This past weekend, the Eagles cut more than 20 players in order to create the team's opening day roster. Of those cuts, no name was more newsworthy than Danny Watkins (Acho Maniacs would likely disagree). The former first-round pick was waived on Saturday, following two uneventful years in Philadelphia.
The exodus from Philadelphia drew speculation that Watkins would retire, but evidently that is not the case. According to Jason LaCanfora, Watkins will sign with the Miami Dolphins following a workout with the team on Monday.
Former Eagles 1st rnd pick Danny Watkins will sign w/MIA. Guard visited Fins, was getting interest from other teams after clearing waivers— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 3, 2013
The Fins could use some depth behind John Jerry and Ritchie Incognito at guard and Watkins may be worth a shot for the three-year veteran minimum. While he didn't excel in Philadelphia, he is familiar with the West Coast Offense that the Dolphins use.
The Eagles certainly saw something special in Watkins in order to take him in the first-round of the 2011 draft, so maybe he can rediscover himself in another town. While he is already old enough to be a serious veteran in the league, he only started playing football in his early 20's, so he has little thread on his tires. Perhaps a change of scenery is all the Canadian firefighter needs to reinvent himself in the NFL.
Update: According to several reports, Watkins has signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins.