Watkins to the Dolphins? Agent denies deal

Watkins to the Dolphins? Agent denies deal

September 2, 2013, 10:30 pm
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The Eagles released former first-round pick Danny Watkins on Saturday in their final round of roster cuts. (USA Today Images)

Updated: 11:15 p.m.

Danny Watkins, an Eagles first-round pick in 2011 who was just waived before his third season, will reportedly try to revive his career in South Florida.

The offensive lineman has agreed to sign with the Dolphins, according to a report by CBS Sports that said Watkins had drawn interest from other teams.

But Joe Panos, Watkins' agent, has denied that report. "Not true," Panos told the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley. "I'm his agent. I think I would know."

Watkins, who was waived Saturday, cleared waivers Sunday, so Miami wouldn't absorb the remaining $2.45 million on his contract. Offset language built into his rookie contract means the Eagles must only pay the difference between any new contract and the nearly $1.1 million in guaranteed base salary they owed him in 2013.

After releasing him, general manager Howie Roseman said Watkins felt burdened by the demands that came with being a first-round pick and didn’t play with the same aggression and dominance he displayed in two seasons at Baylor (see story)
"The toughness we saw at Baylor never translated to Philadelphia," Roseman said. "That's what I was most confused by. We're starting new." 
The Eagles filled Watkins’ void by moving veteran Todd Herremans to right guard after two years at right tackle and then drafting offensive tackle Lane Johnson with the No. 4 overall pick to start on the right side. 
Watkins ran with the second string for most of camp and became expendable when newcomers Allen Barbre and Matt Tobin had strong camps.