The Eagles have created their first cap casualty of the offseason. Veteran tight end James Casey will be released by the team on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. The move will save the Eagles $4 million in cap space.
The move comes less than two years after the Eagles signed Casey to a three-year, $12 million contract at the start of free agency in 2013. Casey provided terrific special teams play for the Eagles and also served as the No. 3 tight end. However, Casey only had six catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns during his tenure in Philadelphia.
Releasing Casey makes a lot of sense. The Eagles have young stud Trey Burton who could easily fill Casey's role as No. 3 tight end and as a special teams ace. Burton's strong special teams play landed him a spot on the 2014 PFWA All-Rookie team. The extra money saved could go a long way in re-signing Jeremy Maclin and perhaps, Brandon Graham. Casey has carried a lofty price tag, but is a quality player who the Eagles could look to re-sign at a cheaper price.
Casey played four seasons with the Houston Texans prior to signing with the Eagles. He will likely find a lot of interest around league as a special teams player who can also play fullback and tight end. The Vikings, Raiders, Falcons and Bills could all use help at those positions.
I was fired by the Eagles today. Thank you to the entire organization, my teammates, coaches, and all the fans for 2 great years.— James Casey (@jamescasey85) February 19, 2015