REPORT: Eagles And Cowboys Are “In Contention” To Sign Former Colts LB Shaq Leonard

It’s rare to see a potential game-changing defensive player hit the open market this late in season but veteran linebacker Shaquille Leonard is officially free to sign with any team he wants after clearing waivers.

Following his release from the Indianapolis Colts, The Athletic’s Dianna Russini reported that the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings are “in contention” to sign the former all-pro linebacker.

A three-time All-Pro, Leonard had been the face of the Colts defense since he was drafted with a second-round pick in 2018. In 70 career games, he has 614 total tackles, 32 tackles for losses, 31 passes defended, 12 interceptions, 17 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

When healthy, Leonard is still one of the best linebackers in the NFL. Signing with a contender like Philadelphia or Dallas would be a major move as the playoff race heats up.