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Eagles sign Kenny Phillips and Cary Williams

New York Giants Kenny Phillips knocks down Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vincent Jackson breaking up pass in NFL game in East Rutherford Reuters

We haven’t heard a lot about players visiting the Eagles, but we keep getting news of the Eagles signing players.

The Eagles announced that they have added safety Kenny Phillips and cornerback Cary Williams to the group of five players they signed on the first day of free agency. It’s a three-year deal for Williams, who becomes the latest member of the Super Bowl-winning Ravens defense to leave the team since the start of free agency. The Eagles have lost both of their starting corners from last year and Williams seems a strong bet to take one of those jobs next season.

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Williams’ deal is worth a total of $17 million with $10.5 million in guarantees. Both of those numbers come in slightly below Sean Smith’s deal with the Chiefs, although Williams reportedly has incentives that can kick the total higher.

Phillips and the Eagles have a lot of familiarity with each other from Phillips’ years with the Giants. He signed a one-year deal after dealing with knee injuries that limited him to just seven games during the 2012 season. He’s been a very good player when healthy, though, and would give the Eagles a big boost if he can remain that way all year. Those with long memories will remember that we once said the same thing about former Giants wide receiver Steve Smith when he signed in Philly before the 2011 season.

It’s a risk worth taking for a team that got little from their safeties last season, though. With Patrick Chung and Bradley Fletcher also in the fold, the Eagles have clearly prioritized improvements in the secondary early in Chip Kelly’s first offseason.

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65 Responses to “Eagles sign Kenny Phillips and Cary Williams”
  1. tvguy22 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:26 PM

    Good signings. Keep ‘em coming, Chip.

  2. gumbogumbo says: Mar 14, 2013 4:26 PM

    The Eagles are finally building a sound franchise from the bottom up.

  3. attyken says: Mar 14, 2013 4:27 PM

    Welcome to Philly. Hopefully Philllips knee holds up.

  4. leagueobservr says: Mar 14, 2013 4:28 PM

    Wow. So Baltimore loses yet another one. What do you have to say about this flavordave??? :-D

  5. blitzinc43 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:28 PM

    So Kenny, how exactly do the Giants prepare for the Eagles? ha

  6. vinceofdarkness says: Mar 14, 2013 4:30 PM

    I like it!!

  7. mdpickles says: Mar 14, 2013 4:31 PM

    Glad to see they are signing guys who were on teams that went deep into the playoffs and have won Super Bowls.

  8. dolphins4 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:32 PM

    The Eagles can now draft a left tackle with the 1st pick in the draft.

  9. haterade999 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:32 PM

    Ravens fans will be happy about this.

    Seriously. He isn’t that consistent. Well, he’s consistently getting burned.

  10. bobbyhoying says: Mar 14, 2013 4:32 PM

    The Eagles will have so many new players they’ll seem like an expansion team. They can all watch the Chiefs in the playoffs.

  11. vickadelphia says: Mar 14, 2013 4:36 PM

    Like Williams but don’t know about Phillips knee

  12. justintuckrule says: Mar 14, 2013 4:37 PM

    Dumb team didn’t learn its lesson with smith

  13. trashymenace says: Mar 14, 2013 4:37 PM

    Where are the Packer fans?

    “OMG, they signed a player from a division rival!!! How dare they! All the Vikings ever do is sign players from GB.”

    Yep, doesn’t happen all over the league…

  14. The Prophet says: Mar 14, 2013 4:39 PM

    All these Ravens leaving reminds me of the 90’s when half the Cowboys would all sign monster deals with new teams after every SB.

  15. larrydavid7000 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:39 PM

    well more useless signings to go with dream team 2 and beagle fan just sit down and know your role empty trophy case losers.

  16. wave222 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:43 PM

    Thanks Kenny!!
    Good Luck with your new team!!

  17. dallassux says: Mar 14, 2013 4:45 PM

    larrydavid7000 says:
    Mar 14, 2013 4:39 PM
    well more useless signings to go with dream team 2 and beagle fan just sit down and know your role empty trophy case losers.

    0 2
    Thank you for your feedback. We will look into it.

    Speaking of losers ^^^^^^

  18. sasquash20 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:48 PM

    Great signings a FS who has missed 24 games since the start of the 09 season and a CB who opposing QBs threw for over 1,000 yards, 6 TDs, and a 91.6 QB rating against last season. I didn’t love Sean Smith but would have rather had him then Williams. Maybe if they didn’t pay Casey 5 million a year for his 300 yards they could have coughed up the extra million to get Smith. Chip Kelly will be back in college in 2 years tops.

