OK, everyone can relax now. Cre’Von LeBlanc is back.
The Eagles re-signed the 26-year-old cornerback on Monday morning, 17 hours and 35 minutes after they released him and sent Eagles fans into a tailspin. LeBlanc hasn’t been with the Eagles long, but he’s clearly a fan favorite.
Sure there was some risk of another team swooping in, but this was clearly the Eagles plan the whole time. It was mostly procedural.
After claiming Lions running back Jason Huntley off waivers on Sunday, the Eagles needed to find a roster spot for him. And although they planned on putting Will Parks and Quez Watkins on IR, they had to find the spot before they did that.
So instead of cutting a player who would be subject to waivers, they released LeBlanc, who became a free agent immediately as a vested veteran. That allowed them to re-sign him this morning without having to wait and hope he clears waivers.
With LeBlanc back on the team, the Eagles have five cornerbacks again, which is still a little light. They also have veteran Trevor Williams on the practice squad.
LeBlanc joined the Eagles during the 2018 season, when they claimed him off waivers from the Lions. Last year, LeBlanc was limited with a foot injury and played in just four games. He has played in 12 games and started five for the Eagles since his arrival. He doesn’t have any interceptions in the regular season with the Eagles but LeBlanc did pick off a pass in that playoff game against the Saints in 2018.
Going into this year, LeBlanc is a backup nickel corner behind free agent pickup Nickell Robey-Coleman.
The Eagles now have one spot open on the 53-man roster. They can perhaps use that spot on veteran offensive tackle Cordy Glenn if that tryout goes well. Or they could bring up someone from the practice squad.
There’s also a new rule this season that allows teams to activate two members of their practice squad to create a 55-man roster heading into game day. It gives those players safe passage to and from the practice squad.