And now the Eagles have reached agreement with former Dolphins CB Nolan Carroll. Philly moving and shaking.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2014
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first on the story, though Carroll and the Eagles had been linked to each other for the better part of the last week. Carroll, 27, will be expected to compete for one of the top two cornerback positions along with Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams (as long as both remain on the roster).
While Eagles fans were clamoring at the idea of Darrelle Revis ending up in Philadelphia, speculation was that the lockdown corner was not an ideal fit for the defense that coordinator Billy Davis preferred. The 6’1″, 202 pound Maryland product fits the bill much more appropriately for what the Eagles hope to do on defense. Essentially, Carroll is big, fast, and not afraid to get involved in the run and blitz game. Coming out of College Park, Carroll posted an impressive 4.43 40-yard dash time and has seen his game steadily progress as a member of the Miami Dolphins.
Carroll played in all 16 games last season. He posted career-highs in tackles (43), interceptions (3), sacks (2.0), and pass deflections (12). Though the details of the deal are just trickling in, Fox Sports Mike Garafolo gave a general idea of Carroll’s contract with Philadelphia.
Nolan Carroll’s deal with the Eagles: two years, $5.2m with more in incentives, per source.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 13, 2014
This is a friendly deal that should reap dividends for both sides. Carroll is a player on the rise at a money position and, after seeing Darrelle Revis get a $12 million contract, the newest member of the Eagles could see an opportunity to see his stock skyrocket with a few successful seasons. The Eagles will be in a position where they are not locked into anything long-term but will be able to monitor the progression of the defensive back and make the first call as to whether he’s the type of franchise player worthy of top-tier money.
The Eagles free agent class is starting to round into form more and more. All three phases of the game have seen substantial upgrades and the organization still has flexibility as far as cap space goes. Most of the deals they have picked up are manageable in the short and long-term and should allow the franchise to continue to work with a great deal of cap space every offseason.
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