Linebacker Brian Rolle had an uphill battle heading into the 2012 season to prove his value on the team and it is one that he ultimately lost. The Eagles announced that Rolle was cut on Tuesday and in his place signed Adrian Moten.
Just before the start of the season Rolle lost his job as Philadelphia’s starting weakside linebacker to Akeem Jordan. Rolle vowed that he would make it back and tried to use the setback as inspiration to push him to work that much harder to succeed.
But his efforts were not enough to save his spot on the team.
As Akeem Jordan nursed a strained hamstring, Rolle was given an opportunity to start last week against the Cardinals but made little impact, recording only 2 tackles. Tellingly, Jamar Chaney was given the start over Rolle against the Giants on Sunday.
Add to the mix the atrocious special team coverage from Sunday’s game against the Giants and it was enough to make the Eagles’ decision. It was time for Rolle to go. He made just one special teams tackle in four games.
Rolle was a 6th-round selection in last year’s draft and started the last 13 games of the season for the Birds, notching 63 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble that he returned for a 22-yard touchdown against the Bears in November of 2011.
Molten (6’2, 230) was with the Eagles during training camp and was released during final roster cuts on August 31.
In other roster moves, the Eagles released long snapper Kyle Nelson from the practice squad with Jon Dorenbos’ return to health and brought back OG Julian Vandervelde as a part of the squad.