Eagles All-Disappointment team from the last decade
Don’t get it confused. This is not the Eagles’ All-Decade team. Roob already took care of that one. This is a team full of disappointing players.
Being bad alone doesn’t get you on this list. This team is reserved for Eagles in the last decade who had expectations and didn’t live up to them.
Some of the positions were easy to figure out. Some were hard because there really weren’t many disappointing players. Some were hard because there were too many.
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QB: Sam Bradford
Once Chip Kelly got into power, he pulled off a blockbuster trade that sent Nick Foles to St. Louis and brought Bradford to Philadelphia. The former No. 1 overall pick was great at making money in the NFL, but never lived up to that draft status. In 14 games as the Eagles’ starter, Sleeves went 7-7 with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also threw for 3,725 yards. He really wasn’t bad, but the Eagles weren’t going to get over the hump with him. In a way, credit Bradford. If he was better in 2015, the domino effect might not have happened with Kelly getting fired and Carson Wentz getting drafted.
RB: DeMarco Murray
Another one of Kelly's big moves in 2015 was to bring in DeMarco Murray, who was coming off winning Offensive Player of the Year with the Cowboys in 2014. Murray in 2014 rushed for over 1,800 yards with 13 touchdowns and signed a five-year, $42 million deal with the Eagles. He lasted just one season. In 15 games with the Eagles, Murray rushed for 702 yards and was traded before the next season to Tennessee, where he became a Pro Bowler again. It certainly seemed like Murray never wanted to be here.
TE: James Casey
Casey was a phenomenal athlete but that athleticism never really translated into the type of career some hoped he’d have. He signed a modest three-year deal with the Eagles in 2013 and lasted just two seasons. He caught six passes in those two years after he caught 34 with the Texans in 2012.
WR: Josh Huff
The 2014 third-round pick definitely seemed to have some promise. After an eight-catch rookie season, he had 27 catches in 2015. But in 2016, he lasted just seven games with the Eagles before he was arrested going across the Walt Whitman Bridge with a gun and marijuana. He was released a few days later. Huff spent three games with the Buccaneers after that in 2016 but hasn’t played in an NFL game since.
WR: Dorial Green-Beckham
He was big, he was fast and he couldn’t play a lick. Most people thought the Eagles fleeced the Titans when they traded backup offensive lineman Dennis Kelly for DGB in 2016, but Kelly got another contract and Green-Beckham has been out of the league since the Eagles cut him the following offseason. There’s a reason the Titans were ready to give up on a second-round pick a year after drafting him. DGB caught 36 passes for 392 yards and two touchdowns with the Eagles in 2016.
WR: Steve Smith
The other Steve Smith was on the Dream Team in 2011 and was never the same after microfracture surgery. Just two years earlier, Smith caught 107 passes for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns. But with the Eagles, he played in nine games with 11 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown. His season ended on IR. He played one more season with the Rams, but then his career was over.
LT: Demetress Bell
When Jason Peters missed the 2012 season right with a torn Achilles right in the middle of his nine Pro Bowls, the Eagles had a backup plan. They signed Bell, who played his previous three seasons with the Bills. Bell signed a five-year contract with the Eagles, but he lasted just nine games (five starts). He never played in an NFL game after the 2012 season.
LG: Chance Warmack
In the Super Bowl season, after the Eagles benched Isaac Seumalo, they didn’t go to Stefen Wisniewski first. They tried Chance Warmack. He started three games that year. The former No. 10 overall pick was being reunited with his college coach Jeff Stoutland in Philly and if anyone could get something out of Warmack, it was Stoutland, right? Well, that didn’t work. Warmack was with the Eagles in 2018 too as a backup and has been out of the league in 2019.
C: Mike McGlynn
This was a tough position to figure out because Jason Kelce has owned that spot since 2011. But at the beginning of the decade, McGlynn was the starter in 2010. A fourth-round pick from 2008, McGlynn lost the job to Kelce, a sixth-round pick, in 2011. McGlynn actually played five more seasons in the NFL after 2010.
