Friday, September 03, 2010

Eagles trade for veteran guard Wells

In just the latest indication that the Eagles are unhappy with their interior offensive line play, the team acquired veteran guard Reggie Wells from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice in 2011, believed to be a 6th-rounder.

The 29-year-old Wells started all 16 regular season games and both playoff contests for the Cardinals in 2009. A 6th-round draft pick of Arizona in 2003, Wells (6-4, 314) played in 104 regular season games and six postseason contests during his seven-year tenure with the Cardinals and has started 70 consecutive games dating back to the 2003 season finale. He has started 58 of those at left guard, 10 at right tackle and two at left tackle. A native of Library, PA (a suburb of Pittsburgh), Wells was a four-year starter at Clarion.

“We’re adding a player that has started several seasons in the National Football League and has played at a very high level during the course of his career,” said head coach Andy Reid following the acquisition of Wells. “He has experience at several different positions along the offensive line and he will be a welcome addition to that group. You can never have enough depth at that position as you go through an NFL season.”

The Eagles also got started on pairing their roster, placing oft-injured DE Victor Abiamiri on the Reserve/PUP list and released the following 10 players: RB J.J. Arrington, WR Dobson Collins, DE Pannel Egboh, TE Nate Lawrie, RB Martell Mallett, T Jeraill McCuller, B David Pender, CB Geoff Pope, DT Boo Robinson, and S Anthony Scirrotto.

By being placed on the Reserve/PUP list, Abiamiri is not eligible to play in the team’s first six regular season games. After the sixth game, the team has three weeks to decide whether to activate Abiamiri to the 53-man roster. If he is not activated during that time period, he is placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve list.

By releasing Arrington, the Eagles will now receive a 6th round draft pick from Denver in 2012 as compensation for the trade of LB Joe Mays to the Broncos on July 30.

The Eagles currently have 65 players on their active roster. All NFL teams must cut down their rosters to 53 players by 6 pm Eastern time on Saturday.

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