Eagles Sign Nolan Carroll To One-Year DealBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Secondary Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
In what I believe to be a good move, the Eagles signed cornerback Nolan Carroll to a one-year deal on Tuesday. The contract will pay him $2.36 million in 2016. This deal was a way of the Eagles having another proven corner on the roster and Carroll getting the chance to show the Eagles and the rest of the league that he’s fully recovered from the injury he suffered a year ago.
I thought Carroll was the Birds best cornerback in 2015 and that says something because former Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis left his cornerbacks on an island in man-to-man coverages. If you could play for him, that proves you can play in man-to-man against all the talented receivers in the NFL.
Carroll started 11 games before going down with a broken fibula in the Thanksgiving Day blowout vs. Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions. In that game, Carroll was replaced by rookie Eric Rowe and the now-retired Lions Pro Bowler Johnson caught three touchdowns versus Rowe. The rookie rebounded during the rest of the season and did a good job as a starter.
Carroll and Rowe are expected to be the starters for the Birds in the 2016 season, but there will likely be open competition for the starting cornerback positions.
New Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has played a hand in bringing in corners who have played for him in the past like former Buffalo Bills Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks.
They will all battle for playing time against 2015 draft picks JaCorey Sheppard and Randall Evans, as well as long-time backups Jaylen Watkins, Denzel Rice, and free agent Aaron Grymes.
“You can never have enough corners,” Eagles GM Howie Roseman said last week according to Philly.com. “[Schwartz] talks about corners all the time.”
Schwartz will play a defense that keeps his blitzes to a minimum, but relies on his front four to get pressure on the quarterback and will always try to take away the big passing plays through the design of his coverages.
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