RT: Winston Justice
This was another tough one. Lane Johnson has been the right tackle since 2013 and the couple years before that, the spot was occupied by Todd Herremans. So we have to go back all the way to the early part of the decade. Justice wasn’t as bad as we all remember him in that Osi Umenyiora game, but he didn’t live up to his second-round draft status.
DE: Marcus Smith
When the Eagles took Smith in the first round back in 2014, many folks thought it was a reach. They were right. Smith lasted three seasons with the Eagles. He played in 37 games, never started one and had just 4.0 sacks. Smith played for the Seahawks in 2017, the Redskins in 2018, but hasn’t played in 2019.
DT: Cullen Jenkins
Another Dream Teamer, Jenkins won a Super Bowl with the Packers and he was supposed to provide some veteran leadership for the 2011 team. He initially signed a five-year deal but made it through just two years.
DT: Haloti Ngata
By the time Ngata got to Philly in 2018, he was no longer the former All-Pro version of himself. It would have been unfair to expect that. In 2018, he played 13 games for the Eagles with nine starts, taking a bigger role than was probably fair. He retired after the season. He had a great career, but he just wasn’t anywhere near the guy he once was.
DE: Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
The Eagles took Te’o-Nesheim in the third round back in 2010 and he lasted just one year with the Eagles. He played in six games with one start and had one sack. He then played 33 games (26 starts) with the Bucs, last playing in the NFL in 2013. Te’o-Nesheim, who died tragically in 2017 at the age of 30, was posthumously diagnosed with CTE.
LB: Casey Matthews
Guess which Eagles linebacker played the second-most games in the decade? Yup, it was Matthews, a fourth-round pick out of Oregon in 2011. Matthews’ NFL lineage didn’t do him any favors when he got to Philly. There were probably some unfair expectation for Matthews and he fell well short of them. His only four NFL seasons came with the Eagles.
LB: Ernie Sims
With the Lions, Sims was a tackling machine. He had over 100 tackles in each of his first three seasons in Detroit. After four years with the Lions, Sims was traded to the Eagles in 2010. He had 68 tackles in his one season with the Eagles but moved on after the year. He played two more NFL seasons, one with the Colts and two with the Cowboys.
LB: Kiko Alonso
The Eagles traded away the best running back in franchise history to get the young and talented linebacker from the Bills. Well, Alonso played just one injury-plagued season with the Eagles in 2015. He played 11 games and started one as a part of a rotation and never found his rookie form from 2013. To make matters worse, he played at a pretty high level the next three years with the Dolphins.
CB: Nnamdi Asomugha
Asomugha is the poster child for disappointment in the decade. Coming off the lockout, the Eagles inked who they thought was the best cover corner in the NFL to a five-year deal. It didn’t go well. Asomugha was coming off three straight Pro Bowl seasons, but he wasn’t very good with the Eagles. He lasted two years here and is the lasting image of the Dream Team.
CB: Byron Maxwell
It’s a little telling that it was hard to pick just two cornerbacks for this team. But the other obvious one was Maxwell, who signed a six-year, $63 million deal to join the Eagles in 2015. He was regarded as one of the worst starting cornerbacks in the league that season and the Eagles dumped him and Alonso in a trade to move up from 13 to 8 in the 2016 draft.
S: Jaiquawn Jarrett
The Eagles took Jarrett out of Temple in the second round of the 2011 draft. Jarrett had a hard-hitting style and many people thought there was some Brian Dawkins in him. There was not. Jarrett played just one full season with the Eagles and was released the following September. He found a moderate level of success with the Jets after that, but his career never went to plan.
S: Patrick Chung
In between his decade-long career with the Patriots, Chung played one season with the Eagles in 2013. In his one season in Philly, Chung was hurt and wasn’t very good when he was healthy. This is another frustrating case because Chung went back to New England and has been a solid starter for them ever since. He’s a three-time Super Bowl champion.