The Philadelphia Eagles made a statement with their Week 11 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, improving their record to an NFL-best 9-1. After falling short in the Super Bowl last year, the Eagles look poised to go all the way this year.
They still have a ways to go, however, and it's too early to take their foot off the gas. It's imperative that they finish the season strong and get the No. 1 seed to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Fortunately for Philadelphia, a big-name veteran just became available that could provide a boost down the stretch.
The Indianapolis Colts waived star linebacker Shaq Leonard on Tuesday, making him available to any team that's willing to take on his salary.
While Leonard is still owed a good deal of money over the next few years, his price tag for the rest of 2023 is only $6.1 million. That's a small price to pay if he ends up helping you win a Super Bowl, and then you can worry about the rest of his contract later.
The last two years have been tough for Leonard, who's only appeared in 12 games due to injuries and has seen his playing time decrease. He's only a couple of seasons removed from being one of the best defenders in the NFL, however. The 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year has four All-Pro selections and three Pro Bowl nods on his resume, which isn't something you can just ignore.
At 28 years old, Leonard should still have some juice in the tank. Maybe he just needs a change of scenery after spending the first six years of his career in Indianapolis. Joining a Super Bowl contender like the Eagles could also help rejuvenate his career by giving him motivation to win his first championship.
A player as talented as Leonard is worth the risk, especially since he has the potential to put us over the top.
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