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Eagles release safety Kevin Byard after less than one season with team

Kevin Byard's stint in Philadelphia lasted just 10 games.

The Eagles are releasing the safety, the team announced on Friday.

Philly acquired the two-time All-Pro in a trade with the Tennessee Titans in exchange for fifth- and sixth-round picks and veteran safety Terrell Edmunds in October. The Eagles made the move to bolster a struggling back end that was dealing with injury. Byard's presence, however, didn't help smooth things out.

In 10 games with the Eagles, he generated 75 tackles, one interception, and three passes defended. Philly won its first four games following the Byard trade but collapsed down the stretch, losing five of its final six regular-season games and getting blown out of the postseason by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the end of Super Wild Card Weekend.

Byard was set to have a $14.417 million cap number in 2024. His release saves Philly $13.031 million on the cap with $1.386 million in dead money, per Over The Cap.

With Reed Blankenship, who got dinged up several times last season, and Sydney Brown as the only safeties on the roster, it's a position Howie Roseman will need to fill through free agency and the draft for new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

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