Eagles Hand Steelers an Offseason Loss With Rookie Signing

The Eagles are reportedly signing former Ferris State cornerback Shon Stephens to the 90-man roster.
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After the 2024 NFL Draft wrapped up, all 32 teams across the NFL were working on signing undrafted free agents and inviting undrafted players and veteran free agents to their rookie minicamp.

The Philadelphia Eagles were one of those teams that didn’t have a lot of undrafted free-agent signings. However, the Eagles had a few intriguing rookie minicamp invites such as D2 star cornerback Shon Stephens from Ferris State.

The former Ferris State cornerback was reportedly invited to the Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie minicamps after the draft. The Steelers hoped Stephens would make it to the other part of the Keystone state as his uncle is Joey Porter Sr. and cousin is Joey Porter Jr.

Eagles Rumors: Philadelphia To Sign Former D2 Star Cornerback

However, that isn’t the case as Stephens will stay in the City of Brotherly Love. Jake Rabbidi of the Liberty Line reported Monday that the Eagles are signing the former D2 standout. Andrew DiCecco of Inside the Birds also confirmed the news of Stephens’ signing.

Stephens went undrafted but had an excellent 2023 season at Ferris State. The 5-foot-8 corner had 25 total tackles, eight interceptions, four pass breakups, and 1.5 tackles for loss. 

Stephens was named the 2023 GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year, first-team All-GLIAC, and 2023 second-team Division II All-American. The 5-foot-8 defensive back has a tall order to make the 53-man roster. 

However, the Eagles saw something at rookie minicamp this past week that they want to bring Stephens back for training camp and have him compete for a roster spot.

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