Roster Moves: Eagles and S Anthony Harris mutually agree to part ways
After initially signing with the Eagles practice squad following final cutdown day last week, veteran safety Anthony Harris is set to hit the open market.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team and their former starting safety have mutually agreed to part ways, which should allow Harris more flexibility to join another team this season.
Harris was one of the surprise additions to the Eagles practice squad last week. At 30 years old, the vet was the oldest and most experienced member of the practice unit.
After signing a one-year deal this offseason to remain in Philly, Harris was in line to start alongside Marcus Epps in the Eagles’ secondary. He ran with the first-team defense throughout training camp and got the start in the team’s preseason opener.
Once Howie Roseman snagged versatile defensive back CJ Gardner-Johnson in a trade with the Saints last week, Harris became expendable. The Eagles organization tends to do right by their players, so giving Harris an opportunity to find a starting role elsewhere may have been the plan all along.
Harris started 14 games for Philadelphia last season and totaled 835 defensive snaps. He led the Eagles secondary with 72 tackles on the season and held his own in coverage, holding opposing quarterbacks to a 51.1 completion percentage and 68.7 passer rating when targeted.
Harris finished the 2021 season with a Pro Football Focus defensive grade of 61.9, ranking him as the 53rd-best safety in the NFL.
Without Harris in the fold, the Eagles now have one open spot on their 15-man practice squad.
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