Recent Eagles free-agent signings that just didn’t pan out

Mike Wallace #14, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Don’t spend too much time stewing over failed Eagles free-agent signings. Occasionally, they’re going to happen.

Life is about balance. We’d have no concept of winning had we never lost. There can’t be a success without failure. From a football standpoint, here’s what that looks like. Sometimes, the Philadelphia Eagles are going to enjoy winning seasons, and sometimes, they’re going to disappoint us.

There will, at times, be home-run draft choices. Look no further than Jalen Hurts, Dallas Goedert, and DeVonta Smith. The NFL Draft is also a crapshoot though, so occasionally the Birds will fail with a Jalen Reagor or a Marcus Smith addition. Free-agency evaluations can be just as tricky.

Howie Roseman has established himself as the game’s best general manager. Sure, we’ve gotten frustrated with him from time to time, but he has earned our trust. At least he should have.

Howie isn’t perfect, and he has admitted to that. Trading for Marquise Goodwin in 2020 and signing Mike Wallace ahead of the 2018 NFL season failed, but trust us on this one. Philly could do a lot worse than having Howie make the decisions about the roster.

Goodwin, a draft-day trade never played a down for the Philadelphia Eagles. There’s no shade there. He and his wife had a newborn, and the 2020 season coincided with the COVID-19 scare, so we completely understand. Mike Wallace was a different story though.

Signed on March 22nd of 2018, he appeared in two games and didn’t catch a pass in either one of them. His lone season in the City of Brotherly Love ended with a trip to the injured reserve.

Most of the men on this list didn’t have stints in Philly that were as disappointing as that, but then again, there are some doozies here. We’re walking down memory lane and revisiting some failed free-agent signings. Thankfully, none of them are as heartbreaking as that Nnamdi Asomugha debacle.