  19. snowboardinganteater says: Mar 14, 2013 4:49 PM

    Way to go Chip!

  20. 4getu says: Mar 14, 2013 4:52 PM

    Haha. What are all the haters on here worried about? Trying to convince others while you try to convince yourself that chip Kelly has no idea what he’s doing

  21. ss376 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:52 PM

    These are actually two intelligent signings by the E-gals. I think we will miss Phillips, because he is pretty good when he’s healthy. Now they just need to do something about their QB situation.

  22. 4getu says: Mar 14, 2013 4:52 PM

    Cont… That chip Kelly doesn’t know what he’s doing

  23. thetdking says: Mar 14, 2013 4:53 PM

    most of this years free agents are coming from winning teams, thats a start in the rebuilding process.

  24. mrphatal says: Mar 14, 2013 4:54 PM

    larrydavid7000 says:Mar 14, 2013 4:39 PM

    well more useless signings to go with dream team 2 and beagle fan just sit down and know your role empty trophy case losers.

    Classless Giants fan again.

    Thank you for your feedback. We will look into it.

  25. phillysuxbigd says: Mar 14, 2013 4:59 PM

    yes Philly fans, get excited about a guy who essentially blew out the same knee in back to back seasons while in new York. And another guy who was a starter due to injury. Opposing qb’s threw for over 1000 yards, 6 td’s and qb rating of 91.6. I know I’m excited to play against them

  26. 209eaglesfan says: Mar 14, 2013 5:00 PM

    Im lookin at the moves being made by the boyz in green and seeing a NFC East title…Andy who?

  27. cowboyhater says: Mar 14, 2013 5:06 PM

    In hindsight, skins fan need to thank Mara for this cap penalty. Now we can watch the eggles repeat the ugly20 year debacle that our old regime produced by picking up other teams trash. I have to chuckle at their front office. Good luck Eggles!

  28. ranoversquarells says: Mar 14, 2013 5:08 PM

    Phillips & Chung will be competing for the most time in the injury report …

  29. bigwayne75 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:12 PM

    Steve Smith a few years again, Kenny Phillips this season, the Eagles sure done like to pick up the Giants scraps, Eagles like Giants injured players, LOL.

  30. dallassux says: Mar 14, 2013 5:18 PM

    Why are Giants fans so mad?

  31. inozwetrust says: Mar 14, 2013 5:19 PM

    This one was expected all along. The Ravens are strong at corner. With Webb coming back, Jimmy Smith and Corey Graham, Cary was, at best, the third best corner in the team.

    Good luck in Philly Cary

  32. phillysuxbigd says: Mar 14, 2013 5:21 PM

    @209eaglesfan
    ….really, nfc east title??? Because of signing a few castoff sbs. Do you guys have Andrew luck playing qb or something? No wait, you still have Vick. Good luck with that.

  33. kev86 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:22 PM

    Garbage pickers.

  34. rodericksilva says: Mar 14, 2013 5:26 PM

    Haters are funny. Anyways…

    I was reading how they went about FA differently this year. All of the coaches put together a list of FAs that they liked and have a previous connection with. Then the staff went over tape together and put a price tag on each. This way they sign guys they know and not just the popular big money guys like last time.

    Asumgua eating lunch in his car by himself is anti-team but Eagles didn’t know him before signing him. This time around they know what they are getting.

  35. jlv3gem says: Mar 14, 2013 5:27 PM

    Philly is gonna love Cary Williams ability to give up the big play

  36. ravenator says: Mar 14, 2013 5:29 PM

    Cary Williams was not that good. He got lucky being in the right place for a lot of his picks (tipped balls).

  37. flavordave says: Mar 14, 2013 5:30 PM

    Chip Kelly is locked into a war room with telephones and video monitors. Hes building a world domination style football team

  38. ravenmaniac1969 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:31 PM

    Breaking News The Ravens just released their mascot Poe in a Salary Cap move. The Cheerleaders may be the next cap casualty.

