To make room for LeGarrette Blount, Eagles waive DT Charles Walker

Oklahoma Charles Walker defensive tackle at media day 2016
The Eagles had signed University of Oklahoma defensive tackle Charles Walker as an undrafted free agent. He tweeted that he underwent knee surgery, apparently before the Eagles signed him.

Running back LeGarrette Blount, scheduled to meet with reporters at NovaCare at 3 Thursday afternoon, officially signed his one-year Eagles contract Thursday morning.

This meant the team had to make a roster move. The Eagles announced that Charles Walker, an undrafted rookie defensive tackle from Oklahoma, was being waived/injured. That's an NFL designation that means Walker is eligible for an injury settlement, but it also means he can go on injured reserve if he is unclaimed in the waiver process, and the team and his agent don't agree to an injury settlement. Walker tweeted that he underwent knee surgery, apparently before the Eagles signed him, so this was a planned move.

Waived/injured can be a  handy way to stash players whom a team likes but doesn't see playing a lot in the coming season, if the team is willing to take the gamble of exposing them to waiver claims. The Eagles recently moved undrafted rookie Jerod Evans from waived/injured to injured reserve when Evans, a former Virginia Tech QB, wasn't claimed after being waived/injured with a foot problem. When Walker and Evans heal, they can be outright waived if the team desires.