Eagles release veteran Todd Herremans

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The Philadelphia Eagles officially released veteran Todd Herremans on Thursday.

In the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Todd Herremans. For the next ten years, Herremans would be a mainstay on this offensive line. His versatility allowed him to play guard and tackle, and with the help of guys like Evan Mathis and Jason Peters, the Eagles quietly built one of the league’s best offensive lines. Despite that, the Eagles have released Herremans on Thursday.

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According to NFL.com, Herremans, who was the longest-tenured player on the Eagles, has officially been released by the Eagles. Even though he’s 32 years old, Herremans was still playing at a high level through much of the 2014 season. However, in November, Herremans would suffer a biceps injury that would put him on the injured reserve. In his ten seasons in Philly, Herremans has always been an excellent interior offensive linemen.

When the Eagles selected Lane Johnson in top five of the 2013 NFL Draft, it was thought of they would reemerge as one of the league’s best lines. Howevr, Herremans’ age and his body caught up to him and considering his 2015 contract was a $4 million per year non-guaranteed contract, the writing was on the wall that he was going to be cut.

With the cut, the Eagles will have to rely on younger, inexperienced players. By releasing Herremans, the Eagles now have guys like Matt Tobin and Julian Vandervelde to man the position. Also, backup right tackle Andrew Gardner could very well make the transition as well. With a ton of answers at the position and the rest of the NFC East likely building their defensive lines this offseason, the Eagles need to be smart about their offensive line. Truthfully, the offensive line is the catalyst for success in Chip Kelly’s scheme. That being said, whether it’s through free agency or the draft, the Eagles need to start thinking of the prospects of adding an offensive guard.

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