The Philadelphia Eagles are re-signing free agent cornerback Orlando Scandrick, according to a report from NFL insider Mike Garafolo. The team has yet to officially confirm this development and announce a corresponding roster move. UPDATE: The Eagles released veteran linebacker L.J. Fort in order to sign Scandrick.
He’s certainly no Jalen Ramsey — and that’s just a slight understatement — but Scandrick does have some familiarity with the Eagles’ defense after spending most of training camp with Philadelphia before getting waived in final cuts last month.
The Eagles needed to add a corner to their roster due to all the injuries they’ve suffered at that position. The team was down to just Rasul Douglas and practice squad call-up Craig James at corner by the end of their Week 4 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Ronald Darby (hamstring), Sidney Jones (hamstring), and Avonte Maddox (concussion/neck) are all dealing with injuries that could cause them to miss time. John Clark reports there’s hope Jones can play in Week 5 but Darby might not be back until Week 6. It’s unclear when Maddox will be able to return.
Scandrick, who turns 33 in February, is likely just a temporary band-aid signing. The Eagles will potentially be getting some reinforcements down the road since Jalen Mills is eligible to return from the PUP list in Week 7 and Cre’Von LeBlanc is eligible to activated from injured reserve in Week 9.
In the meantime, the Eagles will hope Scandrick can be serviceable enough to get the team through some games until other corners get healthy. He didn’t look totally cooked this summer but it’s not like he proved he still has a lot of gas left in the tank, either.