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Monday, May 20, 2013
Eagles waive Stony Brook star Maysonet

By Rich Cimini

Former Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet, who signed a free-agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles at the conclusion of last month's NFL draft, already is looking for a new team.

In a surprising move, the Eagles released Maysonet over the weekend. The team made it official Monday morning, announcing they had waived him. The waiver period is 24 hours.

It was curious on a few levels. Maysonet received a $10,000 signing bonus, the largest amount for any undrafted running back, according to a source. But he never got a chance to prove himself in OTA practices.

By NCAA rule, Maysonet wasn't allowed to participate in last week's OTAs because his class at Stony Brook still hasn't graduated. He took part in a three-day rookie minicamp almost two weeks ago, and that was it.

Perhaps the Eagles felt they had too many running backs on the roster after signing former Cowboys starter Felix Jones last week to a one-year contract. But there may have been other factors.

The front office wanted to keep Maysonet, but new coach Chip Kelly claimed he wasn't a fit in his system and wanted him gone, according to a source.

Maysonet's release created an immediate buzz. In fact, he was trending for several minutes on Twitter, highly unusual for a small-school player.

He was the first player in Stony Brook history to receive an invitation to the scouting combine, and he had hoped to become the first to get drafted. That didn't happen, but he generated interest from several teams, namely the Giants, Jets, Steelers and Buccaneers.

Maysonet, who rushed for more than 1,900 yards last season, participated in the Jets and Giants pro days for local prospects. The Jets have six running backs on their roster, but they could look to add another, considering the uncertain status of Mike Goodson. He was arrested last week on drug and weapons charges.