Eagles LB Alex Singleton will be allowed to test free agent market

NFL: DEC 01 Eagles at Dolphins
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 01: Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker Alex Singleton (49) on the field before the start of the NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on December 1, 2019. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire)

As the legal tampering period rages on, the Eagles continue to make some tricky decisions. After signing hometown hero, Hasson Reddick, earlier today, it’s been reported that there will be a goodbye to coincide with this hello. Linebacker Alex Singleton is going to hit the open market.

Why are the Eagles releasing Alex Singleton?

Alex Singleton caught some heavy criticism this season due to the fact that a schematic change worked against him. Despite rising through the ranks under Jim Schwartz and registering a whopping 100 tackles in 2020, 2021 would be a very different story.

Singleton was always a stout run defender and shot gaps as well as anyone. But when dropping back into coverage, he struggled to hold his head above water. Factor in a scheme change that saw him doing much less of the former and more of the latter, and his decline was easy to foresee.

What didn’t help his odds of being retained was the fact that the team has continued to invest in young talent. Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley should both take a step forward next season and T.J Edwards separated himself from the rest of the pack. This leaves the former CFL standout out in the cold.

Hopefully, Alex Singleton catches on with a defense that better fits his strengths. On the field, he’s a relentless worker and someone that will grind on special teams to earn his opportunity. Off the field, he does so much work for the community and is forever spreading a positive influence.

Thank you for all you gave Philadelphia, Alex!

Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire