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Eagles release Kevin Byard

Kevin Byard
Kevin Byard

The secondary will have a different look in 2024, as the Eagles announced on Friday that they have released veteran safety Kevin Byard.

Acquired from the Tennessee Titans in a midseason trade, Byard started 11 games (including playoffs) and accumulated 80 tackles, four QB pressures, and an interception for the Eagles this past season. That pick came in the end zone against quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs as the Eagles won the Monday night thriller 21-17. Born in Philadelphia, Byard ranks third in interceptions with 28 since entering the league in 2016.

A two-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection with the Titans, Byard was a third-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State. Byard was a five-time team captain with the Titans and a nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Currently, the Eagles have Byard's tag-team partner Reed Blankenship, who also played his college ball at Middle Tennessee State, Sydney Brown, and Tristin McCollum under contract at safety for next season. Brown is recovering from a season-ending knee injury suffered in the regular-season finale against the Giants. Justin Evans, who opened the season as the starter alongside Blankenship, is scheduled to become a free agent.

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