Eagles Sign WR Mardy Gilyard, Cut S Jaiquawn Jarrett

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals dives for extra yardage after catching a pass at the goal line while being chased by Jaiquawn Jarrett #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of the Cardinals 21-17 win at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles cut 2011 second-round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett to make room for free-agent wide receiver Mardy Gilyard on Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed wide receiver Mardy Gilyard on Tuesday and cut safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, their second-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

According to Bleeding Green Nation, the Eagles came to the decision at least partially because of the injury that starting wideout Jeremy Maclin suffered in the team's season-opening 17-16 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. It's certainly possible Maclin will be ready for Philadelphia's Week 2 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, but it's not a chance the team wants to take.

As for Jarrett, he just didn't do enough to warrant more time in Philadelphia. The once-promising prospect never showed much, during which he was active for 12 games and made 22 total tackles, by the team's count.

The Eagles are still stocked at safety with four on the active roster. Of course Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen are the starters, with David Sims as the primary backup should either get hurt. Colt Anderson, primarily a special teamer, is on the team's 53-man roster, but has been rehabbing a knee injury.

For more on the Eagles, please be sure to check out Eagles blog Bleeding Green Nation, our dedicated NFL hub, SB Nation Philly and SB Nation for all the latest news and updates.

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