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Eagles Trim Roster After Blockbuster Deal

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Sam Bradford is on his way to Minnesota. Several other former Eagles are headed to the unemployment line.

While the trade of Bradford grabbed the headlines on Saturday, there were still roster moves to be made. The Eagles got down to the required 53-man roster by making their final roster cuts. After fielding a host of questions about the Bradford trade, Roseman talked about the rest of the moves made with eight days remaining before the start of the regular season.

"It's about the team," Roseman said. "For us, it's about building an identity as a football team in all three phases. That's on offense,defense, and special teams. It's never about one guy. When you talk about 53 guys, it's the ultimate team sport."

One of the players cut on Saturday was Linebacker Najee Goode. While Roseman hinted the door might be open to the veteran backup to return, he also indicated more moves may be made at linebacker with only four on the current roster.

"A 53-man roster is fluid," said Roseman. "We'll see what happens in the next couple of days. A 4-3 team with four linebackers is a low number. We'll just have to see what shakes out and what happens going forward and what's out there."

Among the other noticeable cuts were Cornerback JaCorey Shepherd, Kicker Cody Parkey, Tight End Chris Pantale and Safety Ed Reynolds. The Eagles also kept several undrafted free agents, and Roseman said the team did its homework with the players who survived the cut.

"We've got to find ways to improve this football team in an unconventional manner," Roseman said. "For us, we felt we needed to throw dart to guys in that pool that we liked."

More moves will likely be made before the Eagles open the season on September 11th against Cleveland. Roseman emphasized the goal remains the same.

"We're just trying to put together a process where we can become a great team again," said Roseman. "We think our fans deserve that. That's what we're looking to do, but we know that's a process that doesn't happen overnight."

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