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Eagles sign a defensive tackle, release a linebacker

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With Javon Hargrave out indefinitely, the Eagles on Wednesday signed defensive tackle T.Y. McGill, a five-year veteran who was briefly with the Eagles in 2018.

McGill, 6-foot, 300 pounds, has played 37 games with no starts in parts of five seasons with the Colts, Eagles and Chargers. 

He played 521 defensive snaps for the Colts in 2015 and 2016 but has played only 156 snaps on defense with various teams over the last four seasons.

The Eagles claimed McGill on waivers from the Chargers on Oct. 8, 2018, when they placed Jay Ajayi on Injured Reserve. They waived him two days later when he failed his physical.

McGill re-signed with the Eagles on Nov. 6 and he had three tackles in games against the Cowboys and Saints before being released on Nov. 20 when the Eagles activated Tim Jernigan. McGill played 46 defensive snaps in those two games.

McGill has also spent time with the Seahawks, Colts, Browns, Chiefs, Washington and Saints.

As expected, the Eagles also formally re-signed cornerback Trevor Williams, who was with the Eagles most of the offseason before being released in July.

Williams has played in 39 games for the Chargers and Cards, starting 27, since making the Chargers as an undrafted rookie out of Penn State in 2016. He has three career interceptions, two in 2017 and one in 2018. 

The Eagles initially signed Williams on Jan. 10 and then released him on July 21.

To make room on the 80-man roster for McGill and Williams, the Eagles released Donte Olson, an undrafted rookie linebacker from Montana, and placed veteran tight end Josh Perkins on Injured Reserve with an “upper body” injury.


The Eagles signed Olson after the draft on April 25. With Olson no longer here, the Eagles have just six linebackers in camp - Nate Gerry, T.J. Edwards, Duke Riley and Alex Singleton, along with rookie draft picks Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley.

Perkins has played in 14 games over the last two years with the Eagles and has 14 catches for 154 yards with a 24-yard touchdown from Carson Wentz in the season-ending division-clinching win over the Giants.

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