Eagles release 1st-round bust Danny Watkins

Eagles release 1st-round bust Danny Watkins
August 31, 2013, 1:45 pm
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The Eagles selected Danny Watkins with the 23rd pick in the 2011 NFL draft. (AP)

First-round bust Danny Watkins, to the surprise of nobody, was released by the Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

Watkins, benched midway through last year, was the 23rd pick in the 2011 draft but played in only 23 games as an Eagle, starting 18, all at right guard.

He’s the first Eagles' first-round pick released after just two years since Jon Harris, an equally bewildering first-round pick back in 1997.

It was hoped that the switch from Howard Mudd to Jeff Stoutland might help revive Watkins’ career, but Watkins was never able to make any sort of push for a roster spot in his third NFL training camp.

Watkins started 12 games as a rookie in 2011 but only six last year, finishing the season buried on the bench behind unheralded Dennis Kelly and then midseason street pickup Jake Scott.

Nobody has ever questioned Watkins’ size and strength, but he never seemed to embrace the game of football, which he didn’t play until he was 22 years old.

Watkins is due $1,096,450 in base salary this year, and that base salary is guaranteed, so the Eagles will have to pay Watkins $64,497 per week. His $1,357,175 base salary in 2014 is not guaranteed.