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Ex-Vikings starter has contacted Eagles about reunion

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The Philadelphia Eagles were on the lookout for another cornerback for much of the offseason. They eventually signed James Bradberry to fill the gap with Darius Slay, but another accomplished veteran was in the mix.

Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes admitted he “almost went to Philly” during a recent interview on The Geary & Stein Sports Show. Waynes was released by the Cincinnati Bengals on March 21 and was debating whether to hold on elsewhere or call it a career.

It appears the 29-year-old is ready to retire after briefly flirting with the Eagles. Waynes was initially intrigued by the opportunity to reunite with his former defensive backs coach (Jonathan Gannon) and former teammate (Anthony Harris) in Minnesota.

“Actually, I almost went to Philly to come back with JG (Jonathan Gannon) and Ant (Anthony Harris), but at that point I was like, ‘I’m ready to be done,'” Waynes said. “Could I keep playing for a few more years without any problems? Yes. But I have a family, I want to be more with my kids.”

Waynes is riding into the sunset with 259 career tackles, plus seven interceptions and 43 pass breakups. Last year he made his only Super Bowl appearance with Cincinnati. The former Michigan State standout was the 11th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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The Eagles made strides by agreeing a one-year, $7.25 million deal with Bradberry (via Spotrac). The franchise is banking on the former Pro Bowler bouncing back from a declining year in 2021. Blame a slight regression on a very bad New York Giants team if they play in the wrong scheme. Bradberry is thrilled to be in Philly and taking on Slay in what should make an outstanding second.

“I like playing that defense,” Bradberry told reporters. “It offers a versatile look, a play zone and a man, and I think I do a lot of plays in both, so I like the scheme.”

But Bradberry was quick to curb the hype train about how good he and Slay can be. Yes, the potential is there, but potential can only take you so far. They need to get the reps and build chemistry this summer.

“Potential only gets you so far, so I don’t want to talk about potential,” Bradberry said. “I know we’re pretty good individually. The goal is to be great together.”

Slay was more forthcoming in his analysis of Philly’s new starting secondary school. The four-time Pro Bowler thinks he and Bradberry can be the best cornerback tandem to wear midnight green since Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown.

“You set the trend here. And we want to fill their shoes and step in.” Said Slay Sirius XM Radio. “Sky is the limit for me and Bradberry, man. I’m happy to help him. He is anxious to help me. We both complement each other and are really trying to make something great out of it.”

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