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Philadelphia Eagles release linebacker Nigel Bradham

One of the Eagles’ main starters from their Super Bowl team is moving on, as linebacker Nigel Bradham is being released.

ESPN reported that the team informed Bradham on Tuesday that it will release him.

It was not surprising, considering that general manager Howie Roseman said after the season ended that the Eagles needed to get younger. But the Eagles also need to clear space under the salary cap to pursue top-level free agents.

By releasing Bradham, who’s 30, the Eagles can accomplish both goals. Bradham was due to count $9.8 million against the salary cap in 2020. By releasing him, the Eagles will save $4.5 million.

Bradham’s base salary of $8 million for 2020 was a lot of money to pay someone at a position the Eagles devalue. Bradham counted only $4.6 million against the salary cap in 2019 after getting his contract reworked the year before.

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