The Philadelphia Eagles have released second-year defensive back Jaylen Watkins, according to a report from Howard Eskin. Earlier on Friday evening, it was reported the Eagles were trying to trade Watkins and planned on releasing him if the team could not find an offer. Here's what I wrote earlier:
"The 22-year-old defensive back has struggled this summer after failing to make much of an impact as a rookie in 2014. The Eagles drafted Watkins in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the expectation he could play either cornerback or safety for them. Watkins got more looks at cornerback than he did at safety, however."
With Watkins out, the Eagles have five cornerbacks left on the roster: Byron Maxwell, Nolan Carroll, Eric Rowe, E.J. Biggers, and Denzel Rice. The first three players are locks. The Eagles might keep both Biggers and Rice since they are possibly only keeping four safeties after cutting Ed Reynolds.
In other news, Eskin noted that the Eagles AREN'T trying to shop Kenjon Barner, which makes sense now that the team cut Raheem Mostert.
Eskin also confirmed the Eagles ARE trying to trade Najee Goode.