It's looking like a busy day for the Philadelphia Eagles. After announcing a trade for Darren Sproles earlier on Thursday morning, it's now being reported that the Eagles have signed former Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll. The deal is said to be 2 years at $3.65 million with only $750,000 guaranteed.
It was reported earlier in the week that Carroll was drawing interest from the Eagles. Here's what I wrote at the time:
It's curious to see that the Eagles have interest in adding another starting caliber cornerback. Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher were brought in just last offseason to be the starters on the outside. While neither performed spectacularly, both were effective starters. Good enough to "get the job done", at least. One problem is that the Williams and Fletcher hardly figure to be long-term options at the position. The Eagles could stand to add more depth in this area.
Carroll, 27, has the size and length the Eagles like in their cornerbacks. He measures in at about 5-11.5, 205 lbs. It appears Carroll was brought in to compete with Fletcher and/or Williams for a starting job. At the worst, he provides some much needed depth in the Eagles secondary. He can also contribute on special teams. I'm sure Eagles' ST coordinator Dave Fipp, who was formerly an assistant in Miami, is familiar with Carroll.
In his four-year career with the Dolphins, Carroll has appeared in 58 games and started 26. 22 of those 26 starts came over the past two seasons. In 2013, Carroll finished with 2 sacks, 3 interceptions, 12 passes defensed, and 43 tackles.