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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Jay Ajayi #28, Philadelphia Eagles
Jay Ajayi #28, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

. . Jay Ajayi, running back (2019). 28. player. 54.

Jay Ajayi never finds the magic again after helping the Eagles win the franchise’s first-ever Vince Lombardi Trophy.

You don’t need to be a quick study to realize Miles Sanders wasn’t going to receive a second contract from the Eagles despite notching career numbers in 2022. During his tenure as general manager, Howie Roseman has extended two home-grown tailbacks, Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy. Both signings are totally understandable.

Westbrook and Shady were both exceptional. Jay Ajayi was a very good tailback but one Philly should have given up on before they did.

It’s not like Howie isn’t a man of second chances. We had seen him bring back familiar faces to play running back. Think Darren Sproles and Jordan Howard. Jay Ajayi‘s return in 2019, unfortunately, failed to bring the same sizzle.

One of the heroes of the 2017 Super Bowl-winning season, Jay was placed on Philly’s injured reserve in 2018 after suffering a season-ending torn ACL during Week 5 versus the Minnesota Vikings. He re-signed with the Birds on November 15th of 2019 after the team needed to place Darren Sproles on injured reserve.

Sadly, as it would turn out, Ajayi didn’t have anything left and was released on December 23rd after appearing in three games and recording 30 rushing yards on a mere ten carries.