Philadelphia Eagles: Anthony Harris and team mutually agree to part ways

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After signing with the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad nearly one week ago, safety Anthony Harris and the team have mutually agreed to part ways, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Harris was one of the surprise cuts at the deadline for the team to reach their initial 53. A surprise, at least until it was announced that the Eagles had acquired star defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson from the New Orleans Saints.

According to Schefter, the decision stems from the veteran safety’s desire to join a team’s active roster. Now no longer tied to Philadelphia’s practice squad, Harris will have more flexibility and thus more opportunity when looking for a new team.

Anthony Harris and the Philadelphia Eagles are officially parting ways.

In his lone season in Philadelphia, Anthony Harris disappointed considering the expectation many had placed on him. A strong argument can be made that those lofty expectations were simply unfair and based on a single anomalous season that saw Harris snag six interceptions back in 2019 with the Minnesota Vikings.

Compared to that season, of course, Harris disappointed; how could he not? When looking at his 2021 season in a vacuum, however — as it should be viewed — Harris had an overall solid, if not successful, season with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Harris tallied 74 tackles in 14 games in 2021 with a missed tackle percentage of just 2.7%, but the real star stat of his game was the passer rating he allowed. Anthony Harris allowed a passer rating of just 68.7, which placed him around the top ten among all safeties in the NFL.

No, Harris was not overall one of the top 10 safeties in the league last season, but he proved that he is still a valuable, starting-caliber player who can contribute for a competitive team.

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While his time with the Philadelphia Eagles may be over, it likely won’t be long before Anthony Harris finds himself a new home in the NFL.