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Eagles won't re-sign Bradley, Rocca, Mikell, Harrison

The Eagles will not pursue any of their own free agents, including starters such as Stewart Bradley, Quintin Mikell and Sav Rocca and backup running back Jerome Harrison, the Inquirer has learned.

Eagles won't re-sign Bradley, Rocca, Mikell, Harrison

Stewart Bradley is one of several free agents the Eagles will not re-sign. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)
Stewart Bradley is one of several free agents the Eagles will not re-sign. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)

The Eagles will not pursue any of their own free agents, including starters such as Stewart Bradley, Quintin Mikell and Sav Rocca and backup running back Jerome Harrison, the Inquirer has learned.

Other free agents who the team will not re-sign include Dimitri Patterson, Nick Cole and Max Jean-Gilles, all of whom played significant amounts last season, but struggled at their positions.

Mikell was long expected to be allowed to walk, especially after the Eagles drafted Jaiquawn Jarrett in the second round. and Rocca has been up-and-down as a punter. Somewhat more surprising are the decisions to part ways with Harrison and Bradley.

Bradley was considered a key figure heading into last season and was one of the most experienced linebackers on the team, but he didn't make a major impact in his first year back from ACL surgery and again ended the season with an injury. The Eagles like Jamar Chaney, who is likely to play either at middle linebacker or on the weak side this year, and drafted three linebackers -- though each was taken in the fourth round or later and it could be difficult to get them up to speed in a shortened offseason program. The move might signal that the Eagles will dip into the free agent market for a veteran.

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Harrison was a nice complement to LeSean McCoy last year, but likely will want to find a place where he can play more consistently. His departure would leave another hole -- although not a starting one -- unless the Eagles want to trust the backup role to the fifth round pick.

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