Eagles stay busy, sign Nolan Carroll

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The trade for Darren Sproles isn’t the only move the Eagles are making on Thursday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team has reached agreement on a deal with cornerback Nolan Carroll. Carroll visited with the Bills on Wednesday and there were reports of interest from other teams, but the Eagles were able to beat them out for Carroll’s services.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports it is a two-year deal worth $5.2 million with more available in incentives.

Carroll had 47 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions along with some costly coverage breakdowns in 12 starts for the Dolphins last season. He’ll join Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams and Brandon Boykin on the corner for the Eagles and his presence should increase the competition for spots and depth in Philadelphia.

Carroll joins safety Malcolm Jenkins as prominent new additions to the Eagles secondary since free agency opened on Tuesday.

20 responses to “Eagles stay busy, sign Nolan Carroll

  1. Best of luck to Nolan Carroll. He will be missed by us in Miami.

    He may not be a full blown starter, but he is a more than capable depth acquisition, and is extremely durable.

    He took some nasty hits in a few games this season, and although he would not finish those games, he never managed to miss any playing time the following week. Played in all 16 games. He can definitely always be counted on.

    Phins up. Good luck Philly.

  2. i like these moves. If half of them pan out, they’re ahead of the game. They desperately needed depth, and that’s what they’re getting. The draft is where you look for potential stars, not big ticket FA acquisitions.

  3. I was hoping he would resign with Miami. He has a lot of upside, but he is young and inconsistent. He gained a lot of experience with Patterson hurt last year. I think Philly will benefit from that.

  4. Philly is getting a quality player. Plays well on special teams, was a good tackler on kick offs, played well as a gunner on punt returns. Some might remember the conditioning coach from NYJ Sal Alosi lining up a bunch of players on the sideline to trip him up because Carrol and Jones were demolishing them on punts in a bad weather game. He stepped up this year and started when draft picks didn’t plot out and veterans couldn’t stay healthy. Have watched him be Miami’s #1 corner at times and hold his own, against respected players in this league . He has elite speed, as in one of the fastest players on the team and ideal size for the position at 6’1 205+lbs.

    In short, he’s a boundary corner who plays special teams, is a great backup who can be a starter and is-and-has steadily improved each season.

  5. Carroll isn’t consistent enough to be an everyday starter, but he is a decent nickle DB and did play well at times last season when he became a full time starter due to Patterson’s hamstring injury. He will add some quality depth to the Eagles secondary.

  6. Solid signing. This Philly special teams unit is starting to look….well, special. With Braman, Maragos, and now Carroll, they adding guys that are not only good at special teams, but WANTS to do it.

    It’s been a major sore spot for the Eagles. They had so many “specialist” players under Reid that rarely if ever saw play time, it hurt their special teams. The guys on those units didn’t WANT to be there (not to mention weren’t very good at it), and they were horrible as a result.

    I don’t expect any of these guys to make a big impact on D, but I do expect them to make a big impact on the 3rd unit, and I would rather have ANY of them compared to our backups from last year

  7. He’s like the defensive version of Mike Wallace. He’ll be invisable for most of the game then BOOM, he gives up a big play.

    Unless of course he’s playing the Patriots, and then Brady just torches him the whole game. I’m sure he’ll be missed in Foxborough.

  8. I for one was never impressed with NC! He will make a good play here and there but for every good play expect a streak of really bad ones via stupid penalty or just get torched in coverage miss a few tackles… He is very fast and very durable and no off the field issues. Overall a really good guy but just not a very good football player. Last year was his best year to date but still has a very long way to get where he needs to be and this far into his career he should be much much better than what he is. Thank you Philly for taking him and remember he is a good guy so don’t be too hard on him on game days!!

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