Earl Wolff Reportedly Kidnapped by Gunmen, Released Unharmed

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2016

Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Earl Wolff (28) throws the ball during practice at NFL football training camp, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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Former Philadelphia Eagles and current Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad safety Earl Wolff was reportedly kidnapped by a group of men south of Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Feb. 23 before he was released unharmed, according to the Fayetteville Observer's Thomas Pope

"We don't know how long he was kidnapped," Fayetteville police spokesman Antoine Kincade said, per Pope. "But it was a short period of time." 

Since Wolff was released, Jaguars senior manager of public relations Tad Dickman has tweeted the safety is "doing well, mentally and physically."

According to Pope, Bobby Deshawn Bailey has been arrested in connection with Wolff's kidnapping and is being held on $156,000 bail after he was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy, larceny, possession of marijuana and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. 

"We are still following up on any leads that potential witnesses can give us," Kincade added, per Pope. 

Wolff appeared in 18 games—and started seven—over the course of two seasons with the Eagles. During that span, the NC State product racked up 51 total tackles, one interception and six defended passes. 

However, his 2014 season was cut short following a knee injury, and another knee ailment that cropped up during training camp last summer forced the Eagles to cut him before the 53-man roster was set.