In a move that will surprise no one, the Philadelphia Eagles have officially released veteran safety Patrick Chung. The Eagles save a total of $2.25 million in cap space with Chung's release.
Chung originally joined the Eagles last year shortly after the 2013 free agency period began. He signed on board with a deal worth $10 million over 3 years. Chung was brought in to be a starting safety. He entered the year as a starter but then suffered some injuries that kept him out of action. Rookie safety Earl Wolff took over for Chung in his absence and held onto the job even when Chung returned. When Wolff went down to injury, the Eagles were forced to put Chung back out on the field.
Even when Chung was healthy, he didn't play very well. Chung often missed tackles, got beaten in coverage, and even hit his own teammates by mistake.
The Eagles currently only have two safeties on the roster: Earl Wolff and Keelan Johnson. Both were rookies last season. Wolff started a few games for the Eagles until going down with a knee injury that effectively ended his season. Johnson spent the majority of the year on the team's practice squad.
With so little depth on the roster at safety, it's obvious the Eagles will be looking to make some new additions through free agency and the 2014 NFL Draft.
[Note by Brandon Lee Gowton, 03/11/14 5:08 PM EDT] - That was quick: Eagles sign former Saints' safety Malcolm Jenkins.