The Philadelphia Eagles are still negotiating with impending free agent cornerback Nolan Carroll, according to a report from Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com. It was reported last week that Carroll and the Eagles share some mutual interest. Carroll has also publicly stated that he wants to return to the Eagles in 2016.
Nolan Carroll and #Eagles are still talking about a new deal, per source. Deal for Shareece Wright (3 yrs, 16m, 4m guar) is good benchmark— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) March 7, 2016
This report is especially significant now because Philadelphia is reportedly in trade talks with the Dolphins to send 2015 starting cornerback Byron Maxwell to Miami. With Maxwell potentially gone, the Eagles could choose to move forward with Carroll and 2015 second round pick Eric Rowe as the team's starting cornerbacks on the outside.
This negotiation process could be a little tricky. The Eagles can't officially trade Maxwell until Wednesday, March 9. If a deal falls through and they're unable to move him, the right combination of money/playing time might not be available for Carroll. In the meantime, Carroll's agent is currently allowed to negotiate with other teams due the legal tampering window. Another potential complication is that Carroll is coming off a broken ankle that he suffered in late November. Recent videos he's posted on social media of himself working out indicates he's healthy, so that's a good sign.
Carroll was arguably Philadelphia's best cornerback last season. Teammates raved about the great offseason he had in preparation of 2015. During the year, Carroll was a solid but unspectacular starter. He finished last season with 41 tackles, 10 passes defensed, two interceptions, and one defensive touchdown.
The Eagles have until Wednesday to get a deal done with Carroll or else risk losing him in free agency.