The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired offensive lineman Reggie Wells from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice in 2011. The Eagles also got a head start by trimming 10 players from their roster.
Wells, 29, started all 16 regular-season games and both playoff games for the Cardinals in '09. A sixth-round draft pick of Arizona in '03, Wells (6-foot-4, 314 pounds) has started 70 consecutive games (64 in the regular season, plus six in the postseason). He has starting experience at left guard, right tackle and left tackle, according to the Eagles.
“We’re adding a player that has started several seasons in the National Football League and has played at a very high level during the course of his career,” said coach Andy Reid on Friday. “He has experience at several different positions along the offensive line and he will be a welcome addition to that group. You can never have enough depth at that position as you go through an NFL season.”
The Eagles also announced they have placed defensive end Victor Abiamiri on the reserve/PUP list and released the following 10 players: Running back J.J. Arrington, receiver Dobson Collins, defensive end Pannel Egboh, tight end Nate Lawrie, running back Martell Mallett, tackle Jeraill McCuller, cornerback David Pender, cornerback Geoff Pope, defensive tackle Boo Robinson, and safety Anthony Scirrotto.
By being placed on the Reserve/PUP list, Abiamiri is not eligible to play in the team’s first six regular-season games. After the sixth game, the team has three weeks to decide whether to activate Abiamiri to the 53-man roster. If he is not activated during that time period, he is placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve list.
By releasing Arrington, the Eagles will now receive a sixth-round pick from the Broncos in 2012. No big surprises with this initial cut. Mallett had his moments early in the preseason, but the Eagles feel like they have enough depth at running back with LeSean McCoy, Mike Bell and Eldra Buckley. It helps that fullback Leonard Weaver can basically perform like a tailback in Reid's offense.
Could the Eagles end up cutting Andrews? It's possible.