Step aside, Tim Tebow. There may be a new (possible) future CFL star in the NFL ranks, and his name is Danny Watkins!
Or at least that's what a "report" by TSN Insider Duane Forde indicates. In a BC Lions draft primer article on TSN.com, Forde writes:
2012 first rounder OL Kirby Fabien could arrive this season, while somewhere well down the road, current Philadelphia Eagles OL Danny Watkins could also wind up with the Leos.
It turns out the BC Lions still own the rights to Watkins after drafting him with the 4th overall pick in the 2010 CFL draft. Playing for the BC team would give Watkins the opportunity to play closer to his hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia.
But before we get ahead of ourselves here, let's not write off Watkins to the CFL just yet.
It's obvious the former first round picks' career with the Eagles hasn't gone well to this point. He hasn't proved himself to be a reliable starter, and with the Eagles recent draft selection of Lane Johnson, Watkins is currently projected to be a back-up at OG.
It seems unlikely that the Eagles will cut Watkins any time before or during the 2013 season. It's actually more expensive for the Eagles to cut Watkins than it is to keep him on the roster. Besides, if there was ever a time for Watkins to turn around his brief NFL career (going on his 3rd season) it might be now with a new coaching staff in place. Based on Watkins previous performance it's not looking encouraging, but maybe there's a chance.
If Watkins continues to disappoint or fails to prove himself in 2013, there's a good chance the Eagles could cut him after the season. It's possible one of 31 other NFL teams could take a chance on him at that point, but if not, Watkins does have the option to return home and play in the CFL.
So try to contain your excitement, BC Lions fans. Watkins just might be playing for your team one day but probably not any time too soon.
(H/T to Philly.com)