The 2017 season was an unforgettable one for the Eagles.
The 2017 draft was not.
We learned earlier Saturday that the Eagles had cut ties with 2nd-round pick Sidney Jones and now comes word that they’re also planning to release 3rd-round pick Rasul Douglas, the other cornerback they took in that draft.
The news was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Douglas was in and out of the starting lineup over the last few years, generally in place of injured corners. His five INTs were the most by any Eagle player over the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
The moves leave the Eagles with only one of their first six picks from the 2017 draft and just two overall.
Edge rusher Derek Barnett, who is currently injured, has underachieved since the Eagles made him the 14th pick overall in that 2017 draft. The only other remaining draft pick from three years ago is linebacker Nate Gerry, projected as a full-time starter this year.
The 2017 draft was the first the Eagles took two corners in the first three rounds since the 2002 draft produced Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown.
It didn’t go quite as well this time.
Jones made just eight starts as an Eagle and had two interceptions in 22 games. Douglas was a little better, starting 18 games, playing in 46. But although he was a physical player and strong tackler, he never showed enough consistency in coverage to remain in the lineup.
The moves leave the Eagles with five corners on the roster: Avonte Maddox, Cre’Von LeBlanc and Craig James are back from last year and Darius Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman signed as free agents.
The last five corners the Eagles have drafted in the third round - Derrick Frazier in 1993, Allen Rossum in 1998, Matt Ware in 2004, Curtis Marsh in 2011 and Douglas in 2017 - started a combined 39 games in an Eagles uniform.
The 2017 draft also brought the Eagles Mack Hollins and Donnel Pumphrey in the 4th round, Shelton Gibson in the 5th round and Elijah Qualls in the 6th round.
With Jones and Douglas gone, the only players on the roster who’ve ever had an interception in an Eagles uniform are safeties Rodney McLeod (8) and Jalen Mills (4), Gerry (3) and Maddox (2).
The moves also mean the Eagles have just 18 players remaining of the 65 who were on the active roster at some point during the 2017 Super Bowl season.