Philadelphia Eagles News: Philly Waives Former Oregon Star Cliff Harris

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2012

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Cliff Harris #13 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after he returned a punt for a touchdown against the California Golden Bears  at California Memorial Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles have cut ties with undrafted free agent and former Oregon Ducks star cornerback Cliff Harris, according to the Eagles Insider Twitter feed.

#Eagles waive CB Cliff Harris. Four more moves must be made by Monday 4 PM

— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) August 26, 2012

After being dismissed from the Ducks program for a violation of team rules while already suspended, the All-American junior-to-be entered the draft instead of latching on with a smaller school and honing his craft.

Harris went undrafted in 2012 and was signed as a free agent by the Eagles on April 29, but he couldn’t distinguish himself against Philadelphia’s huge cornerback talent pool.

The former Oregon star finds himself a free agent once again.


What It Means

While Harris was fantastic in college, he has always played bigger than his 5’11” frame would lead a team to believe, but he just couldn’t crack into the top half of the Eagles' tough cornerback competition.

That’s not a knock on Harris, but more of a testament to the depth and skill of the players already on the Eagles' roster at the cornerback position.

With All-Stars like Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie—not to mention a plethora of previous draft picks and veterans—there is no shame for the young star in getting cut.

Harris will find a new home. It’s just a matter of where.


What’s Next?

With several teams across the NFL searching for depth at the cornerback position, Harris will not be a free agent for very long and should expect a heavy amount of calls about his status.

Teams like the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants need as much help as they can get at cornerback, so a guy with the upside of Harris will be a risk worth taking.

While the trouble he got into that cost him his college career will scare many teams, the All-American has the credentials to at least earn a tryout. If he proves he has matured, he will find a home before too long.


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