ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported just a short while ago that Cullen Jenkins has been released by the Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins, who was scheduled to make just over $5.5 million in the upcoming season, will be replaced by second year player, and all rookie team member, Fletcher Cox. This continues a trend in Philadelphia this year of clearing cap space in order to improve personnel on both sides of the ball. Chip Kelly has not fully committed yet that his defense will run from a 3-4 defense this season, as opposed to the 4-3 form that former Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson ran to much success for most of the 2000′s.
Based on personnel available and due to the Eagle’s cap situation, I will speculate that Brandon Graham will move from defensive end to outside linebacker, which would leave more room for Fletcher Cox and perennial pro-bowler Trent Cole to fill the DE positions, and moving Antonio Dixon to the nose tackle slot in the front seven. Dixon who played college ball at the University of Miami, was born and bred on the 3-4 defense and works best at nose tackle where he played formerly for the Washington Redskins before being signed by the Eagles prior to the 2010 season. This will be just the first defensive domino to fall for the Eagles this year, and Philadelphia fans can look forward to more change they can believe in the upcoming months.Tags: Antonio Dixon, Brandon Graham, Chip Kelly, Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, release, Trent Cole