Rumor: Veteran CB nearly signed with Eagles before deciding to retire
The Eagles shored up the secondary by signing ex-Giants CB James Bradberry last month, but he wasn’t the first option.
Veteran cornerback Trae Waynes recently revealed that he nearly joined the Eagles this offseason before ultimately deciding to walk away from football.
Here’s what Waynes had to say during an appearance on the Geary & Stein Sports Show:
“I actually almost went to Philly, to go back with JG [Jonathan Gannon] and Ant [Anthony Harris] but at that point I was like, ‘I’m ready to be done.’ Could I easily keep playing several more years? Yes. But I got a family, I want to be around with my kids more.”
Waynes is a former first-round pick and developed into a productive corner opposite Xavier Rhodes during Gannon’s tenure in Minnesota. In his 2016 & 2017 seasons combined, Waynes recorded 155 tackles, 22 passes defended, and 5 interceptions.
After signing a three-year, $42M contract with Cincinnati, Waynes missed the entire 2020 season due to injuries and played in just five games last year. He was released by the team in March and appears to be content with his unofficial retirement.
”For me, I played. I lived the dream. I did it. I made enough money to where I can take care of my family. Being able to walk away on my own terms is always something I wanted to do.“
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