As we enter year two of the Chip Kelly era, the unbearable final two seasons of the Andy Reid era (2011 and 2012) feel so long ago. Yet, it was only around a year ago that the team parted ways with the 2011 first-round draft pick, who will go down as the worst draft pick in the Reid era, which was littered with Jerome McDougle’s and Brandon Graham’s.
But Watkins, who was 26 when the team drafted him, never showed any signs of being a capable NFL player, and after just three NFL seasons, it appears Watkins has walked away from the sport entirely.
Almost a year ago, #Eagles cut ex-1st round OL Danny Watkins. Now, he’s done with football, working as a firefighter in Dallas & very happy
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 26, 2014
Good for him, I guess. He got to steal money from two different NFL organizations over the course of three years, which many people would love to do, and now he gets to go serve a local community as a firefighter. That part is cool, and I’m sure Watkins is a great guy, but I’ll always maintain a certain level of disdain towards him. HE WAS TAKEN BEFORE COLIN KAEPERNICK, ANDY DALTON, DEMARCO MURRAY, TORREY SMITH AND KYLE RUDOLPH, among others.
Anyways, I got some sort of level of closure with Watkins last year, when this screenshot of a Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin text conversation (H/T Crossing Broad), showed the two talking about how bad Watkins was.
So after three years, the Danny Watkins NFL era is over. I guess that sets the bar low for Marcus Smith, huh?