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Eagles cut linebacker Jamar Chaney after three seasons of up-and-down play

Patrick McDermott

The Eagles cut 12 players on Sunday, following the team's third preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Of the players released by Philadelphia, the most familiar name to be let go by the squad is fourth-year linebacker Jamar Chaney. The news of Chaney's release came hours after the announcement of the other 11 players that included Kenny Phillips and Eddie Whitley.

Chaney's tenure with the Eagles has had major hills and valleys, and this was a move that should come as no surprise to those who follow the team. While he drew praise and excitement for his rookie season's exploits as a seventh-round pick out of Mississippi State, Chaney has been mostly underwhelming as he has attempted to plug holes at almost all of the Eagles' linebacker spots.

While the Eagles gave Chaney plenty of opportunities to succeed, he has not been able to hold onto a specific job. His inability to tackle consistently and his lack of instincts have caused major problems for both him and the team. Chaney was looking to make a good impression with the new coaching staff but he was outperformed by rookie Jake Knott, Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews.

Chaney ends his Eagles career with  23 starts, 158 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and three interceptions. While things did not workout for the Eagles and Chaney, he is likely to be claimed on waivers on Monday. He is a better fit for the 4-3 defense, but he may get a sniff from Andy Reid in Kansas City.

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