According to Mark Eckel of NJ.com and NJ Advanced Media, Nolan Carroll said after practice Wednesday that contract talks have begun between his agent and the Eagles. Carroll is slated to become a free agent this offseason.
From Eckel, over at NJ.com:
Cornerback Nolan Carroll, one of two Eagles starters scheduled to hit free agency in March, has had preliminary talks with the team on a new deal.
"They're starting,'' Carroll told N.J. Advance Media Wednesday after practice of the talks. "I have a new agent so we'll see how it goes.''
Carroll was a free agent at the end of the 2015 season, but coming off a fractured fibula he found a soft market and returned to the Eagles on a one-year deal worth just over $2 million.
Now, after a healthy 2016 season in which he has started all 15 games and played 89 percent of the defensive snaps, Carroll is ready to negotiate again.
"I'd like to come back, but it's not just up to me,'' Carroll, who has one interception and 14 pass breakups, said. "We'll see what happens.''
The Eagles have rotated through a series of starting cornerbacks over the past three years, to no avail:
- 2016: Leodis McKelvin & Nolan Carroll
- 2015: Byron Maxwell & Nolan Carroll
- 2014: Cary Williams & Bradley Fletcher
The Eagles have interesting decisions to make at the cornerback position this offseason. Carroll is the only corner on this list who has spent extensive time with the organization, and also remains on the roster. However, the veteran has been mediocre this season, and the team knows CB is a position of need.
Leodis McKelvin, who signed a two-year deal with the Eagles this offseason but can be cut when the 2017 league year begins for $3.2 million in savings, has had an injury-plagued, inconsistent season.
Rookie Jalen Mills has seen his fair share of playing time this season, and has fared okay, but he doesn’t seem to be a CB1 in the making.
So, should the Eagles just bring Carroll back because he’s a known commodity and is likely cost-controllable? Should they let him walk because, in three years with the team, he has struggled to put a complete, 16-game season of impressive work together?
Here’s a brief look at some free agent cornerbacks this offseason, and their ages and average annual values from 2016:
- Trumaine Johnson, 26, $13.9M
- Prince Amukamara, 27, $5.5M
- Captain Munnerlyn, 28, $3.7M
- Stephon Gilmore, 26, $3.0M
- Morris Claiborne, 26, $3.0M
- D.J. Hayden, 26, $2.5M
- Terence Newman, 38, $2.5M
- Darius Butler, 30, $2.5M
- Dre Kirkpatrick, 27, $2.1M
- Josh Robinson, 25, $2.0M
What do you think? Should the Eagles bring Carroll back?