As we all know by now, the Philadelphia Eagles released Kenny Phillips yesterday to make their way to the 75-man roster.
Phillips was once considered one of the best safeties in the NFL while he was playing for the New York Giants. Phillips had the combination of size, speed, athleticism, and intelligence which is very rare in this era of professional football for a safety to have all those attributes. Phillips began his career in 2008 and after his rookie season, it seemed like he was going to have a very bright future in the NFL. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
Phillips has been battling knee injuries since his college days and has not been the same player since his microfacture surgery. Phillips had the talent to be a very good safety, but injuries have prevented this and it seems like his football career will be over since he was unable to make the Eagles roster despite the lack of talent in the back end of the secondary.
However, fans can’t blame the front office for taking a chance on Phillips. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman obviously knew Phillips’ situation and offered him a contract that had no risk involved. There was no guaranteed money in the contract and the Eagles already paid him the money that was involved with his base salary. Best case scenario during this deal was that Phillips would come back to football with a healthy knee and show some signs of solid safety play. The worst case scenario for this deal was let him walk, simple as that.
Phillips definitely had a chance to make this football team when he was signed since there aren’t many play makers at the safety position, but this just shows that Phillips’ NFL career is over. The Eagles desperately need a reliable safety since the departure of Brian Dawkins, and the fact that Phillips couldn’t even beat out Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson, and rookie Earl Wolff shows that his knee is far from being 100 percent.
There was a lot of hope when Eagles brought in Phillips. Even though the experiment failed, the Eagles did the right thing and tried to bring in talent that possibly could help the defense. Unfortunately it didn’t work out.
Sonny Bryan is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SonnyBryan50