Notable former Eagles who are still seeking an opportunity as OTAs continue

OTAs are in full swing. The Philadelphia Eaglesare working and fine-tuning their roster. Meanwhile, some familiar faces are still seeking their next opportunity.
Steven Nelson, Philadelphia Eagles
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Days are flying by faster than ever, aren't they? We waited patiently for this week to begin. We had the Philadelphia Eagles and organized team activities on our minds. We had them circled on our May calendars. We did so for obvious reasons.

An open practice session... Another look at some of the new guys... Might Vic Fangio's wish for longer practices be granted?

At this story's release, two sessions are in the books (May 20th and May 22nd). Four OTA sessions remain: May 23rd, May 28th, May 30th, and May 31st.

This is roster already looks phenomenal. We expect Howie Roseman to continue making improvements.

Here's a look at several former Eagles who are still on the free-agent market.

Now and then, when Philly needs to fill holes on their roster, they'll often look to do so by adding guys they're already familiar with. We'll be honest. We're going to assume none of the guys on this list will receive a phone call, but let's give them a look anyway.

As of now, they're still in search of their next job. That caught our attention as these guys all saw significant playing time during their brief tenures as Eagles.

Justin Evans, safety

Justin Evans was signed in March of 2023 as the Eagles had hopes that he could help stabilize the safety position after Marcus Epps and C.J. Gardner-Johnson were both lost to free agency. Evans appeared in four games and started all of them but was lost for the season in October because of a knee injury.

He hasn't been picked up by anyone yet. We'll see if he is at some point.

Julio Jones, wide receiver

The Eagles originally signed Julio Jones to their practice squad in October before eventually elevating him to their active roster. He's a future Pro Football Hall of Famer. There's no question about it, but after watching him labor more than we're used to seeing during the past few seasons and his 11 games in the City of Brotherly Love, it appears his best days are behind him.

Oh well... He's an NFL legend now, and he caught 11 passes for 74 yards and reached the end zone three times in an Eagles jersey. That's pretty cool, right?

Zach Cunningham and Shaquille Leonard, linebackers

People are feeling better about the Eagles' linebacker room now after Philly added Devin White and Jeremiah Trotter Jr. during free agency and the NFL Draft. Nakobe Dean made two trips to the injured reserve last season. He'll be back and will be given every opportunity to win the starting middle linebacker job.

Like everyone else on this list, Zach Cunningham and Shaquille Leonard are still seeking their next opportunity. The former appeared in 13 regular-season games with ten starts and collected 85 tackles.

The latter was a late addition that stacked 23 tackles and a sack during five regular-season appearances with three starts. Cunningham added nine stops during Philly's lone playoff game, but it was determined at the close of the campaign that they wouldn't be a part of the Eagles' future.

Steven Nelson, cornerback

Steven Nelson wasn't great during his lone season in an Eagles jersey. He wasn't necessarily terrible either. He redeemed himself during two decent seasons with the Houston Texans and snagged four interceptions in 2023.

The Texans elected against retaining him, and he has yet to receive a call. While a reunion with the Birds is unlikely, it stands to reason that he maight be a late add for a cornerback-needy team if they endure any unforeseen injuries.

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