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Eagles lose Prince Tega Wanogho to the Chiefs

Welp.

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When the Philadelphia Eagles announced their initial round of futures contract signings after the 2020 season, we noted how rookie offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho’s name was conspicuously absence.

As it turns out, the Eagles’ 2020 sixth-round pick is officially signing to the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad.

While it’s hard to say this qualifies as a certain major loss, it’s still a disappointing development for the Birds. PTW was considered a “steal” where the Eagles drafted him. He boasts intriguing developmental potential and I thought he showed some encouraging signs in training camp last year.

The Eagles likely wanted PTW back, for the record. Signing him to a futures contract would’ve been a no-risk deal. It’s standard practice (nearly formality, even) for teams to sign their end-of-year practice squad players to such contracts.

The guess here is that PTW didn’t want to re-up with the Eagles. He probably figured he didn’t have much of an opportunity in Philly moving forward behind the likes of Jordan Mailata, Andre Dillard, Lane Johnson, Jack Driscoll, Brett Toth, and Matt Pryor on the depth chart.

Had the Eagles re-signed PTW, there was no guarantee he would’ve made the 2021 roster. Still a bummer they lost him.

PTW is now the second player from Philly’s 2020 NFL Draft class no longer under their control. The Eagles nonsensically lost Casey Toohill during the season.