The Eagles released former first round draft pick Danny Watkins, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. This according to a source close to the situation.
The offensive lineman's days appeared numbered when head coach Chip Kelly gave Watkins a lukewarm endorsement following Thursday's preseason finale. Watkins will still earn $1.1 million in guaranteed money this season.
The Eagles also released tight end Clay Harbor and undrafted rookie wide receiver Russell Shepard, per their Twitter accounts.
Watkins was selected 23d overall in the 2011 draft. He had only played four years of competitive football, the last two as a tackle at Baylor. Watkins was 26 when the Eagles drafted him. He started in 12 games as a rookie and six last season at right guard.
Harbor leaves the Eagles after three seasons. He played in 39 games, starting 18 and recorded 46 catches for 421 yards and four touchdowns. The Eagles acquired James Casey in free agency and Zach Ertz in the draft this offseason, though, giving them three capable tight ends along with starter Brent Celek.