NFL teams make some of the worst decisions when it comes to properly evaluating and/or adding top named free agent talent to the roster. When it works, it can change your organization’s path to success, all while leading to multiple playoffs or Super Bowl races.
When it doesn’t work, it can be disastrous with costly consequences from the CEO down to the staff.
We compiled a list of the ten worst free agent rookies in Eagles team history and almost added Eric Wilson (2021) to the list before placing him on the honorable mention list.
Two years after making the Pro Bowl with the Titans, Young made his ill-fated “Dream Team” declaration during Eagles training camp in Lehigh in the summer of 2011. With the Eagles, Young threw for four touchdowns to nine interceptions in three starts, and a 60.8 passer rating that was 43rd best in the NFL. Young was the first Eagles quarterback to throw fewer than 150 passes and nine or more interceptions since King Hill in 1965.
The monster was reduced to a mere mortal with the Eagles.
Kearse, who averaged 11½ sacks in his four full seasons with the Titans, averaged 5½ in four years with the Eagles after signing an eight-year, $65 million contract with $16 million guaranteed that made him the highest paid defensive lineman in NFL history.
Nowhere near the monster who played in Carolina and Baltimore, this Steve Smith came to the Eagles after catching 107 assists in a Pro Bowl season for the Giants. In Philadelphia, Smith had 11 catches for 124 yards, making him the only player in NFL history to catch 107 or more passes one year and fewer than 15 the next two seasons.
The Eagles signed Harris after recording 17 sacks the previous year with the 49ers and 19½ sacks in a season a few years earlier with the Packers. The idea was that he could potentially replace Reggie White.
After contracting an arm infection during the preseason, Harris played just three games in 1993, making no sacks and six tackles.
In a move that can only be seen as a forgery, the Eagles signed Wallac before the 1996 season, but he was later released in the preseason and the 49ers re-signed him, while he was ended up helping the 49ers beat the Eagles in January. – card game.
The older brother of Shawn Andrews, the Eagles signed Stacy to a six-year, $38 million deal that never came to fruition as he only started two games while the Eagles also let Brian Dawkins take his talent in Denver.
The 2011 “Dream Team” headlined this signing.
That never materialized for the guy widely regarded as the best cornerback in the NFL when the Eagles signed the former Oakland Raiders cornerback to a five-year, $60 million deal. A three-time All-Pro in Oakland, Nnamdi was a shell of himself in Philadelphia and was quickly kicked out of town after just two abysmal seasons.
A signing similar to Asomugha’s deal, Maxwell turned his reputation as a top-flight cornerback on Seattle’s Legion Boom defense into a lucrative, six-year, $63 million deal. Maxwell looked overwhelmed in his first practice and was traded to the Dolphins the following season.
After the Cowboys knocked him to the ground, Dallas let Murray walk and with a chip on his shoulder, Murray agreed to an ill-fitting, five-year, $40 million deal with the Eagles and Chip Kelly after trading LeSean McCoy in Buffalo. Murray averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in 2015, the lowest rush average by an Eagles running back with at least 175 carries since Keith Byars in 1986.
The Eagles signed Bell to a five-year, $35 million deal to replace then-injured left tackle Jason Peters in 2012, and it was a disaster. Bell lost his job to King Dunlap after five starts and was out of the league.