5 Former Eagles Who Still Can't Find a Job in 2024 Free Agency

These former Eagles are struggling to find new teams despite two weeks of free agency having passed.

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Shaquille Leonard, LB

Similar to Zaccheaus, Shaquille Leonard came to Philadelphia with heightened expectations as a mid-season signing. However, he understandably failed to make the impact fans were hoping for as part of a collapsing defensive unit. He appeared in five games as an Eagle and registered 23 tackles and a sack.

The 28-year-old outside linebacker has had a star-crossed career. In the first four seasons of his career, he was one of the best defensive players in the league, making four straight All-Pro selections. Starting in 2022, injuries and misfortunes have continued to follow him everywhere, requiring him to have two back surgeries in a span of six months.

This sidetracked his career and Leonard is certainly not the defensive wrecking ball he used to be. But, if he is healthy, he should still be on an NFL roster.

He was reportedly contemplating retirement at various points over the last two seasons, so him not having a team right now might be more related to that than a lack of offers.

Julio Jones, WR

Another veteran who is likely on the verge of retirement is future Hall-of-Famer Julio Jones.

The 35-year-old wideout signed with the Eagles for the 2023 season as a veteran depth piece. He had his moments, most notably his two-touchdown game against the Cardinals in Week 17. But, for most of the season, he looked slower and less explosive.

And that is to be expected. There aren't too many wide receivers in the history of the NFL to maintain their effectiveness in their mid-30s. Any team who would bring in the seven-time Pro Bowler would do so more for his leadership and mentorship than his on-field production.

A return to the Atlanta Falcons would be a nice ending to an incredible career for Jones. Another option would be to go unsigned until the start of the season and sign with a contender who needs depth mid-season for a chance at a Super Bowl. Otherwise, a retirement announcement might be the likeliest scenario.