Charles Walker

Eagles waive DT Charles Walker to make room for LeGarrette Blount

Eagles waive DT Charles Walker to make room for LeGarrette Blount

The Eagles officially signed running back LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract Thursday morning.

That meant someone had to go.

To make room for Blount on the 90-man roster, the Eagles waived undrafted defensive tackle Charles Walker with an injury designation (knee).

Walker said he already had surgery and will be back on the field in six to eight weeks, in time for training camp. 

Walker, from Oklahoma, was once thought to be a possible first-round pick but ended up going undrafted in this year's draft. He had multiple concussions in college and left his team midway through his 2016 season. Then, Walker revealed about a month before the draft, that he has been dealing with depression.

Walker participated in the team's rookie minicamp last weekend, but won't get to see OTAs, when they start May 23. When a player is waived/injured, they must pass through waivers, then revert to IR or reach an injury settlement with the team. 

Blount, who joined the team on a one-year contract, will speak to reporters at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Report: Eagles sign former Oklahoma DT Charles Walker

Report: Eagles sign former Oklahoma DT Charles Walker

The Eagles have reportedly made another undrafted free-agent signing, and this one will beef up the interior of the defensive line.

The Birds have inked former Oklahoma defensive tackle Charles Walker, according ESPN's Field Yates on Monday night. Walker had 53 tackles, 6½ sacks, five pass deflections and one forced fumble in 21 games over three seasons with the Sooners.

Walker brings an interesting history with him to Philadelphia.

A physical specimen, the 6-foot-2, 310-pound Walker was once considered to be a first-round draft pick by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.

He dealt with multiple concussions while at Oklahoma and left the team midway through the 2016 season as he dealt with his most recent one. He also said he left to help preserve himself and his health for the NFL draft.  

Before last month's draft, Walker revealed to the world that he was diagnosed with depression, something he feels he has battled most of his life but didn't know until his recent diagnosis. He believes the concussions exacerbated his issues with depression.

But the Eagles evidently believe Walker is healthy and are ready to give him a chance to compete for a spot on the defensive line.