With free agency right around the corner, rumors have arisen of the Eagles trying to sign a couple of free agent Cowboys: wide receiver Amari Cooper and cornerback Byron Jones.
After a year that saw Carson Wentz with no help from his opening day arsenal and a secondary that was constantly torched on 3rd down, it makes sense that the Eagles would look into these two; they are, after all, two of the best players at their respective position.
History tells us that signing former Cowboys might not be such a good idea. Obviously just because these former Cowboys flopped in Philadelphia does not mean the next ones will, but it’s still fun to look at.
Here are 5 players who played for the Eagles after a stint with the Cowboys.
Chris Boniol was one of the best kickers in the league during his time with the Cowboys. In 1995, he had a spectacular 96.4% field goal conversion rate, the highest of his career. So naturally, when he became a free agent, the Eagles signed him to a 4-year deal. Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out as the Eagles had hoped for, at all. Boniol stunk it up with the Eagles for 2 years before being cut for his inconsistencies. His field goal percentage dropped from 87.1% to 69.2% and missed a total of 28 kicks in his time with the Eagles. The worst of it came in a 1997 matchup against the Cowboys on a Monday Night Game.
The Eagles were trailing 21-20 with 4 seconds left on the clock, as Boniol came on to seal the win on a 22-yard attempt. The snap, however, was botched by holder Tom Hutton, and Boniol stopped short before lifting his leg, leading to a heart-breaking Eagles loss.
Felix Jones had a track record of torching the Eagles in his time with the Cowboys. In 9 games (including the 2009 playoff game) against the Eagles, Jones had 595 total yards and 5 touchdowns, one of which was a kickoff return touchdown in 2008.
He was signed to the Eagles in 2013, only to be traded to the Steelers during the preseason, thus cutting off his tenure with Philadelphia before it even started.
What a painful memory of the past. Demarco Murray signed with the Eagles in 2015, following a record-setting year with the Cowboys. A year that consisted of 8 straight 100-yard games to open the season (NFL Record), 12 total 100-yard games (Cowboys franchise record), 1,845 rushing yards (Cowboys franchise record), and First Team All-Pro, Murray could not be retained by the Cowboys due to financial constraints. Instead, he was convinced by Sam Bradford, his former roommate, and teammate from his days as a Sooner, to sign with the Eagles. He signed a five-year $42 million dollar contract and joined Ryan Matthews and Darren Sproles in the backfield.
In line with the rest of the former Cowboys turned Eagles, Murray was another disappointment. He rushed for just 702 yards and 6 touchdowns, one of the worst outputs of his career. The man who signed him, Chip Kelly, was fired that season, leading to Murray’s departure in Philadelphia. He was traded to the Titans in exchange for a 4th round pick and later retired after 2 more seasons.
Another guy who was known for torching the Eagles, Miles Austin was also signed by Chip Kelly in 2015. Austin was once the NFL’s receiving yards leader in 2009 with the Cowboys, however, by the time he got to the Eagles, he was washed up.
Austin logged just 224 yards and a touchdown in 11 games with the Eagles. He had 0 catches in 5 games which leadup to him being cut by week 12.
And last but not least, the most infamous one of them all, Orlando Scandrick. Scandrick has never been a very good corner his entire career, but nevertheless, he was still brought in as depth for a lackluster Eagles cornerback squad. His tenure in Philadelphia started out well when he ripped the ball out of Luke Falk’s hands and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown in week 5 against the Jets. From there though, he became the city’s most hated enemy. Scandrick was cut after a brutal week 9 loss to the Cowboys, where two weeks in a row, the secondary had played terrible.
That week, Scandrick went on air with Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless to air his grievances with the Eagles. He called out Malcolm Jenkins for poor leadership and stated that the locker room was still under the impression of being Super Bowl champions, despite being 2 years removed of the trophy.
It lit a fire under the team, who despite facing immense adversity, won the division and went into the playoffs at 9-7.
Scandrick did end up giving credit to the Eagles for making the playoffs, but still had criticism for their playoff loss against Seattle.
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