With the release of quarterback Kevin O’Connell this afternoon, the speculation of what New England may do next has begun.

According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, New England is among many teams to express an interest in Philadelphia’s A.J. Feeley, but the Eagles reportedly don’t plan on parting with Feeley until they know how long Michael Vick will have to sit out. With the length of Vick’s reinstatment still unknown (it could range from one to six games), it would be tough for Philadelphia to let him go.

Feeley was taken in the fifth round (155th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Eagles and is no stranger to trades. He was traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2004, and then traded the following year to San Diego midway through the 2005 season. He then signed with Philadelpia in 2006 and was given a three year contract in 2007, which has him under contract with the Eagles until 2010. However, his future appears to be in doubt, at least until the Eagles find out what will become of Vick’s reinstatement.

Nevertheless the timing of this afternoon’s release of O’Connell is definitely a surprise. Give Bill Belichick credit, as the good news is it gives O’Connell an extra week to hopefully get a new start somewhere else.