Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Eagles release Rashad Baker, sign rookie

When the Eagles signed Rashad Baker back in March, the team expected him to challenge for a starting safety spot. Five months later, Baker is out on the street.

The Eagles have released Baker and signed DB Brandon Harrison, a rookie from Michigan. There was some speculation that Baker was on his way out when he wasn't at practice yesterday and his nameplate was removed from his locker. Apparently the Eagles didn't like what they saw from the 5 year veteran and let him go. This all but ensures Macho Harris of a spot on the final roster, which is a good thing.

As for Harrison, I wouldn't expect him to challenge for a roster spot. He was both a cornerback and a safety at Michigan, so the Eagles could be bringing him in to compete at either position. I doubt that an undrafted rookie is going to crack the roster after joining the team in mid-August, however. Harrison had previously spent time with the Colts this preseason.

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