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PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have released Ryan Mathews after the former Pro Bowl running back was cleared to return to football activities following neck surgery.Jordan Matthews Jersey

Mathews played two seasons with the Eagles after spending his first five years in San Diego.Connor Barwin Jersey He had 1,Carson Wentz Jersey200 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns for Philadelphia.Fletcher Cox Jersey

The move announced Tuesday was expected and saves the Eagles $4 million under the salary cap.

A statement from the team said: ”We want to thank Ryan for his contributions to the Philadelphia Eagles over the past two seasons.Brian Dawkins Jersey We spoke today and had a productive conversation about his future and the direction of our team going forward.Jordan Matthews Jersey First and foremost,Connor Barwin Jersey we are glad that Ryan is healthy and has been cleared to return to football activities,Carson Wentz Jersey but given the current state of our running back position,Fletcher Cox Jersey we feel like it is best for both sides to go in a different direction. We wish him all the best as he continues his career.Brian Dawkins Jersey