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Eagles clear cap space by releasing DeMeco Ryans

Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA;Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59) celebrates after breaking up a pass during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA;Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59) celebrates after breaking up a pass during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles released veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans on Wednesday.

#Eagles release LB DeMeco Ryans.

Doug Pederson & Howie Roseman will address the move at 4:15 from the #NFLCombine. pic.twitter.com/VMF1HEnWvd

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 24, 2016

Ryans was set to enter 2016 with a $4.5 million salary cap number after renegotiating his contract last March. According to Overthecap.com, the Eagles will save $3.5 million in 2016 cap space with $1 million in dead cap money.

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Ryans, who will be 32 when the 2016 season starts, has spent the last four seasons with the Eagles. Injuries have forced him to miss 10 games over the past two seasons.

With the Eagles moving back to a 4-3 base defensive scheme and a crowded depth chart at inside linebacker, they decided there was no room for Ryans, who was due a $1 million roster bonus on March 11.