The Cardinals released Philon on Saturday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Brought in to bolster the Cardinals defensive line as a free agent in March, Philon instead finds himself without a job following his arrest Friday morning. Any team that takes a chance on Philon will be doing so with the likelihood that he'll be facing a suspension from the NFL at some point. After this move, the Cardinals are expected to slot rookie Zach Allen into the starting lineup.
Philon was arrested Friday morning after he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for an alleged incident from May, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury wouldn't comment beyond a vanilla statement and also didn't say whether Philon has been suspended by the team. As for the NFL, the league office likely won't levy punishment until the legal process plays itself out. If Philon misses time in the regular season, he'll be replaced on the starting defensive line with 2019 third-round pick Zach Allen.
Philon is signing a two-year, $10 million contract with the Cardinals, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Philon will get $5 million guaranteed and his contract can max out at $12 million with incentives. The Arkansas product appeared in all 32 regular-season games for the Chargers the past two seasons (making 13 starts in 2018) and racked up 64 tackles and 8.5 sacks along the way. Now with the Cardinals, Philon will likely slot in as a starter alongside fellow defensive end Robert Nkemdiche and nose tackle Corey Peters.
Philon recorded five tackles (three solo), including 1.5 sacks, and forced a fumble in Saturday's loss to Baltimore.
Philon had an impressive outing Sunday, tying his season high in tackles and setting a season high in sacks. The third-year defender has 32 tackles (19 solo), including four sacks, through 15 games this season.
Philon (ankle) is active for Sunday's game at Oakland.
Philon sustained the ankle injury last week against the Seahawks but won't be forced to miss any games. The 24-year-old should have his usual role as a rotational defensive tackle against the Raiders.
Philon (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Philon suffered the ankle injury last week against the Seahawks and started the week as a non-participant, but he practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday. Justin Jones would see heavier snaps as a reserve defensive tackle if Philon is unable to suit up Sunday.
Philon is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Seahawks due to an ankle injury.
Philon was carted off the field after sustaining an ankle injury, and is questionable to return to Sunday's tilt. As long as Philon remains sidelined, Justin Jones and Isaac Rochell could receive increased defensive opportunities.
Philon registered five tackles (four solo) and one sack in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Titans.
Philon tallied his second sack in the last three weeks, taking advantage of Melvin Ingram's outside pass rush to swallow up Marcus Mariota in the pocket. The imminent return of Joey Bosa (foot) will likely mean that Philon will be used more as a situational pass rusher, potentially in replace of Brandon Mebane. While IDP owners will want to stay away from Philon with the return of Bosa, the 24-year-old's emergence as a pass-rushing threat adds yet another capable defensive weapon to a team loaded with playmakers.
Philon recorded two tackles (one solo) and a sack across 34 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
Philon reached the quarterback for the first time this season Sunday and now has seven tackles on the year. However, with Corey Liuget returning from suspension last week, Philon will see a drop in defensive snaps and will likely lose his role as starter, leaving him with little IDP value.
Philon has been receiving first-team reps at defensive end as Joey Bosa continues his holdout, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports.
With Joey Bosa continuing his holdout, Philon has stepped in and performed well during first-team reps. While the second-year pro will likely take a back seat once Bosa arrives to camp, it appears as if Philon has likely worked his way into San Diego's defensive line rotation and should see an increase in snaps heading into the 2016 season.
Philon operated as San Diego's starting defensive end while Joey Bosa sat out offseason activities over a contract dispute, per ESPN.com.
The Chargers' sixth-round selection in 2015, Philon had been granted draft eligibility as an underclassmen, entering the league as a redshirt sophomore. He was appropriately deemed a very raw prospect, but after just one campaign in the pros, Philon has seemed to have worked himself into San Diego's rotation on the defensive line. Even with the addition of first-rounder Joey Bosa, Philon appears set to see an uptick in snaps during the upcoming 2016 season.