According to a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the Eagles are one of 18 teams interested in Canadial Football League cornerback Delvin Breaux. Caplan reports that the Eagles want to bring in Breaux for a workout. The Patriots, Texans, Jaguars, Dolphins, Cards, Steelers, Lions, 49ers, and Broncos are among some of the other teams interested.
Breaux is an interesting player. Read more about him here.
"A highly recruited 17-year-old, Breaux was headed for NCAA glory when his life slid off the rails in a game between his McDonogh 35 High School and Jesuit High in New Orleans. Racing down the left sideline on special teams, Breaux angled towards the kick returner and, cutting round the corner of the five-man wall, launched himself at the ball-carrier like an Exocet missile.
Later at the hospital, he was told he had broken his C4, C5, C6 vertebrae and an artery had been partially blocked by a chopped bone. His doctor told him he should be dead."
The now-25-year-old defensive back was heavily recruited and received a scholarship at LSU despite not being cleared to play football. Breaux left college to play in the Gridiron Developmental Football League before moving on to the Arena Football League and mostly recently the CFL. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed Breaux in May 2013. In two years with the team, Breaux has recorded 62 tackles, one sack, one interception, one touchdown, and two fumble recoveries.
Breaux reportedly runs a 4.38 second 40-yard-dash. He has good size at 6-1, 192 pounds. According to Russell Lande, who is a former NFL scout and College Scouting Director for the Montreal Alouettes, Breaux is a prospect worth keeping an eye on. "If Breaux passes physical, I believe he will start in 2015 and be a very good starter for a long time," Lande tweeted.
The Eagles desperately need help at cornerback so it certainly couldn't hurt for them to take a shot on Breaux. The team is allowed to carry 90 players on their offseason roster anyway. (His middle name is Chip! And come on, his last name is basically "bro".)
Breaux won't be able to officially sign with an NFL team until February 10. He will hope to follow in the footsteps of current Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner, who signed with the Seahawks out of the CFL in 2011 and has gone on to have a successful career.
Breaux isn't the only CFL player drawing interest from the NFL. The son of former Eagles wide receiver Cris Carter, Duron Carter, is also receiving attention.
Philadelphia has signed a few CFL prospects within the past five years. In 2010, the team signed running back Martell Mallet. Then Phillip Hunt was brought aboard in 2011. Could Breaux be the next CFL talent headed to the Eagles?
Here's some film from his rookie season (2013) in the CFL.
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