Eagles release ex-Packer LB

The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have released former Packers LB Nate Wayne.<p>

"We appreciate all the contributions Nate has made to this team during the past two seasons," said head coach Andy Reid. "We wish him the best. Hopefully the timing of this will help him land an opportunity with another club."

Wayne, 30, signed a four-year, $13 million contract with the Eagles in 2003 and received a $4 million signing bonus after spending the previous 3 years with the Green Bay Packers. He was scheduled to receive base salaries of $2.2 million this year and $4.5 million in 2006.

Wayne lost his starting job at weak-side linebacker for the Eagles in November and then missed a number of games with a hamstring injury. During his two-year tenure in Philadelphia, Wayne tallied 173 tackles, 4 sacks and 1 interception in 25 games.

In May of 2004, Wayne received $675,000 from Green Bay after winning a grievance against his former team. The grievance was filed over the timing of his release on March 10 of 2003. The Packers released Wayne after the roster bonus was due. The contract stated "the player shall receive a bonus in the amount of $750,000 if he is a member of the club's active roster 10 days following the start of the league year." Under the CBA, the league year began Feb. 28, 2003.

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