Hanson back with Eagles; Lindley gone

Four days after getting released, Joselio Hanson is back with the Eagles, an NFL source said.

To make room for Hanson the Eagles released second-year corner Trevard Lindley. The team signed the cornerback to a two-year deal. The three-year deal Hanson had was voided when he was waived on Saturday.

The team later announced the moves. Eagles coach Andy Reid said that after some thought he and general manager Howie Roseman had decided to bring Hanson back. Of course, Hanson had to agree to return. He was in uniform today at his old locker stall at the NovaCare Complex.

"I know the environment, know the coaches, know the playbook, know my teammates, everything," Hanson said. "So this made the most sense to me right now."

Hanson said that he spoke to about 5-10 teams after the Eagles let him go, but that it was hard to find a partner because so many teams have their rosters set. He said he wasn't sure if he will play the nickel on Sunday, but that he expected to be on the field in the defense's dime package.

The Eagles still have six corners -- Asante Samuel, Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Curtis Marsh, Brandon Hughes and Hanson -- on their roster.

Lindley is not eligible for the practice squad because he played in 11 games last season.

The 30-year-old Hanson was let go Saturday as the Eagles pared their roster down to 53. The Eagles had trade offers for their long-time nickel early in training camp, but could not deal Hanson just before the 53-man roster deadline.

To some surprise, Hanson didn't immediately latch on with another team. He was due to earn $1.8 million this season and would have likely been willing to restructure his contract to land with another team. Or maybe he knew all along that the Eagles had plans to bring him back.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been playing the nickel for the first team, but before this preseason he had never played there before in the NFL.