Ronald Darby is leaving the Philadelphia Eagles but he’s not leaving the NFC East. The 26-year-old cornerback is signing a one-year contract worth $4 million with Washington, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
It’s certainly no surprise that the Eagles didn’t retain Darby. Here’s what we wrote about him following the 2019 season:
Review: Darby was targeted early and often by opposing teams in his first three starts. It was very clear that teams viewed him as a weak point as he was still coming off an ACL injury that occurred in November 2018. Darby got banged up in Week 3 and didn’t return to the lineup until Week 8. Darby settled in a little bit before getting victimized by DeVante Parker in the Eagles’ loss to the Miami Dolphins. Then it was New York Giants rookie wide receiver who gave Darby a lot of trouble in Week 15. Darby got hurt again in Week 15, this time it was a hip issue. He tried to play in Week 16 but he didn’t last long before coming out. The Eagles then placed him on injured reserve, ending his season on IR for the second year in a row.
Outlook: The Eagles re-signed Darby to a one-year, “prove it” contract last year. Darby did not prove he’s worth keeping around. His durability issues are a real concern considering he’s only played in 57% of the team’s games since he was acquired by Philly. And he clearly wasn’t an effective contributor even when he was healthy. PFF has Darby graded as their seventh worst corner from 2019. He’s gotta go.
Eagles fans polled here at Bleeding Green Nation were clearly ready to move on:
Washington is taking a chance on Darby — an Oxon Hill, Maryland native — bouncing back now that he’s further removed from the ACL injury he suffered in 2018. I have my doubts it’ll work out well for them. I’m sure the Eagles will be looking to target whomever Darby is covering when they play Washington, assuming he’s even healthy and available to suit up.
Although Darby’s tenure in Philly ended in disappointing fashion, it’s only fair to point out that he did help contribute to the Eagles’ Super Bowl success in 2017. Darby started 11 games that season. Who could forget his key ... “block” ... during Patrick Robinson’s pick-six against the Minnesota Vikings in the 2018 NFC Championship Game?
If Darby’s contract is truly worth $4 million, he should qualify towards the Eagles’ compensatory pick formula. Over The Cap currently projects Philadelphia to receive three comp picks in the 2021 NFL Draft: two sixths and one seventh.
Darby is the second former Eagles player to sign with Washington within the past week. Veteran tight end Richard Rodgers also recently inked a deal with DC.
List of Eagles 2020 free agents
CB Ronald Darby - Signs 1-year, $4 million contract with Washington
CB Jalen Mills - Re-signs 1-year, $5 million contract with the Eagles
LT Jason Peters
S Rodney McLeod - Re-signs 2-year, $12 million contract with the Eagles
WR Nelson Agholor - Signs 1-year, $1 million contract with the Las Vegas Raiders
DE Vinny Curry
RB Jordan Howard - Signs 2-year, $10 million contract with the Miami Dolphins
OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai - Signs 5-year, $50 million contract with the Detroit Lions
LB Kamu Grugier-Hill - Signs 1-year contract with the Miami Dolphins
QB Nate Sudfeld - Re-signs 1-year, $2 million contract with the Eagles
QB Josh McCown
DT Timmy Jernigan
TE Richard Rodgers - Signs 1-year contract with Washington
DT Hassan Ridgeway - Re-signs 1-year contract with the Eagles
RB Corey Clement
CB Craig James (ERFA)
P Cameron Johnston (ERFA) - Tendered