Ronald Darby’s agent, Tory Dandy, recently posted some video clips of his impending free agent client doing some rehab work. I’m no medical expert but Darby seems to be making good progress as he recovers from an ACL injury that occurred in mid-November 2018. See for yourself:
@realronalddarby I see you getting it in bro and looking really good! The comeback this season is going to be EPIC!!! pic.twitter.com/9tBmp6gdTH— Tory Dandy (@ToryDandy) February 25, 2019
@realronalddarby Keep grinding hard bro!!! pic.twitter.com/UPcv9enpBH— Tory Dandy (@ToryDandy) February 25, 2019
It’ll be interesting to see how Darby’s market develops this offseason.
The 25-year-old cornerback figures to be the top player available at his position in free agency. One projection indicates Darby could receive a six-year deal worth up to $80 million. That figure doesn’t seem to account for the fact he’s coming off a serious injury, however.
From what I’ve heard, the door has not been closed on Darby returning to the Eagles. It’d make sense that Philadelphia would want to retain him since he’s their most proven and experienced starting cornerback option. He’s also their fastest defensive back.
It’s just not easy to imagine the Eagles outbidding other suitors in an effort to retain Darby. We all know Philly is limited on cap space. The Eagles also like the talented youth they already have under contract at corner. Darby returning to the Eagles would likely have to come in the form of some kind of one-year, “prove it” deal.
The Eagles could potentially receive a nice compensatory pick in the 2020 NFL Draft if Darby signs with another team in free agency. Philly could be receiving an extra third or fourth-round pick depending on the size of his new deal.