Eagles cut Baskett, remove Vick from exempt list

The Eagles have released WR Hank Baskett (84) and removed Michael Vick from the exempt list. (File photo)

With the Eagles, the news just keeps on coming.

The latest is that the team has released wide receiver Hank Baskett in order to make room on the roster for quarterback Michael Vick, who has been removed from the exempt list.

"I'm not speaking about it yet," said Baskett when reached by phone.

Baskett had one catch for six yards Sunday and 72 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns during parts of four seasons.


Did the Eagles make the right move releasing Baskett?

The sequence of today's events, including Shawn Andrews being placed on injured reserve, could have positive ramifications for two quarterbacks.

Vick obviously will be pleased that he can return to the practice field tomorrow as he awaits his reinstatement for the Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The departure of Baskett, meanwhile, could open the door for Jeff Garcia to remain whenever Donovan McNabb is able to return from his fractured rib injury. Garcia suggested Monday that he felt he could help Kevin Kolb in his development as a quarterback.

"I think with Kevin there, being a young guy, I can just open his eyes to some things that maybe he hasn't open his eyes to as of yet," Garcia said. "I'm sure he's been able to see so much of that through Donovan (McNabb), but I want to be able to help out where I can."

Of course, the player who may benefit most from Baskett's release is veteran receiver Reggie Brown, who did not dress for Sunday's season opener against Carolina. Brown likely will be activated Sunday against New Orleans and it will be interesting to see what roles he plays on special teams, which is why Baskett got the nod over him against the Panthers.

 Jackson special teams player of the week

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson was named the NFC special teams player of the week after returning a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in the Eagles' opening-day win over Carolina. It was Jackson's second career punt return for a touchdown.

He also returned a second punt 21 yards, giving him a 53-yard average, the best in the league after Week 1.