The Philadelphia Eagles have release safety Jaiquawn Jarrett. The move was made, in part, so that the team could sign wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. Philadelphia is getting thin at receiver, especially considering Jeremy Maclin’s latest flirtation with the injury bug. The move to sign Gilyard has been expected since Maclin got dinged up several times against the Cleveland Browns.
The Eagles had high hopes for Jarrett, who was selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL draft out of Temple University. Unfortunately for all parties involved, Jarrett was a constant disappointment and consistently under unperformed. He frequently looked lost when he had the opportunity to play this preseason. Some may see this as a shocking move, but based solely on his performance, Jarrett has to be considered a bust. I am, however, surprised the team decided to cut their losses this early with the young safety.
Jarrett will finish his lackluster Eagles career with 22 tackles in the 12 games in which he participated. Despite the absence of Jarrett, Philadelphia will still carry 4 safeties on their roster, 2 of which were inactive against the Browns. David Sims, who was recently signed by the team, will assume the role of backup, stepping in should Kurt Coleman or Nate Allen get hurt.
The most surprising aspect out of the entire situation is the fact that the Eagles front office is basically admitting they made a mistake in drafting Jarrett in the 2nd round. If they did not feel they made an enormous blunder, they would have tried to let the kid work through his issues. Apparently he has been given enough chances, and the team decided it was time to send him packing.