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Cary Williams released by Philadelphia Eagles in decision that saves $6.5 million

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The Philadelphia Eagles have officially parted ways with veteran cornerback Cary Williams, it was announced today.

Making room

Williams has been with the Eagles over the past two seasons - appearing in ever regular season game - but will now be searching for the fourth NFL team of his career following his Philadelphia departure.

The decision to cut the 30-year-old saves the Philadelphia Eagles $6.5 million but it means the team must now find at least two cornerbacks as Bradley Fletcher also follows Williams out the door.

Williams leaves having accrued 111 tackles, five interceptions and 24 deflected passes. The 2014 season in particular won't rank as one of the veteran's best and, with the Eagles having failed to cover themselves in glory at the position as a whole during the last campaign, Williams' exit was the logical move for all involved.

The Eagles struggled mightily at the cornerback position last season, giving up the second most passing yards in the entire league in 2014 with an average of 264.9 per game. 

Speaking in the aftermath of the official announcement, Williams made it clear the Eagles were moving on in a different direction.

Preparing themselves

Without Williams on their roster, the Eagles are left with just three CBs on the depth chart, Brandon Boykin now their leading cornerback. The $6.5 million saved against the cap though brings Philadelphia's cap space to around the $33 million mark.

As such, expect the Eagles to chase hard those big name cornerbacks heading for free agency. That means the likes of Darrelle Revis - whom the Patriots are yet to come to terms with on a new deal for 2015 -  and Byron Maxwell could be legitimate targets moving forward.

Where next for Williams?

At 30 years of age, the next deal for Cary Williams is crucial. having failed to cover himself in glory on the field for the Eagles last season, and having criticized coach Chip Kelly's training tactics, it is unclear how big the market would be.

One place he could end up is former team the Baltimore Ravens. Williams played there between 2009-2012 and helped the team win a Super Bowl in the process.

What do you think Eagles fans? Glad to see Williams go? And just how can the team improve at the cornerback position moving forward? Let us know in the comments section below...

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