Eagles Sign Cornerback Cary Williams And Safety Kenny PhillipsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Williams signed a three-year deal, and will start alongside fellow free agent acquisition Bradley Fletcher. He had four interceptions for Baltimore last season, and plays an aggressive, physical style.
Phillips, a former first-round pick of the Giants, is a guy who can make a difference on the field when healthy. Phillips played in just seven games a year ago, and has played a full 16 games just twice in his five-year career. His best season came in 2011, where he made four interceptions while helping the Giants to a Super Bowl title. The 26-year old signed a one-year deal.
The Eagles have now completely rebuilt their secondary. Gone are underachieving cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, with the two being replaced by Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams. With the signings of Phillips and Patrick Chung, Kurt Coleman likely becomes the team’s third safety, and Nate Allen will now be hard-pressed to even make the team.
There’s a trait that both Williams and Phillips share that will also be of great use to the Eagles: they have won Super Bowl rings in the last two years, and they can help reshape the attitude of this locker room.
These moves will also impact the team’s draft strategy, cornerback Dee Milliner is likely no longer a possibility with the fourth overall pick.
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