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Eagles release one of Chip Kelly's former Oregon Ducks


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The Philadelphia Eagles released 31-year-old defensive end Brandon Bair, according to an official announcement from the team. The Eagles save $725,000 in cap space by cutting him.

Bair's release does not come as a surprise. The former Oregon Ducks defensive lineman joined the Eagles under Chip Kelly's regime three years ago. After spending the entire 2013 season on the practice squad, Bair was active for 16 games in 2014. He spent most of the 2015 season inactive after suffering an injury in Week 3.

Bair had good size at 6-7, 270 pounds. He used his size to advantage by knocking down passes and blocking kicks.

The Eagles rewarded Bair with a contract extension last September but he doesn't really fit the team's new scheme. He's a two-gapping 3-4 defensive end and Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz runs a 4-3 scheme.

Perhaps Bair will be able to catch on the 49ers and be reunited with Kelly in San Francisco.

Bair is hardly a big loss for the Eagles but the team might need to add more defensive line depth at some point this offseason.

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