Howie Roseman has quietly begun to make some moves heading into the trade deadline. Photo by Wayne Terry, TPL.

The Philadelphia Eagles made a surprising move following a brutal loss to the Minnesota Vikings. They released starting linebacker Zach Brown. Before his release, Brown made some interesting comments leading up to the game in Minnesota, calling Vikings QB Kirk Cousins the “weakest part” of the offense. Cousins responded by throwing for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns. After the game, Brown declined to comment on his statement and only wanted questions “about the game.”

Brown signed a $1,000,000 one-year contract with the Eagles this offseason. It was considered a low risk, high reward signing. However when captain linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill went down in the preseason, Brown need to step up – and he didn’t. In six games Brown had a total of 31 tackles and 0 sacks. This has been another failed signing by Howie Roseman. This release leaves two opens spots on the roster, and one is all but confirmed for the return of cornerback Jalen Mills.

With the release of Zach Brown, the Eagles are really thin at linebacker. Nigel Bradham was spotted leaving the stadium on a cart following Sunday’s loss in Minnesota. The remaining healthy linebackers are Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry, Duke Riley, and undrafted free agent TJ Edwards. A move could be in the works with Howie Roseman always working the phones, but until then this is the linebacker core the Eagles have to work with. The Eagles need to turn things around fast in a huge game against division rival Dallas Cowboys this Sunday night.