NFL rumors: Eagles expected to release Dorial Green-Beckham

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Dorial Green-Beckham
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Dorial Green-Beckham /

The Philadelphia Eagles are likely going to release wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, per Dave Zangaro of CSN Philly.

Once upon a time, it wasn’t hard to find a significant amount of Kansas City Chiefs fans who were interested in selecting former Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham in the 2015 NFL Draft. Green-Beckham, or DGB, certainly had his flaws or character concerns, but the prototypical size and speed and pass-catching ability had fans of many teams hoping their own franchise would take the risk and potentially enjoy the spoils of the next great wide receiver.

Unfortunately for DGB (and the Titans’ regime that selected him), things haven’t worked out well at all at the pro level for Green-Beckham. His short-lived Titans career gave way to a Philadelphia Eagles career that looks to be just as limited. Dave Zangaro thinks that Green-Beckham won’t even make it to the start of the regular season with the Eagles.

If Green-Beckham is released, it would mean he’s played with two teams in two seasons, not a good sign for other teams who would likely need to vet him carefully. That the Titans gave up so quickly on their second round selection tells you what you need to know about his work ethic. He finished his rookie year with 32 catches for 549 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, however he only caught 47% of the passes thrown his way.

The stat line looks even worse in his first, and maybe only, year in Philly. DGB had 36 catches (on 74 targets) for 392 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. The Eagles added Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffrey to a receiver mix that also includes Jordan Matthews and Nelson Algholor, so it’s possible there’s just not room for a receiver who doesn’t have the work ethic or drive to play special teams as well.

It would be interesting to see if the Chiefs would kick the tires on a prospect like DGB given his familiarity with the area and the pedigree here. It’s a likely pass for John Dorsey knowing that the reputation doesn’t match what the Chiefs might demand, but an interview might yield a change of heart in some ways. After all, Green-Beckham just turned 24-years-old. Maybe a release (again) might be the wake-up call needed to take things seriously.