The Philadelphia Eagles have officially signed free agent cornerback Leodis McKelvin, according to an official announcement from the team. NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports the two-year contract is worth up to $6 million.
The Eagles hosted McKelvin, who was released by Buffalo late last week, for a visit at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia on Tuesday. The Cowboys were also reportedly interested in him but he clearly won't be visiting Dallas now. Here's what we wrote about the 30-year-old McKelvin earlier today.
"McKelvin was originally drafted by Buffalo with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. In 98 career appearances with the Bills, McKelvin made 60 starts. He recorded 259 tackles, 13 interceptions, 65 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and one defensive touchdown during that span.
McKelvin has an obvious connection to current Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. The two spent time together in Buffalo during the 2014 season. McKelvin had a career-high four interceptions that year.
The Eagles needed to add a cornerback after trading Byron Maxwell to the Dolphins. It remains to be seen if the team views McKelvin as a starter or not. Philadelphia is still reportedly negotiating with Nolan Carroll, for what it's worth.
Overall, this looks like a nice, inexpensive deal for the Eagles. It gives the team more depth and experience in the secondary. McKelvin might be declining and he's dealt with some injury issues but he's also been a good player for most of his career. This seems like a good addition to Philadelphia's defense.
McKelvin's introductory press conference is scheduled for this evening at 5:30 PM ET.