signed a lot of talented players over the last several years. Those players have come and gone, and now they make their homes in other cities. On Tuesday, several of the former Philadelphia players made their way into the headlines in several different ways. Let's take a look at the former Eagles that have made it into the news this week.

  • If I would have told you four years ago that former undrafted free agent Austin Howard would be a hot commodity on the market, you likely would have laughed in my face. However, the former Eagle, who was essentially a weekly inactive for the team, has signed a five-year deal with the Raiders worth $30 million with $15 million guaranteed. Howard spent the entire 2010 season with the Eagles but was cut upon Howard Mudd's arrival and landed on the Ravens practice squad. He signed with the Jets in 2012 and started all 32 games over the last two seasons for New York at right tackle. He will now will the same role in Oakland.
  • Former Eagles starting quarterback Kevin Kolb is back on the free agent market. The former second round pick never played a regular season down with the Bills, but Buffalo has chosen to drop the veteran from their roster. He has battled concussions throughout his career and has still not been cleared from his last one that took place in last year's training camp. He was with the Eagles from 2007-2010 and was eventually traded to the Arizona Cardinals. His career is likely over.
  • Former special teams player and running back Joique Bell is now a very rich man. Bell has signed a three-year, $9.3 million deal with the Lions. He was with the Eagles in 2010. Philadelphia was one of his four teams that season and he played in just three games for the Eagles. He has since made his bones as a power back behind Reggie Bush in Detroit. He is a good story out of small school Wayne State.
  • Cornerback Isaiah Trufant was with the Eagles in training camp in 2011. He has now signed a deal with the Cleveland Browns. He has spent the last three seasons with the Jets as mostly a special teams player. He is the brother of current Falcons defensive back Desmond Trufant and former Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant.
  • Former Eagles offensive lineman Kyle DeVan has been hired by USC to their coaching staff. DeVan played in five games (four starts) with the Eagles in 2011. He played in the league for four seasons with the Eagles, Colts and Titans.
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