The Philadelphia Eagles on Monday afternoon waived former second-round draft choice Matt McCoy, a one-time starter at weakside linebacker, ending a mostly disappointing three-year tenure with the team.
The release of McCoy, who might draw some interest from other teams on the waiver wire because of his youth and potential, came just one day after he was flagged for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty in the third quarter of Sunday's victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The call came on a late hit against Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe during a return.
McCoy, 25, was rebuked by teammates and coaches on the Philadelphia sideline.
Philadelphia elevated rookie linebacker Akeem Jordan, an undrafted college free agent from James Madison, from the practice squad to the active roster. Jordan had earned a spot on the practice squad with a standout training camp, excelling on special teams, and he is expected to be used on the kick coverage units.
A former San Diego State star, McCoy rose rapidly up many NFL teams' prospect lists in the final month preceding the 2005 draft. A series of excellent auditions for scouts, during which McCoy displayed terrific athletic skills, including a 4.58-second time in the 40-yard dash, skyrocketed his draft stock.
The Eagles chose McCoy with the 63rd overall selection and signed him to a five-year, $3.18 million contract that included a signing bonus of $1.25 million. But during his rookie season, McCoy struggled to assimilate the complicated scheme of coordinator Jim Johnson and he played sparingly.
He came back to win the No. 1 weakside job in 2006, starting 10 games and notching 81 tackles and two sacks, but he suffered a November shoulder injury and lost his job. This season, with the Eagles having revamped their linebacker corps, McCoy never really threatened for a starting spot and played mostly on special teams.
In 26 career appearances, McCoy has 91 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes defensed.
Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.