Eagles Vet's Release Ramps Up Shaquille Leonard Speculation

Philadelphia Eagles' release of a veteran on Tuesday has increased the speculation of a Shaquille Leonard signing.

Shaquille Leonard smiles while handing out Thanksgiving meals Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, at Chapel Rock
Shaquille Leonard smiles while handing out Thanksgiving meals Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, at Chapel Rock / Jenna Watson/IndyStar / USA TODAY
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Philadelphia Eagles fans are buzzing Tuesday afternoon as the Shaquille Leonard sweepstakes plays out in real time. While Leonard had a visit with the Dallas Cowboys during the day, it turns out Jerry Jones let the veteran walk away without a deal, opening up the opportunity for Philly to meet with him in the coming days.

That was already enough to build some hype, but the team provided even more reason to get excited after the news of the Cowboys' fail.

The Eagles announced Tuesday afternoon they've released cornerback Josiah Scott. He appeared in four games for the team this season, but saw his role reduced in Week 11 before being inactive in Week 12.

Losing Scott isn't the notable part of this move, however. It's the fact this opens up a spot on Philly's 53-man roster. Of course, fans have now been sent into a frenzy, with many commenters thinking this is to make room to sign Leonard.

We have no idea right now if Philadelphia will even elect to sign Leonard. After all, he has a lengthy injury history that could scare a coaching staff off. The Cowboys also had the chance to keep Leonard to themselves but elected to pass, which raises some questions.

However, Dallas has been wrong about players plenty of times before. Plus, the Eagles offer a much better landing spot for the former All-Pro considering the incredible playmakers they'd be able to surround him with.

Releasing Scott by no means guarantees a Leonard signing, but it does make bringing the veteran in much easier with an open roster spot.