The Eagles released McDougle last week in order to sign former Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.
Hmm. I’m sure espionage isn’t the only factor here (Marshon Lattimore is hurt), but it might not be purely coincidence that two of the top teams in the NFC are getting some extra intel on each other.
Philadelphia originally acquired the 26-year-old McDougle in August when they traded backup safety Terrence Brooks to the New York Jets. McDougle played eight regular seasons games for the Eagles. He logged 54 defensive snaps (9.3%) and 135 special teams snaps (49.8%) in that span.
The Eagles didn’t necessarily cut McDougle because he was bad. It’s just that they had a numbers crunch at corner and wanted to make room for Ellerbe.
Philly isn’t scheduled to play the Saints in the regular season this year, but it’s very possible the two teams could meet in the 2018 NFL playoffs. Now both sides will have a little extra inside info on each other.