3 Ex-Eagles Still Without a Job After Carson Wentz Signing

These former Philadelphia Eagles are still looking for their next NFL contracts. It's looking bleak for a few of them.

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OL

Another offensive lineman who is still an unrestricted free agent with ties to Philadelphia is the former fifth-round pick Halapoulivaati Vaitai.

Vaitai, who played both right and left tackle for the Eagles after being drafted in 2016 was a consistently solid offensive lineman for Philadelphia for four years despite losing his starting job in the last two seasons of his tenure. He still managed to land a lucrative, five-year deal with the Lions but was never able to replicate the same level of performance in Detroit.

He missed the entire 2022 season, got his contract restructured and took a pay cut last offseason. He was unfortunately unable to stay healthy last season either, only appearing in six games. In these games, he was still effective, only allowing one sack and receiving a 68.3 grade from PFF.

If Vaitai is healthy and wants to continue playing, he can probably find a team to take one-year flyer on him. At age 31, he has the experience and skill level to be a depth piece on a contender but whether he wants to do it is another question.

Rashaad Penny, RB

This is one of the most baffling situations in the league. When Rashaad Penny arrived in Philadelphia last offseason, the fanbase was incredibly excited to have a talented rusher who could show more than he did in Seattle. In limited opportunities with the Seahawks, Penny had shown impressive burst and change of speed. He averaged over 6 yards per rushing attempt in back-to-back seasons.

Things, however, didn't pan out the way Eagles fans were hoping for. Penny was inexplicably glued to the bench all season, only playing in three games and 31 offensive snaps. The coaching staff didn't even look his way when the Eagles were desperately looking for answers late in the season.

Therefore, it's understandable that teams around the league would be hesitant to sign him. He only played in 21 games over the last four seasons, after all.

At age 28, the clock is ticking for Penny but it's not like he has a lot of mileage on his legs. He probably deserves another chance as a depth option but it would likely be after the draft or in the training camp.

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