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December 07, 2015

Eagles release veteran wideout Miles Austin

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A rare sight: Miles Austin holding a football.

UPDATE [6:15 p.m.] - The Eagles have officially announced that they released wide receiver Miles Austin on Monday.


A day after Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly decided not to put wide receiver Miles Austin on the active roster against the New England Patriots, general manager Chip Kelly concluded that his team was better off without the 31-year-old veteran on the team at all.

According to multiple reports, the Eagles released Austin on Monday. The news was first reported by Howard Eskin, and later confirmed by PhillyMag's Tim McManus and others.

To say Austin has not lived up to the one-year, $2.3 million deal he signed this offseason would be an understatement. In 11 games this year, Austin caught just 13 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown. 

In a corresponding move, the Eagles promoted Jonathan Krause, who made his first NFL catch in the Eagles' win over the Patriots, to the active roster, according to McManus.

The move coincides with the Eagles' signing and promotion of wide receiver Jonathan Krause to the active roster. Krause made his first appearance as an Eagle against the Patriots, and caught one pass for six yards. []

Some, including our own Jimmy Kempski, have been wondering why Austin stuck around even this long. But as Coach Kelly and GM Kelly continue to battle it, chalk this one up as a win for the coach -- although neither come out looking too great after this one.

On the bright side, better late than never...

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