Eagles Officially Gain Roster Spot After Veteran Placed on Retired List

The Philadelphia Eagles have an additional roster spot after the surprise retirement of a veteran.
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Even though the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive struggles justifiably received all the attention last season, there were some holes on the offensive side of the ball as well. One of those was the WR3 spot.

AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith form one of the most formidable wide receiver duos in the league as both players caught over 1,000 yards in 2023. The receiver depth behind them, however, left plenty to be desired.

With that objective in mind, the Eagles made a number of additions to their receiver room. One of those was veteran DeVante Parker. Philadelphia had signed the 31-year-old to a one-year deal in free agency with the hopes of him competing for that WR3 role.

Instead, Parker announced his retirement from the NFL before he could even suit up for the Eagles. The former Dolphins star made his decision public earlier this week. Philadelphia officially placed him on the reserve/retired list, opening up a roster spot.

Eagles News: Philadelphia Officially Places DeVante Parker On Reserve/Retired List

How general manager Howie Roseman decides to use this roster spot remains to be seen. The Eagles have plenty of depth at wide receiver after the free agency signing of Parris Campbell and the draft selections of Ainias Smith and Johnny Wilson.

Finding a clear upgrade over these names at this stage of free agency will not be easy, so the Eagles might opt to use the roster spot on another position. However, Philadelphia currently has over $20 million in cap space according to Over The Cap, and can create more if they were to move on from James Bradberry. This means that we might see some transactions in the upcoming weeks.

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