Philadelphia Eagles claim former Washington Redskins linebacker Steven Daniels off waivers
The Washington Redskins waived Steven Daniels on Tuesday. It did not take long before he was claimed on waivers by the divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Washington Redskins made a few roster moves. They ended up waiving four players to make room for some of their rookie players, and one of them was a former seventh round draft pick. Steven Daniels was selected in that frame by former Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan. The Boston College linebacker had some upside, but he did not fit on the roster long term.
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With the Redskins adding Zach Brown in free agency, the team had little need for the young linebacker. The team also added hybrid player Josh Harvey-Clemons during the draft, and he could end up seeing some time as a backup. That made Daniels expendable, and that is precisely while he was waived on Tuesday.
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However, there was always going to be some interest in Daniels. He had spent the entirety of his rookie season on the injured reserve, but he had upside after being a late round pick. The Philadelphia Eagles ended up claiming him off waivers, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. They had a need at the linebacker division, and taking a player from a division rival is never a bad move.
For the Eagles, Daniels has the potential to be the No. 5 linebacker on the team. Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, and Mychal Kendricks appear to be entrenched as the starters right now. However, the Eagles have virtually nothing behind them. Najee Goode is a decent player, but every other position is up for grabs. If Daniels can stay healthy, he could end up being a depth player for the team. He can play special teams as well, so he has a good deal of value.
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Overall, this is a high upside move by the Eagles. Daniels offers a lot and was one of the better players that could have come off waivers at this point in the season, and considering how young he is, it is basically adding another draft pick into the fold. For the Redskins, losing Daniels is not a big deal. Still, they have to be disheartened to see him land with a divisional rival. If he turns into an impact player, they will have to face him twice per year.