The Patriots released receiver Greg Salas on Thursday in order to activate offensive lineman Markus Zusevics.
On Friday evening the Eagles announced that they had claimed the second-year receiver off waivers. A league source said that the Jets also put in a claim for Salas, but he was granted to Philadelphia because the Eagles have a worse record (3-7) than New York (4-7).
Salas was drafted by the Rams last year, where he was coached by Josh McDaniels; with McDaniels coming back to New England, the Patriots traded for Salas to reunite coach and player. He was released after the second regular-season game and re-signed to the practice squad, where he remained before being promoted to the 53-man roster before the Colts game.
While he was on practice squad, the Patriots were paying Salas well above the usual rate for practice squad players, which was assumed to be a sign that the team wanted to keep him around.