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Danny Watkins released by Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have run out of patience with guard Danny Watkins.'s Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Watkins -- a first-round draft pick in 2011 -- is being released, per a source informed of the transaction. The Eagles later confirmed Watkins' release.

The move hardly is a surprise. Watkins wasn't a good fit in Chip Kelly's new offense and was buried on the Eagles' depth chart. Watkins was similarly out of place when Andy Reid was in town.

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"The toughness we saw at Baylor never translated to Philadelphia," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said, via "That's what I was most confused by. We're starting new."

Watkins is gone, but his presence will continue to be felt -- at least financially. Watkins is due $1,096,450 in fully guaranteed base salary this season. The Eagles essentially paid him to go away.

As Reuben Frank points out, Watkins becomes the first Eagles first-round pick since Jon Harris in 1997 to be released after just two seasons.

In other Eagles news, Clay Harboralso was released. The tight end-turned-wide receiver has some ability but couldn't find a role.

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