NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 30: Wade Bonner #7 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs celebrates during the closing minute of a win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field on December 30, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Mississippi State won 23-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Mississippi DB Wade Bonner was at the Eagles rookie camp for a tryout over the weekend and performed well enough to get himself a contract. To make room, they waived WR Darnell Johnson. Bonner played free safety for the Bulldogs on the same defense as Fletcher Cox and Jamar Chaney.
He's still got some work to do to even make it to training camp, but it certainly is a reminder that nothing comes for free in the NFL. One day you can sign a contract with a team (like Johnson did) and a month later it could be gone because someone was just a little bit better.
Here is the Eagles release on Bonner.
A four-year letterman at Mississippi State, Bonner (5-10, 195) played in 48 career games for the Bulldogs, switching to the defensive side of the ball prior to the start of the 2009 season. He tallied 125 tackles and 2.5 sacks in three seasons as a defensive back, including a career-high 66 tackles as a senior in 2011. As a freshman in 2008, Bonner played in 12 games as a reserve running back, receiver and return man.