  39. flavordave says: Mar 14, 2013 5:31 PM

    Kev86 if we are garbage pickers we would have started with you and thrown you off the Ben Franklin Bridge

  40. mancave001 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:32 PM

    Great moves so far by the birds. We’ll see what happens…

  41. chaser44 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:50 PM

    bigwayne75 says:Mar 14, 2013 5:12 PMSteve Smith a few years again, Kenny Phillips this season, the Eagles sure done like to pick up the Giants scraps, Eagles like Giants injured players, LOL. 3 6 Report comment

    Nice grammar, but then again you are a giants fan.

  42. bobonmycob says: Mar 14, 2013 5:50 PM

    larrydavid7000 says:Mar 14, 2013 4:39 PM

    well more useless signings to go with dream team 2 and beagle fan just sit down and know your role empty trophy case losers.

    Considering your name you have to be an old man… Who names their kid Larry anymore? Yet you act like a 10 year old… congratz… you seem like a real winner….

  43. tkotanch says: Mar 14, 2013 5:54 PM

    bigwayne75 says:
    Mar 14, 2013 5:12 PM
    Steve Smith a few years again, Kenny Phillips this season, the Eagles sure done like to pick up the Giants scraps, Eagles like Giants injured players, LOL.

    How’d that Shawn Andrews signing work out for you big wayne?

  44. bigwayne75 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:55 PM

    chaser44 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:50 PM

    bigwayne75 says:Mar 14, 2013 5:12 PMSteve Smith a few years again, Kenny Phillips this season, the Eagles sure done like to pick up the Giants scraps, Eagles like Giants injured players, LOL. 3 6 Report comment

    Nice grammar, but then again you are a giants fan.

    Called cell phone and auto correct.

  45. bigwayne75 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:57 PM

    chaser44 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:50 PM

    bigwayne75 says:Mar 14, 2013 5:12 PMSteve Smith a few years again, Kenny Phillips this season, the Eagles sure do like to pick up the Giants scraps, Eagles like Giants injured players, LOL. 3 6 Report comment

    LOL, 36 Eagles fans upset that I am speaking the truth.

  46. elimanningup says: Mar 14, 2013 6:29 PM

    When healthy Kenny Phillips is a Top 3 safety in the game. This is by far the best signing the Eagles have made this offseason.

    With Kenny Phillips in the lineup this past season:

    Points per game allowed: 16.85
    Rushing yards per game allowed: 112.85
    Passing yards per game allowed: 226.7
    Total yards per game allowed: 340

    If the Giants had a full season with Phillips and averaged those numbers, they would have finished second in the league in points per game allowed.

    With Kenny Phillips out of the lineup this past season

    Points per game allowed: 25.1
    Rushing yards per game allowed: 141.89
    Passing yards per game allowed: 275.8
    Total yards per game allowed: 417.11

    From BigBlueView.com: “Without Phillips those rankings are: 30th in passing yards per game, 31st in rushing yards per game, and 27th in points per game.”

    Also, BBI’s Big Blue Blogger posted in a thread about Phillips and provided these numbers, adding that there’s some subjectivity in them like treating this year’s games in Philly and Washington as “without KP” because he went down long before either game was decided.

    Giants with KP, 2009-2012: 28-13
    Giants without KP, 2009-2012: 12-15

  47. chaser44 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:41 PM

    bigwayne75 says:Mar 14, 2013 5:55 PMchaser44 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:50 PMbigwayne75 says:Mar 14, 2013 5:12 PMSteve Smith a few years again, Kenny Phillips this season, the Eagles sure done like to pick up the Giants scraps, Eagles like Giants injured players, LOL. 3 6 Report commentNice grammar, but then again you are a giants fan.Called cell phone and auto correct.

    Does your phone also automatically hit submit when you are done typing? How is that a valid excuse for writing at a 3rd grade level?

  48. n0hopeleft says: Mar 14, 2013 6:43 PM

    Giants fans mad? I don’t need to remind you scrubs about our past 6 years, its well documented.. Kenny never lived up to his first round pick status, and Stevie Brown had EIGHT picks last year – EMBARRASSING Kenny’s stats.

    Don’t call us mad kids, we already know we have a better team, coaching staff, and front office… The funny part is, you know it too.

  49. bigwayne75 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:53 PM

    Does your phone also automatically hit submit when you are done typing? How is that a valid excuse for writing at a 3rd grade level?

    I was going to type something else but I forgot to delete and the auto correct changed it. Enjoy that injury prone player.

  50. bigwayne75 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:56 PM

    n0hopeleft says: Mar 14, 2013 6:43 PM
    Don’t call us mad kids, we already know we have a better team, coaching staff, and front office… The funny part is, you know it too.

