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Philadelphia Eagles release former Alabama LB Demeco Ryans

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A four-year stint in Philadelphia came to an end for linebacker Demeco Ryans as he was cut from the team Wednesday.

The 10-year veteran had a base salary of $2.5 million that would have been fully guaranteed on Mar. 11, per Zach Jackson of Pro Football Talk. 

Ryans, 31, totaled 330 tackles, five sacks, 20 passes defended and five interceptions for the Eagles from 2012-15. His 2014 season ended abrutly, due to a rupture of his Achilles tendon.

Both of his Pro Bowl appearances—2007 and 2009—came with the Houston Texans (2006-11). He was taken by the Texans with the 33rd overall pick in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Ryans earned first-team All-Pro honors after his second year in 2007.

He has 13.5 career sacks, seven interceptions, seven forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries.

Ryans was a standout at linebacker at Alabama from 2002-05. He guided the Crimson Tide to a 10-2 season in 2005 under head coach Mike Shula. Ryans won multiple awards that year, including SEC Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous All-American.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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