One day after getting torched by Kirk Cousins, Eagles release starting LB Zach Brown

Jack BaerYahoo Sports

Three days ago, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Zach Brown was calling out Kirk Cousins, a former teammate during their time with the Washington Redskins, as the “weakest part” of the Minnesota Vikings’ offense.

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One day ago, that “weakest part” was torching the Eagles defense for 333 passing yards and four touchdowns on his way to a 38-20 win for the Vikings.

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And now, this has happened.

Life comes at you fast.

The Eagles made the somewhat surprising move to release Brown, one of their starting inside linebackers, one day after a rough game against the Vikings. Brown played in 81.7 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps on Sunday and graded out as the team’s fourth-worst starter, per PFF.

Zach Brown has had better weeks. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Zach Brown has had better weeks. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Eagles cutting a decent LB in Zach Brown

It’s impossible to say how much Brown’s comments about Cousins — in which he said “every defense is going to want that guy to throw the ball” — impacted the Eagles’ decision to release him, but it’s definitely one of the more eyebrow-raising roster moves of the week.

Without Brown, the Eagles’ linebacker depth is extremely thin for a team with playoff hopes. With Nigel Bradham dealing with an ankle injury, the Eagles’ healthy linebackers are Nate Gerry, Kamu Grugier-Hill, T.J. Edwards and Duke Riley.

Through six games with the Eagles, Brown posted 29 total tackles, two tackles for loss and two passes defended. Even though Brown had a rough game against the Vikings, he’s still a starting-quality inside linebacker, something many teams can use.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Brown figures to have multiple teams interested in his services as a free agent. Just don’t expect the Vikings to be one of them.

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