The Eagles have gotten a bit lighter at wide receiver. The team has announced the release of Arrelious Benn. Benn was acquired with a seventh round pick (Jordan Poyer) last offseason from the Buccaneers in exchange for a sixth round selection.
Benn never played a regular season down for the Eagles as he tore his ACL in training camp. After spending the entire season on injured reserve, Benn spoke positively about his chances of making the Eagles roster in BGN's exclusive "On The Mend" series. A former second round pick, Benn was productive on the field with the Buccaneers and at the University of Illinois when he was not battling injuries.
This move comes after the Eagles drafted Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews and Oregon's Josh Huff on Day 2 of last week's NFL Draft. That pair along with starters Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper are locks to make the final roster. Brad Smith, Jeff Maehl, Damaris Johnson, Ifeanyi Momah, Kadron Boone, Quron Pratt, Will Murphy and B.J. Cunningham are all likely competing for one or two spots.
[Note by Brandon Lee Gowton, 05/16/14 3:33 PM EDT] - Some reporters have suggested it's possible the Eagles will bring Benn back at a lower salary. No guarantees though.
Don't be surprised if the Eagles bring Arrelious Benn back in the next few weeks.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) May 16, 2014