Eagles release Witherspoon

The Eagles have released linebacker Will Witherspoon. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Eagles have released linebacker Will Witherspoon, general manager Howie Roseman announced.

Roseman said the move was made now "so he can catch on somewhere else."

Witherspoon was acquired in a trade with St. Louis for rookie wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round draft pick around the deadline and played both middle and weakside linebacker for the Birds.

He was acquired to play middle but moved to the weakside when the Birds brought back Jeremiah Trotter.

The move is not a huge surprise, given that Witherspoon is due $5 million and could end up being a backup.