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Eagles release two bottom of the roster veterans

Huge news. Not really.

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The Philadelphia Eagles officially released defensive tackle Treyvon Hester and safety Blake Countess on Tuesday afternoon.

These players figured to be camp bodies and long shots to make the 2021 roster. They’re hardly particularly young and full of upside; Hester turns 29 in September and Countess turns 28 in August.

Here’s what we previously wrote about these guys in our offseason position outlook series.


REVIEW: The Eagles re-added Hester, he whose fingertip help cause the Double Doink, to their practice squad in November. He didn’t end up seeing any game action.

OUTLOOK: Hester signed a futures deal so he’ll have a chance to compete for a roster spot this offseason. He turns 29 in September so the Eagles should aspire to find someone younger to take his place.


REVIEW: The Eagles signed Countess to their practice squad in mid-December after McLeod went down for the season. He saw some limited playing time in Week 17, marking his first regular season action with the Eagles since being drafted by the team in the sixth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

OUTLOOK: The Eagles signed Countess to a future contract so they’re giving the 27-year-old a chance to compete for a spot on the 2021 roster. Not impossible he plays his way onto the team but he’s fighting an uphill battle.

For those wondering, cutting these players doesn’t significantly impact the Eagles’ cap situation. They were on minimum deals with no guaranteed money.

Best wishes to them in finding new NFL homes.

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