Now, we can call this one official. Last season, after watching the Philadelphia Eagles get gouged by the Washington Commanders in a Week 10 loss, they signed Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph. this past Sunday, they saw their linebacker corps get taken advantage of time and time again. They have responded by, again, investing in some reinforcements.
Guess what? Shaquille Leonard is an Eagle.
Expect to see Shaq Leonard on the field for the Philadelphia Eagles' Week 14 bout versus the Dallas Cowboys.
ESPN's Adam Scefter reports that Shaq Leonard's deal is of the one-year variety. That's smart by the Eagles. That also allows Leonard to play his way into a bigger deal down the road. This could also mean the Dallas Cowboys weren't willing to offer him anything more than a one-year deal.
Hey, why should Philly sign him to multiple years if Dallas wasn't willing to do the same thing, right?
Regardless of how you feel about that argument (or whether or not you believe that Leonard has anything left), this has to be seen as a good move for Philly. If he's anything close to being what he once was, he's better than every linebacker the Birds currently have on their current roster.
It might be erroneous to believe that he would have been helpful in stopping Deebo Samuel from scoring three touchdowns. He does elevate the Eagles' linebacker position.
He becomes worthy of an opportunity to earn a starting role simply by walking into the building. At the risk of sounding disrespectful, we have to be honest about what we're seeing. Nicholas Morrow and Christian Elliss are decent role players, but they aren't capable of holding their own versus the offensive onslaught of an opposing team that has elite skill players.