After carrying 88 players during OTA's, the Eagles had to make some tough personnel decisions to meet the league requirement, and the most surprising was the release of defensive tackle La Juan Ramsey. Ramsey was selected by the Eagles in the sixth-round of the 2006 draft and was a developing player with valuable in-game experience, after seeing action in 15 contests in the last two seasons.
Also cut from the team were cornerback Tanard Davis, a late-season acquisition in 2007, and defensive linemen Jeremy Clark and Xzavie Jackson. Linebacker Gary Butler, wide receiver Terrell Golden, quarterback Casey Hansen, defensive end A.J. Schable, and linebacker Markell Staffieri were also released after joining the team as rookie free agents.
The signing of the 6-foot-4, 299-pound Von Oelhoffen was unexpected after the team moved Dan Klecko back to the defensive line, and it could be a sign that the Eagles are looking for more of a veteran presence within their front seven. At 37-years-old, Von Oelhoffen has played more seasons (15) in the NFL than Mike Patterson, Broderick Bunkley, Trevor Laws, and Klecko combined. He appeared in eight games last season, with one start, and registered four tackles.
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