The Eagles continue to purge their roster of Chip Kelly acquisitions, announcing today (via Twitter) that they’ve cut defensive lineman Brandon Bair. While Bair was technically added to the roster before Kelly gained personnel control, Philadelphia’s former head coach presumably played a part in bringing in the Oregon product, not to mention extending his contract last fall.
Bair, 31, had 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2014 for the Eagles. However, he was limited to five games (two starts) in 2015, and picked up just 11 tackles. As Geoff Schwartz of 97.5 The Fanatic tweets, Bair is no longer a scheme fit under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
Bair’s release will leave $50K in dead money on Philadelphia’s cap for the 2016 season. Although the Eagles are no longer on the hook for his $675K base salary or $50K workout bonus, they won’t create a full $725K in cap room, since Bair will be replaced in the team’s top 51 by a minimum-salary player.