The Philadelphia Eagles were urged recently to sign a veteran starter who played with the Green Bay Packers last season. The Eagles had an issue at punter last season and during the playoffs when Arryn Siposs sustained an injury. He struggled in the Eagles Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in February.
The Eagles released Siposs Tuesday before the 53-man deadline cuts were due. The Eagles worked out three punters, including veteran Pat O’Donnell Wednesday. O’Donnell, a long-time Bears special teamer signed by Green Bay in 2022, was a surprise cut by the Packers this week as they handed over punting duties to XFL standout Daniel Whelan.
The Green Bay Packers “trash” could be an NFC rival’s treasure
Isaiah Deanda Delgado with Sports Illustrated urged the Eagles to sign O’Donnell. Delgado wrote O’Donnell, who could be found in the Packers’ “trash”, would help the Eagles’ special teams this season:
Although O’Donnell has never made a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team in his career, he’s carved out a near decade-long career by being a quality starter. His 2,313 punting yards last season ranked No. 28 in the league, still more than Philly’s leading punter Siposs, who ranked No. 30 in the NFL regarding total punt yardage.
Despite his increased age, O’Donnell’s leg seems fresh as ever. Last season, over 46 percent of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, the highest percentage of his career.
If the Eagles really want to improve their team across the board this offseason, it won’t cost much. They can go dumpster diving through the Packers’ trash and sign O’Connell. A quality punter who could help contribute toward a Super Bowl win in February would certainly help heal the special teams wounds from a season ago.
Will the Philadelphia Eagles sign Pat O’Donnell?
I wouldn’t suggest O’Donnell is trash at all. He’d likely have been retained of the Packers weren’t going through a youth movement this year.
The Eagles are interested in the 32-year-old punter, as evidenced by his participation in the workout on Thursday. O’Donnell has not been signed by the Eagles as of this publishing, but that could change at any moment over the holiday weekend.
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