The Eagles have released Tony Hunt, abandoning his experiment at fullback, and signed journeyman linebacker/special teams player Tracy White, reflecting continuing concerns about their special-teams play.
The release of Hunt shows the Eagles made a mistake in their evaluation prior to the 2007 draft. They chose Hunt in the third round out of Penn State, despite the fact that he played in an offense not at all like their offense and was not a good receiver or blocker or particularly quick.
He was moved to fullback before the exhibition game against Carolina in a last-ditch effort to keep him on the roster and won the job coming out of the preseason. He started two games, but the Eagles shuffled their running backs last week with Brian Westbrook's absence and Dan Klecko saw more time at fullback, with Hunt not even getting on the field.
Hunt had four carries for nine yards this season.
White, a 6-year veteran, spent the last two-plus seasons with the Green Bay Packers before being released last Tuesday.
Originally signed by Seattle as an undrafted rookie in 2003 out of Howard, White played in 20 games with the Seahawks, recording 26 tackles and one sack. He spent the 2005 season as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, before signing with the Packers in 2006.
White has racked up 68 career special teams tackles in 69 games, including two in the 2007 postseason. He also recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone for a touchdown on last September against the Eagles.
In case you are wondering, White will wear Jeremiah Trotter's old No. 54.
Of course, the big news of the day on the trading deadline is bound to inflame Eagles fans as the Dallas Cowboys have acquired wide receiver Roy Williams from Detroit. The Cowboys gave up a first-round pick in 2009, plus a
third- and sixth-rounder in 2009 for Williams and a seventh-round pick in ’09.
Meanwhile, Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez was not traded at the deadline. An Eagles source confirmed that the team did make an effort to get him.