The Philadelphia Eagles officially announced a roster move on Friday afternoon but it wasn’t the one you were expecting. Instead of confirming the reported Johnathan Cyprien signing, the Eagles announced they’re waiving linebacker Joey Alfieri in order to sign free agent tight end Alex Ellis.
Ellis is a Delmar, Delaware native who originally entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2016 NFL Draft. The 26-year-old Ellis has logged three receptions for 11 yards in eight careers games played (three starts). He most recently played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018 before he was waived with an injury designation.
The Eagles are likely signing Ellis to help them fill some reps in training camp and preseason games. Ellis should have some level of familiarity with the Eagles’ scheme given the Doug Pederson-Andy Reid connection.
Alfieri, a Stanford alum, was originally signed by the Eagles as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft. He was always a long shot to make the roster.
The Eagles’ offseason roster is currently maxed out at 90 players so the team will need to make another move if/when they officially sign Cyprien.