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Eagles release underachieving defensive end Kearse

Eagles release underachieving defensive end Kearse

The Freak show is over in Philadelphia.
After four mostly disappointing and injury-plagued seasons where he only showed glimpses of his feared pass rushing ability, the Eagles released defensive end Jevon Kearse on Thursday.
Kearse was in the middle of a $66 million (euro44 million), eight-year deal signed in 2004 that made him at the time the highest-paid defensive end in NFL history.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection failed to live up the lofty expectations set when he signed. His ineffective performance last season led to reduced playing time and finally landed him on the sideline, despite his big salary.
Kearse recorded only 3 1/2 sacks in 14 games last season after missing most of the 2006 season with a knee injury. The move had been expected since the end of the season and comes a day before the NFL free-agent signing period begins.
Kearse, nicknamed "The Freak," played in 45 regular season games for the Eagles and recorded 133 tackles and 22 sacks. He was due to earn $6.46 million (euro4.3 million) next season.
"We tried to work out a restructure with the Eagles and it didn't work out," Kearse's agent Drew Rosenhaus said last week.
Kearse earned rookie of the year honors in 1999 with the Tennessee Titans. He helped the Eagles reach the Super Bowl in 2005.


Updated : 2021-03-02 16:21 GMT+08:00