The Eagles on Thursday announced the release of defensive end Darren Howard, who had been with the team since the 2006 season. In that time, Howard recorded 21 1/2 sacks, including 5 1/2 in 2009. Howard worked into the rotation at left defensive end and at times he moved inside when the Eagles used their nickel defense.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2006 campaign, Howard had 5 sacks in his first season as an Eagle, one in 2007, a team-high 10 in 2008 and then the 5 1/2 last season.
"Darren Howard has been one of our most productive and versatile members of our defense in the last couple of years," said head coach Andy Reid. "He is nothing but a solid player, leader and person on and off the field."
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, March 18, 4:46 p.m.