Trey Sermon, Running Back
Let’s start things off with what might be the easiest pick. The Eagles claimed Trey Sermon off of waivers last year when the running back room was very thin. It was a modest 3-year contract without a ton of guaranteed money, and it was structured in such a way that we already won’t incur any dead cap penalties if Sermon is released.
Sermon was active in only two games last season, and he had just 2 carries. He had more inactive games (18: 15 regular season, 3 playoffs) than he had total snaps played (12: 8 offensive, 4 special teams).
If he couldn’t even make the active roster last year, his chances are slimmer this year. Miles Sanders may be gone, but replacing him with D’Andre Swift and Rashaad Penny mean Sermon’s upside is to be the RB5 (behind those two, Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell).
An RB5 who doesn’t even play special teams is an absolute waste of a roster spot, and even more so when he’s getting paid over $1 million.
Sermon probably didn’t play enough to earn himself a ton of fans in Philly, but any he did can expect to be disappointed with a release.