The Eagles and Seahawks are (indirectly) swapping starting cornerbacks. According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, former Philadelphia cornerback Cary Williams is signing with Seattle. Wilson reports that the Jets, Ravens, and Titans were also interested. Terms of the deal have not yet been confirmed.
The veteran defensive back was released by the Eagles last week in a cost-cutting move that saved Philadelphia $6.5 million in cap space.
The 30-year-old will likely start across from Richard Sherman in 2015. He will be replacing Byron Maxwell, whom the Eagles recently signed to a lucrative long-term deal.
Williams has six seasons of experience, a Super Bowl ring and was a full-time starter for the last four seasons, so his appeal was there on the open market. He has secured nine interceptions in the last three seasons with the Eagles and Ravens.
Williams obviously had an up-and-down stint in Philadelphia. He was arguably the team's best cornerback but that's not saying much. His mixture of inconsistent play and outspoken nature rubbed some in the wrong way, but he is clearly an NFL talent that should be worthy of being a No. 2 for Seattle. Having Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor behind him certainly won't hurt.