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Eagles cut Tre Sullivan, sign a safety

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The end of an era.

NFL: JUL 25 Eagles Training Camp Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles made a safety switcheroo on Tuesday evening by waiving Tre Sullivan and signing free agent Jason Thompson (not to be confused with the former NBA player with the same name), according to an official announcement from the team.

The Eagles cutting Sullivan is noteworthy. It once looked like the 2017 undrafted rookie free agent signing out of Division II Shepherd might have some kind of future with the team. Sullivan spent a portion of the 2017 season on the Eagles’ practice squad, including when Philadelphia won the Super Bowl. Sullivan was on the Eagles’ roster for 12 regular season games in 2018 and even made one start before then also starting one of the team’s two playoff games.

Back when Malcolm Jenkins (holdout) and Rodney McLeod (injury) weren’t participating in OTAs earlier this year, Sullivan was taking first team reps across from Andrew Sendejo. Now the 24-year-old defensive back is gone.

It’s not a shock that the Eagles decided to move on from Sullivan. He’s noticeably struggled in the Eagles’ first three preseason games. With that said, there was some thought the team would waive him during final cuts and try to keep him on the practice squad. It looks like that won’t be happening now as the Eagles give Sullivan a chance to log some snaps during another team’s final preseason game. Perhaps former Eagles vice president of player personnel and current Jets general manager Joe Douglas will put a claim in on Sullivan.

As for the new guy the Eagles signed, Thompson is a 25-year-old who entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent back in 2017. He’s bounced around on some offseason rosters but has never played a regular season game. The Eagles likely signed Thompson just to help them fill some snaps in Thursday’s meaningless preseason finale.

Thompson is the 16th player the Eagles have added to their roster since training camp began in late July.