Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Rasheed Bailey is no longer out of a job. Bailey has signed with the Canadian Football League's BC Lions as a practice squad member. The BC Lions are 5-9 with four games remaining on their schedule.
Bailey, a Roxborough native, became a fan favorite for Eagles fans this offseason after the team signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Delaware Valley University. Despite being a Division III product, Bailey didn't look totally out of place during the summer. He finished preseason with 10 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately for Bailey and Eagles fans, his performance apparently wasn't good enough to earn a roster spot or even practice squad consideration. Despite this, Kelly had praise for Bailey following the team's decision to release him.
"[Bailey] just needs to continue to improve," Kelly said. "But it's a tough deal now, making an NFL team, whether it's on the 53‑man roster or on the practice squad. But coming from where he came from, I thought he had really worked extremely hard on it. I actually talked to a CFL team that called about him yesterday. I hope he continues to play because I think he's got a bright future."
Bailey worked out for several NFL teams in recent weeks but it would appear no one made an offer. Perhaps the Eagles will have interest in bringing him back for the 2016 offseason.