The Eagles were willing to parlay an asset they weren’t sure they wanted for a cornerback prospect.
They were not willing to endure an immediate embarrassment.
The Eagles acquired the former third-round pick from the Panthers in exchange for wide receiver Torrey Smith. They might have released Smith (though a restructure was possible) and the two years and $10 million he has left on his deal seems like a bargain for Carolina in light of the free agent market.
The Eagles were interested in any affordable cornerback options, but a local kid who found trouble before his career started there was something they didn’t want to waste time on, apparently.