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Eagles Cut CB Cary Williams

Scott Boehmn/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia Eagles cut cornerback Cary Williams on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Eagles, playing in all 33 regular season and playoff games for the team.

Williams had one year left on the three-year contract he signed with the Eagles in 2013. By cutting Williams, Philadelphia clears $6.5 million in cap space.

There's a possibility the Eagles will be without three-quarters of last season's starting secondary: cornerback Bradley Fletcher and safety Nate Allen will become free agents on March 10.

Williams joined the Eagles after a 2012 season in which he won the Super Bowl as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. During his two seasons in Philadelphia, Williams had 139 tackles, 22 passes defended, five interceptions, and one sack.

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WR Simpson Cut by Vikings

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.) -- The Minnesota Vikings finally had enough with receiver Jerome Simpson.

Simpson was cut by the team Thursday, hours after ESPN reported the 28-year-old was cited on July 7 for misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, driving on a limited license and having an open bottle in a motor vehicle.

While Simpson wasn't arrested, it is just the latest incident in which the receiver has been in trouble with the law.

Simpson pled guilty to a felony drug charge in March 2012 that resulted in a 15-day prison stint and three years of probation. He also was arrested for drunken driving last November, resulting in a three-game suspension to start this season.

Simpson played in 16 games last season for the Vikings, catching 48 balls for 726 yards and a touchdown.

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Eagles Release Pro Bowl Receiver DeSean Jackson

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Eagles released Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson on Friday.

"After careful consideration this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today, " the Eagles said in a statement.

It was rumored the past couple of weeks that the 27-year-old Jackson was on the trade block despite catching a career-high 82 balls, for 1332 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

A report Friday by said Jackson may have possible ties to Los Angeles street gang members. Jackson later released a statement that refuted the report.

"First I would like to thank the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly," the statement read. "I would also like to thank (former) coach Andy Reid for bringing me in.

"Secondly, I would like to address the misleading and unfounded reports that my release has anything to do with any affiliation that has been speculated surrounding the company I keep off of the field. I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. I am not a gang member, and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible.

"I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values. I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made both on and off the field. I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need. It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true. I look forward to working hard for my new team."

Jackson was entering the third season of a a five-year, $51 million contract he signed with the Eagles in 2012.

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Quarterbacks Weeden and Campbell Cut by Browns

Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- The Cleveland Browns cut quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell Wednesday.

"First and foremost, the Browns would like to thank Brandon and his agent for being true professionals," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. "The circumstances in which he found himself were not easy for him or the team. After discussions with Brandon and his agent, we'd like to give him the ability to pursue other opportunities."

Weeden was a first-round draft pick of the Browns in 2012. He came out of college at the age of 28 and started immediately for Cleveland. During the 2012 season Weeden played in 15 games. but that number was cut to eight in 2013.

During Weeden's two seasons with Cleveland he completed 55.9 percent of his passes for 5,116 yards, 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

As for the 32-year-old Campbell, last season was his only season in Cleveland. He played in nine games, throwing for 2,015 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney are now the only quarterbacks on Cleveland's roster.

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Lions Cut Wideout Burleson

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Lions released veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson on Thursday.

The 32-year-old Burleson made 39 catches for 461 yards and a touchdown last season. He missed seven games because of a broken left forearm.

Burleson was set to make $7,531,645 in 2014 and cost the Lions close to $5.5 million toward the salary cap. He was willing to restructure his deal but the Lions didn't bite.

The six-foot, 198-pound Burleson played his last four seasons in Detroit. During that time he caught 194 balls for 2,083 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"The last 4 years in Michigan been incredible!," Burleson tweeted. "MY TEAM, FANS & the CITY will missed more than you know! Thank You! Love Detroit!"

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Saints Cut Garrett Hartley

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(METAIRE, La.) -- Kicker Garrett Hartley was cut by the New Orleans Saints Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Hartley has spent his entire six-year career with New Orleans. He made the game-winning 40-yard field goal in overtime of the 2010 NFC Championship game. Hartley then proceeded to make three kicks of more than 40 yards in Super Bowl XLIV, helping the Saints win their first title ever.

This season has been a different story. Hartley has connected on only 22-of-30 kicks. He had a stretch earlier in the season where he missed four-of-six kicks, leading head coach Sean Payton to work out five kickers.

Hartley ended up keeping the job and kicking the game-winning field goal during the team's next game against the 49ers. But Hartley had a kick blocked and missed a 26-yarder in the Saints' loss to the Rams on Sunday, leading to his release.

According to Fox Sports, the Saints will sign veteran kicker Shayne Graham to replace Hartley. Graham has made 245-of-287 field goal attempts since entering the league in 2001.

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Patriots Cut Tim Tebow

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots have cut backup quarterback Tim Tebow, reports ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Tebow threw two touchdown passes and finished 6-of-11 for 91 yards with an interception on Thursday night in the Patriots 28-20 win over the Giants.

"I'm not sure. I don't make those decisions," Tebow said about the situation on Thursday. " ...I'm blessed because of my faith that I don't have to worry about the future because I know who holds my future. A lot of times people use that as a cliche, but it's something I try to live by. It really gives you a lot of peace in whatever circumstance you're in."

Tebow signed with the Patriots in the offseason after being released by the New York Jets.

The Patriots will keep tight end Rob Gronkowski on the 53-man roster, Schefter also reports.

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Asomugha Released by Eagles

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nnamdi Asmoghua's time in Philadelphia has come to an end.

The Philadelphia Eagles cut the the former Pro Bowl cornerback Tuesday, after what many considered a disappointing two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love.

"Coach (Chip) Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a statement. "We expected nothing less than that from him. He has been a true pro on and off the field for this organization and our community and we wish him all the best as he continues his NFL career. We spoke to his representatives at the (Scouting) Combine about his future status with the team and wanted to take time to analyze and make a decision. In the end, Coach and I both felt we needed to move in a different direction at the cornerback position for 2013 and beyond."

Asmoghua signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Eagles in 2011. During his two seasons with the team, the Eagles went 12-20.

Asmoghua would have made $15 million this season. He will still cost the Eagles $4 million against their salary cap in 2013.

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