The Eagles are continuing to make moves regarding their own roster, trading OT Winston Justice to the Indianapolis Colts. The two teams will also swap sixth round selections, allowing the Eagles to move up 15 slots.
But the real motivation for the move was that it allowed the team clear some cap space. Justice’s cap number for 2012 was $4.3 million. There is some dead money in the contract, but it should should clear somewhere just over $2 million for the upcoming season.
Justice, a 2006 second round pick out of USC, looked to be a complete bust in his early years with Philadelphia. You’ll probably recall Justice’s first start in which New York DE Osi Umenyiora embarrassed him on national television on the way to racking up four sacks in a 16-3 Giants win.
Former Eagles DE Hugh Douglas talked about Justice after the game, “If they don’t bite when they’re a puppy they won’t bite when they’re a grown dog. To me he’s not even a football player.”
Justice rebounded, though, going on start 31 games for the Eagles as a serviceable tackle. Still, he never scratched the surface of his potential nor did he come close to producing the way the 39th overall pick in a draft should. His return for the 2012 season seemed unlikely.
If any more details emerge regrading this move, we’ll get them to you.