Eagles Waive Blake Countess, Bring Back Aziz Shittu

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Just two days after the team waived a 2017 draft pick, the team has waived one of their 2016 draft picks for a second time.

The Eagles let Countess go after the 2016 preseason, but claimed him off waivers from the Rams in May. GM Howie Roseman said that cutting Countess was one of the hardest things he had to do and he felt it was a mistake.

The Birds were confident enough in him that they restructured his deal so that the team would get control of him for another season.

Things didn’t play out that way.

Countess was injured early on in camp and, as a result, was unable to make an impact on the team. Meanwhile, veteran Andrew Sendejo has looked good in practice.

The injury to Countess may even have prompted the Johnathan Cyprien signing fairly late in camp.

Countess missed a lot of practice and rather than wait around to see when he could begin playing again, the team realized they needed healthy bodies in the secondary and decided to move on, waiving him with an injury designation.

His place is filled by Aziz Shittu.

Shittu would seem to be a camp body as the Eagles have a rotation of Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, Tim Jernigan, and either one of or both of Hassan Ridgeway and Treyvon Hester at defensive tackle. It is unlikely he’ll move past those guys or that the Eagles decide to carry six defensive tackles on the 53-man roster.

Shittu spent four years at Stanford prior to signing with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He stuck with the practice squad all of that season and returned to Eagles training camp in 2017.

After suffering an injury in camp, Shittu was placed on IR prior to the Eagles’ Super Bowl winning season. He was cut by the Eagles last August and spent much of the season on the Cowboys practice squad before being released earlier this offseason.

He is a guy that knows the scheme and can play in the preseason games while the Eagles rest a bunch of starters and Ridgeway recovers from his concussion suffered in the first preseason game.

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