The Eagles re-signed cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc on Monday morning, less than 24 hours after he was released.
Here's the deal.
The Eagles claimed running back Jason Huntley off waivers from the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The Eagles needed to open a roster spot.
Since he is a vested veteran, LeBlanc was not subject to waivers and could sign with another team immediately.
The Eagles knew that they were going to place players on Injured Reserve, but to be eligible for short-term Injured Reserve (can return after missing three games) that player had to be placed on IR after 4 PM (or their season would have been done). The Eagles did just that, placing safety Will Parks and wide receiver Quez Watkins on Injured Reserve late Sunday afternoon. That opened up two roster spots, one for LeBlanc. The Eagles also have an open spot on the practice squad.
If the Eagles waived a non-vested player, that player would have been subject to waivers.
LeBlanc is the team's backup nickel cornerback behind Nickell Robey-Coleman exiting Training Camp. The Eagles currently have five cornerbacks on the roster – LeBlanc, Craig James, Avonte Maddox, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Darius Slay.
Acquired off waivers from Detroit, LeBlanc has been a valuable reserve playing in 12 games (five starts) over the past two seasons. He's also appeared in three playoff games (two starts) for the Eagles registering five pass deflections and an interception.
Nicknamed Strap, the 5-10, 190-pound LeBlanc was a rookie free agent signing of the Patriots in 2016 out of Florida Atlantic. He spent two seasons in Chicago starting 10 games and a half-season with the Lions before arriving in Philadelphia.