    Really lol, Coughlin won 2 rings, GM Reese didn’t have go out and sign big name players to win 2 Super Bowls either.

    How many rings has the Eagles won?

  51. cmonelisha says: Mar 14, 2013 6:58 PM

    this is one of the worst FA years i can remember as a giants fan. lost many pieces and gained nothing. that said the only way were making playoffs is through the division and even then itll be hard to advance with seattle, SF and ATL all making monster moves.. only year under the eli era my expectations going into a season are def limited

  52. chaser44 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:11 PM

    bigwayne75 says:Mar 14, 2013 6:53 PMDoes your phone also automatically hit submit when you are done typing? How is that a valid excuse for writing at a 3rd grade level?I was going to type something else but I forgot to delete and the auto correct changed it. Enjoy that injury prone player.

    Come on bigwayne he signed a 1 year deal, how is that a risk for a former 1st round safety? One who when he has played has performed at a high level. You are grasping at straws to further your hater agenda. #weaksauce

  53. chaser44 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:13 PM

    bigwayne75 says:Mar 14, 2013 6:56 PM
    How many rings has the Eagles won?

    Let me guess auto correct changed have to has? Just take a break from the keyboard son.

  54. kev86 says: Mar 14, 2013 7:26 PM

    Flava Dave – is the Ben Franklin bridge big or rinky dink like the rest of the city?

  55. greatestgamensports says: Mar 14, 2013 7:32 PM

    Dream team…. Lol

    Eagles = terrible franchise

  56. rmw1982 says: Mar 14, 2013 8:54 PM

    Being as objectionable as possible as a Giants fan, Kenny Phillips has not been the same since he had microfracture surgery. He’s a decent player when he’s on the field, but he’s constantly hurt. Stevie Brown outperformed him last year, which is why the Giants did not make a real attempt to re-sign him.

  57. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 14, 2013 9:08 PM

    Loading up on over paid “has beens” on the back side of their careers. Doesn’t it sound just a little familiar Eagle fan? The dream team recipe.

  58. bkostela says: Mar 14, 2013 9:37 PM

    wow some pretty good smack going on here. phillips is a very good safety when he’s on the field. there leaves something to be seen because the giants don’t usually let young quality players walk without a good reason. if he winds up being healthy, the eagles might have gotten a steal here.

  59. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 14, 2013 9:39 PM

    Kenny has been my son since The U., but we couldn’t count on him. Hopefully he stays healthy and maximizes his ability — except against us.

  60. lovefootball4life says: Mar 14, 2013 9:48 PM

    Was expecting to see a lot of Ravens haters in the comments. They are out in force in the other stories.

    As a fan, truth is I’m not sad to see Williams go. Didn’t think he was that good and his “incident” in the super bowl should never happen. For once CB is the position I’m not worried about.

  61. easternshoremd says: Mar 14, 2013 10:15 PM

    Ravens fan here. Williams isn’t a good cover guy, has bad hands, and gets picked on regularly. I’d take a mid round rookie over him

  62. fukpittsburgh says: Mar 15, 2013 7:55 AM

    Cary “Tackle 15 Yards Down the Field” Williams

  63. jamezz23 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:19 AM

    Doesn’t matter. There is no way they are going to stop the juggernaut the lions have with Stafford, bush, and Megatron. Nit sure why everyone is excited about this they suck, child’s play

  64. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 15, 2013 12:30 PM

    @4getu,

    You can’t have haters if you never win a super bowl or anything else for that matter. People hate on those that are more successful. Like how you hate on dallas for example.

    No one envies the pathetic eagles they just get sick of hearing obnoxoius, clueless fans like you talk like you are a contender.

    BTW retire the old worn out “trying to convince others” line. Ain’t working.

  65. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:06 PM

    dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 15, 2013 12:30 PM

    @4getu,

    You can’t have haters if you never win a super bowl or anything else for that matter. People hate on those that are more successful. Like how you hate on dallas for example.

    No one envies the pathetic eagles they just get sick of hearing obnoxoius, clueless fans like you talk like you are a contender.

    BTW retire the old worn out “trying to convince others” line. Ain’t working.
    ————–

    Agreed there.

    It’s like someone said the other day, Dallas fans may be annoying to us Giants fans, but they don’t have nearly the number of trolls that Iggles and Skins fans have all over PFT and other sites.

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