The Eagles selected guard Danny Watkins out of Baylor with the 23rd overall pick in 2011, passing up on a number of offensive linemen including guard Will Rackley. The Eagles have been criticized recently for passing up on playmakers such as 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Packers WR Randall Cobb.
Watkins, who was 26 when he was drafted, was cut by the Eagles on Saturday even though he is guaranteed $1.1 million this year. Joe Philbin and the Miami Dolphins took some pressure off of Howie Roseman as the NFL's Ian Rapoport reports that the Dolphins have signed Watkins to a one-year deal. The money he receives in Miami will reduce how much he is owed by the Eagles thanks to offset language.
The trials of Watkins during his tumultuous two years in Philadelphia were no secret. He did not seem to fit former offensive line coach Howard Mudd's scheme. The 28 year old often seemed overwhelmed by the pressures of being a first-round pick. When he was overwhelmed he often retreated to the one place that he felt comfortable - not the football field but rather - the firehouse. He was a regular at Philadelphia firehouses but he was unfortunately not a regular in the right spot on the field.
Watkins gets added to the list of first-round busts in Eagles history.
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