The Los Angeles Rams released S Blake Countess yesterday due to not being able to agree to new terms on a pay cut, and the Philadelphia Eagles have claimed the former Ram, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport:
Countess became expendable when the Rams drafted two safeties this past weekend in the second round in Taylor Rapp, and seventh round in Nick Scott. Both guys have the ability to play a vital role on special teams, and that’s where majority of Countess’ contribution stemmed from.
In 2018, Countess started one game at safety for the Rams, though he ultimately suffered an injury (concussion protocol) and was pulled rather quickly. On 58 defensive snaps and 356 special teams snaps, Countess produced nine total tackles, one interception, and two pass deflections.
Countess brings the ability to play at either safety spot or even the nickel cornerback position in a pinch. Ironically enough, he was actually drafted by the Eagles in 2016. He will effectively be replaced by Nick Scott because Rapp is sure to see a lot more usage on defense than only 58 snaps.