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Eagles release S Blake Countess, DT Treyvon Hester

The Eagles announced on Tuesday that they have released safety Blake Countess and defensive tackle Treyvon Hester. Both players were re-signed by the Eagles to futures deals shortly after the 2020 campaign came to a close.

Countess was originally drafted by the Eagles in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He signed with the Rams shortly after being released at the end of his rookie Training Camp. In three seasons with Los Angeles, Countess played in 37 games (4 starts) and amassed 39 tackles, two interceptions, and one sack on defense.

He spent the 2019 season with the Jets and returned to the Eagles' practice squad late in the 2020 campaign. He made four tackles on defense in two late-season appearances and contributed 21 more snaps on special teams.

• The Eagles currently have the following players under contract at safety for the 2021 season: Grayland Arnold, Marcus Epps, Rodney McLeod, Elijah Riley, and K'Von Wallace. Rudy Ford and Jalen Mills are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 17 when the new league year begins.

Hester was the author of the Wild Card game-winning field goal block in the 2018 season against the Chicago Bears. He finished the 2020 season on the practice squad after returning in November, but he didn't suit up for the Eagles in a regular-season game this year.

• The Eagles currently have Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Malik Jackson, and Raequan Williams under contract at defensive tackle for the 2021 season. T.Y. McGill and Hassan Ridgeway are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 17.

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