“’Mike Patterson is one of the toughest players I have ever been around in the National Football League,’ said general manager Howie Roseman. ’He has overcome many obstacles throughout his career and I have the upmost respect for him because of it. Coach (Chip) Kelly and I each had a great conversations today with him. He is a class act. He gave this organization eight great seasons of hard work and dedication and we wish him all the best as he continues his career in this league.’"
Patterson was the longest tenured Eagle a he was drafted in the first round in the 2005 draft. Up until 2012, Patterson has only missed two games in his career with Philadelphia. During training camp 2011, Patterson suffered a seizure and it was discovered that he had a brain disorder called AVM. He delayed surgery until after the 2011 season and missed just one game in 2011.
The move will save the Eagles $3 million with no cap hit. In five games last year, Patterson had one sack and three tackles. In eight seasons with the Eagles, Patterson racked up 16.5 sacks and 255 tackles.
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