The Philadelphia Eagles have added another former member of the Seattle Seahawks to their secondary. According to a report from ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, the Eagles have signed free agent cornerback Walter Thurmond to a one-year contract.
Thurmond attended college at, you guessed it, Oregon. He's now the 10th former Ducks player on Chip Kelly's roster.
Thurmond was drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in 32 games for Seattle over the first four years of his career while only making eight starts. He then signed with the New York Giants in the 2014 offseason before suffering a season-ending pectoral injury in Week 2.
Thurmond has the ability to play both slot cornerback and outside cornerback. The Eagles already signed marquee free agent Byron Maxwell to play one of the outside positions. It's unclear if the team will start Thurmond on the outside or in the slot. The Eagles still have Brandon Boykin, but they don't seem to be willing to move him out of the nickel cornerback position.
Speaking of Boykin, he's no stranger to Thurmond either. The two players had a little bit of a Twitter beef last offseason. Thurmond made a claim that he was the best slot cornerback in the league, and Boykin tweeted the following:
But who is Walter Thurmond??— Brandon Boykin (@BrandonBoykin2) April 22, 2014
According to a poll from Big Blue View with over 4,800 votes cast, 93% of Giants fans wanted to see Thurmond return to
New York New Jersey in 2015. So New York fans might not be so happy to see him end up playing for their team's rival.
The Eagles now have five cornerbacks under contract for 2015: Maxwell, Thurmond, Boykin, Nolan Carroll II, and Jaylen Watkins.