The Eagles announced on Sunday that linebacker Jatavis Brown has been placed on the reserve/retired list.
Brown, just 26-years old, retiring is certainly a surprising announcement. Although he wasn't guaranteed a roster spot, Brown was a priority free-agent signing by the Eagles and was expected to add some much-needed speed to their defense.
Brown spent the first four years of his career with the Los Angeles Charges. A fifth-round pick out of Akron, Brown appeared in 56 games, starting 23 of them, totaling 265 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 12 pass deflections and 3 forced fumbles.
Finding quality free agent linebackers has been an issue for the Eagles over the last few years, with players like Zach Brown, Corey Nelson and others not making it past even the midpoint of the season. Now, their latest attempt at adding an impact player through free agency has not even made it to the first real practice of training camp.
With Brown on the retired list, the Eagles now have Nate Gerry, TJ Edwards, Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley, Duke Riley, Alex Singleton and Dante Olson at linebacker.