Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Report: Jags to release Tra Thomas

A year after the Eagles bid farewell to their longtime bookend tackles, one is making a run at political office, and the other will soon be looking for a job.

Report: Jags to release Tra Thomas

Tra Thomas spent 11 seasons as the Eagles´ starting left tackle. (File photo)
Tra Thomas spent 11 seasons as the Eagles' starting left tackle. (File photo)

A year after the Eagles bid farewell to their longtime bookend tackles, one is making a run at political office, and the other will soon be looking for a job.

According to Vito Stellino of the Florida Times Union, the Jaguars will release Tra Thomas next week. Per the report, Thomas was given advance notice because he wants to continue his career, and the Jaguars wanted to give him time to find a new team.

Since I know this will dominate the comments, I'll address it right away: Is there room on the Eagles' roster for Thomas?

Let's start with his performance this past season. I can't say that I was a constant viewer of the Jaguars, but per the report, Thomas did not see the field in the final seven games. He is 35 years old.

Thomas was the Eagles' starting tackle for 11 seasons, starting all but 11 regular-season games during that span. He signed a three-year deal with Jacksonville in 2009.

As for the Birds, they moved on, trading for and extending Jason Peters, who had an up and down first year in Philadelphia.

When Peters was sidelined during the season, the team opted to slide Todd Herremans over to left tackle, rather than insert King Dunlap. The reasons were simple. They had more depth at guard than tackle, meaning they could afford to push Herremans over. And Dunlap would have been a liability had they needed to rely on him.

So could the Eagles use an upgrade with their depth at tackle? Sure. But who knows what kind of role Thomas is looking for, or if he has anything left.


A few other links:

* A woman filed a civil suit againt Michael Irvin, alleging he raped her in 2007. On Friday, Irvin reportedly countersued her for $100 million. He was fired by ESPN Radio in Dallas yesterday. Per the Dallas Morning News, Irvin was going to be fired anyway because of disappointing ratings. This news just sped up the process.

* Roger Goodell announced yesterday the Donte Stallworth will be reinstated. Tony Grossi of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports that the Browns will release Stallworth.

* And on a lighter note, Jimmy Johnson will appear in commercials for ExtenZe, the male enhancement product. Can't wait to see these. The comedy on those ads is already through the roof. I'm not sure I'm prepared to see where it goes with Johnson involved.

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