The Eagles are open to Nolan Carroll returning to Philadelphia. Carroll has stated he wants to be back in Philadelphia. Despite mutual interest, however, the two sides reportedly aren't close on a new contract. This tidbit comes from Tim McManus of Birds 24/7.
"The Eagles and Nolan Carroll aren’t on the same page numbers wise at the moment. Howie Roseman and company want him to test the market, per a source, to see if it matches up with Carroll’s valuation. At least one NFC East team is said to be interested. Seems like there is still a chance he returns to Philly, but they’ll have to find some middle ground."
This report echoes what NFL insider Rand Getlin recently said as well.
CB Nolan Carroll (@CarrollCity) is recovering well from an ankle injury he suffered last year. Drawing interest from several NFC teams.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 7, 2016
Yes, the Eagles are among the teams still in the mix for Carroll. Couldn't get a deal worked out by today, but com-lines are still open.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 7, 2016
For what it's worth, Carroll posted this tweet on Monday.
Lord knows how much I love football. I can't control the biz aspect,FA biz pic.twitter.com/HkD8ov8CAl— Nolan Carroll (@CarrollCity) March 7, 2016
Meanwhile, Les Bowen seems to be optimistic about a Carroll return.
I think the Eagles are much more likely to bring back Nolan Carroll now that they’ve traded Maxwell. Talks continue.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 8, 2016
Carroll was a solid starter for the Eagles in 2015. He's not the kind of guy the team should break the bank for, however, which is why Philadelphia is comfortable with letting him test the market. Carroll can officially sign with any NFL team starting Wednesday, March 9 at 4:00 PM ET.
A Carroll return to the Eagles would be ideal because Philadelphia needs a new starter now that Byron Maxwell is being traded to Miami. The Birds are also reportedly interested in free agent defensive back Patrick Robinson. He could be an option if the team can't keep Carroll.