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Report: Eagles release former CFL star, who might return to Canada

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Tough cut.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are releasing linebacker Alex Singleton, according to a report from NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro.

Singleton is a noteworthy cut due to how he really stood out in the preseason. The former Canadian Football League tackling machine logged 24 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, and one forced fumble in four summer games with Philly. Singleton also showed out on the third phase with three special teams tackles, which ranked second on the team.

The Eagles had a tough decision to make between keeping Singleton or undrafted rookie free agent T.J. Edwards. Singleton, who turns 26 in December, looks more ready to contribute now while Edwards, who turned 23 in July, might possess more long-term upside.

Of course, just because the Eagles cut Singleton doesn’t mean Edwards is a lock to make the 53-man roster. But Singleton being gone does help Edwards’ chances.

Singleton is still practice squad eligible so the Eagles could offer him a spot there assuming he clears waivers. It’s unclear if Singleton would accept that role, though, because he wants to actually play football and not just practice. Singleton quote via Reuben Frank:

“I guess I’m one of the few people (who played Thursday night) that knows I’ll be playing football this year. If no one does sign me, there’s nine teams in the CFL that I think would love to have me, and I know one, especially Calgary, would really enjoy having me back, so to have that is very special. To have a whole country behind you and supporting you and if things don’t work out welcoming you back.”

So, we’ll see what Singleton decides. It’d be nice if the Eagles can keep him around for extra depth at linebacker.