The Philadelphia Eagles worked out two free agent cornerbacks on Tuesday: Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Juston Burris.
Boddy-Calhoun is a 26-year-old Wilmington, Delaware native with 22 starts in 43 games played. Mind you, all of those starts came for the Browns over the past three seasons after he originally entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent. Boddy-Calhoun has logged 132 total tackles, 19 passes defensed, three interceptions, one defensive touchdown, one forced fumble, and one sack to this point in his career. Boddy-Calhoun also notably picked off Nick Foles in the preseason last year:
Briean Boddy-Calhoun (@darthBoCa) picks off Nick Foles! #PHIvsCLE— NFL (@NFL) August 24, 2018
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Burris is a 26-year-old who was originally selected by the New York Jets with a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He’s made just two starts in 38 career appearances. Burris has 30 total tackles, seven passes defensed, and two interceptions to his name.
The Eagles have a vacant roster spot after placing Cre’Von LeBlanc on injured reserve on Monday evening. It makes sense they’d be looking to sign a corner since Ronald Darby (who’s coming off an ACL injury), Avonte Maddox, Sidney Jones, and Rasul Douglas are currently the only four healthy corners on the team.
A noteworthy similarity between Boddy-Calhoun and Burris is that they’re both NOT vested veterans. This means their contracts won’t be guaranteed for the entire 2019 season if they’re on a Week 1 roster. This is significant for the Eagles because Philly’s likely just looking for some short-term corner depth. The Eagles could sign one of these two guys and then waive them next week to make room for re-signing Orlando Scandrick, who IS a vested veteran.
There’s been some thought the Eagles might use their open roster spot on a third tight end but it looks like that might not be the case. Doug Pederson did note the Eagles could use Andre Dillard as a blocking tight end in certain packages.
The Eagles will likely fill their open roster spot by Wednesday morning since the team will be holding one of their three primary practices prior to playing Washington.