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Cowboys sign former Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll

Switching sides.

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll is signing with the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport.

Carroll’s contract with the Cowboys is reportedly worth $10 million over three years. The first year will pay $4 million.

Carroll played in 43 games and made 28 starts with the Eagles after first signing with Philadelphia in 2014. He logged 112 tackles, three interceptions, and one forced fumble during that span.

Dallas showed interest in signing Carroll last offseason but he ultimately ended up returning to the Eagles on a one-year deal.

Carroll was a serviceable starter for the Eagles at times but other times he was a liability in coverage. For what it’s worth Pro Football Focus ranked him 92nd out of 112 cornerbacks in 2016.

Bringing Carroll back on a cheap deal wouldn’t have been the worst thing for the Eagles, but paying the 30-year-old as much as Dallas did wouldn’t have been ideal for Philadelphia. Howie Roseman talked about not wanting band-aids earlier this offseason, specifically at the cornerback position.

The Eagles are still in need of two new starting cornerbacks. It’s expected they will seriously address the position in the 2017 NFL Draft, which is loaded with cornerback talent.

Carroll will now have to deal with facing Eagles wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and/or Torrey Smith twice a year. Maybe he’ll do Philadelphia fans a solid and give up some big plays just like he did with the Eagles.

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