Cullen Jenkins knew it probably wasn't good news.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman was on the phone, and Jenkins couldn't remember the last time he spoke with Roseman over the phone.

"I don't even know if I talked to him on the phone since I signed here, so I knew something was up," Jenkins told CSN's Derrick Gunn on Monday.

Roseman informed Jenkins that he had been released and later had the same news for Mike Patterson.

Jenkins was acquired in the once celebrated but now berated summer-signing spree that followed the 2011 lockout. Selected by the Eagles in the first round of the 2005 draft, Patterson had been the team's longest tenured player.

Patterson leaves having played more games (115) with the Eagles than any defensive tackle in team history. With a career-high 114 tackles in 2007, he and Trent Cole became the first pair of Eagles D-linemen since 1991 to record more than 100 tackles in a single season. Over the last eight years he not only was one of the team's most productive players but also one of its most affable. Fittingly, Patterson asked the team to release the following message to the fans on his behalf.