Philadelphia Eagles give up on former first-round pick Marcus Smith

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Philadelphia Eagles give up on former first-round pick Marcus Smith

He started 12 games last season, providing a stable force on the line.

Instead, he joins defensive end Jon Harris (1997), McDougle (2003) and guard Danny Watkins (2011) as the team's biggest draft busts over the past 20 years.

But Reich ended the competition Tuesday morning before veteran training camp even began.

"We had a conversation yesterday and agreed it made sense to allow him to pursue some other opportunities".

Clearing approximately $2.5 million from Barbre and Smith's contracts, plus the $4 million in Ryan Mathews' deal that will be cleared once healthy, gives Philadelphia room to add a veteran cornerback. "Again, it'll play itself out". "He's very smart, very athletic, very tough-minded".

He went on to become the opening-day starter at right tackle in 2014, to only suffer a season-ending ankle injury on opening day. "Understands what's being coached". According to NFL.com, the former first-rounder was due a $594,000 roster bonus on the third day of training camp that the Eagles now won't have to pay. Alex McCalister, a draft pick a year ago who missed the whole season with an injury, also is back and healthy.

The Chip Kelly draft pick just turned 25-years old and will probably get a chance elsewhere. Barbre was set to make just over $1.25 million this season, so maybe this move is just to preemptively bring on a return on a pay cut. Trading Barbre opens a roster spot for someone like Dillon Gordon, the converted tight end who is hoping his tremendous athletic ability translates into the skills to play tackle at this level. As training camp opened up, the team made a decision to release the veteran offensive lineman. It also comes as the Birds prepare to pick up steam at training camp - veterans reported Wednesday afternoon, and Philadelphia will hold its first full-team practice Thursday at NovaCare Complex.

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