While attention was on Indianapolis for the Combine, NFL teams continued to make moves Monday to help put themselves in comfortable positions for the rest of the offseason. It started with the Philadelphia Eagles, who cut a pair of veteran defensive tackles to put themselves further under the salary cap.
On the same day that prospective rookie defensive linemen were performing in front of scouts at the Combine, Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins were released by the Eagles. Both players were considered solid contributors. Patterson was the longest tenured player on the roster before his release, and was "one of the good guys," according to Jason Brewer of Bleeding Green Nation. Ditto Jenkins, who tweeted a gracious goodbye.
Thank you Eagles for everything the last 2 years. Thank you fans. Sorry we didn't accomplish anything but I thank you all. Best wishes— Cullen Jenkins (@CullenJenkins) February 25, 2013
The New England Patriots were also able to clear some space under the cap by re-signing Tom Brady to a three-year deal. Brady will earn an average of $9 million per season through 2017, which is less than he would have earned on an open market. Brady and the Pats are likely banking on a few more shots at a Super Bowl title as a result. Job security through his 40th birthday isn't bad, either.
Elsewhere, the New York Giants were able to save some money by re-structuring Mathias Kiwanuka's contract. Meanwhile, former Giants defensive end Chris Canty is reportedly flirting with Green Bay. Before the Packers do anything, they will have to figure out what to do with Jermichael Finley, whose rare talent coupled with a questionable work ethic has put the team in a tough spot.
Speaking of difficult decisions, the New York Jets are still trying figure out how to handle Darrelle Revis. ESPN's Bill Williamson suggested that the Kansas City Chiefs could be willing to part with their No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft for the corner. While a potential deal is pure speculation at this point, reports indicate that the Chiefs may be open to a trade.
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