In a surprising move, Eagles release cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc

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The Eagles claimed running back Jason Huntley on Sunday so they had to make a corresponding roster move to bring him in.

That corresponding move came on Sunday afternoon when the Eagles released nickel cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc.

LeBlanc, 26, has been with the Eagles since the 2018 season and has played at a high level as the team’s nickel cornerback. But this offseason, the Eagles brought in Nickell Robey-Coleman to take over as the nickel.

It’s important to note that the Eagles had to remove a player from their initial 53-man roster before sending guys to Injured Reserve. The Eagles would not have been allowed to add Huntley and then put him in a space for a player they send to IR later this afternoon.

Since LeBlanc is a vested veteran, he’s not subjected to waivers, so he simply becomes a free agent. While he’s now free to sign anywhere, it’s possible the Eagles will simply re-sign later. Heck, they could re-sign him tomorrow. If they sign him after Week 1, his contract will no longer be guaranteed. That’s a trick the Eagles have used in the past with guys like Najee Goode.

But they could also lose LeBlanc, so there is risk in this move. 

After LeBlanc’s release, though, the Eagles have just four corners on their 53-man roster: Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, Robey-Coleman and Craig James. That’s probably not enough to go into a game with. So expect more moves to follow.