The NFL — much like life — often comes down to timing, and the timing of Anthony Walker Jr.’s injury couldn’t be better for the Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland lost its middle linebacker and team captain to an unfortunate hamstring strain last weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The first bit of good news is that it doesn’t appear Walker is headed to the injured reserve list (IR). The second piece of good fortune is that one of the league’s best players at the position over the last several years just inexplicably became available on the free agent market.
In an unexpected move, the Indianapolis Colts released three-time first-team All-Pro and 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year Darius Shaquille Leonard on Tuesday, November 21. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Leonard cleared waivers on Wednesday and is now free to sign with whichever team he chooses.
Colts’ three-time All-Pro LB Darius Shaquille Leonard cleared waivers today, per source. He is now a free agent,” Schefter posted to X. “Teams expected to have some level of interest include the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
Both the Eagles and Cowboys have impressive defenses and Super Bowl aspirations along with a potential need at linebacker. The Browns share all three of those characteristics following Walker’s injury, which renders Cleveland a reasonable candidate for Leonard’s services as well, particularly because he should come cheaper than normal considering the circumstances of his departure from Indy.