Nolan Carroll is signing with one of the Philadelphia Eagles’ NFC East rivals.
The Philadelphia Eagles had the worst secondary in the NFL in 2016 and are looking to replenish their group of cornerbacks this offseason. Unfortunately, one of their best corners from last season, Nolan Carroll, is set to sign with arguably their biggest division rival.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Carroll is set to sign with the Dallas Cowboys. The deal will be worth $10 million over three seasons, per Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY Sports. It was reported in December that Carroll and the Eagles were negotiating a new contract, but the two sides obviously weren’t able to get anything done.
Carroll was the Eagles’ most reliable cornerback last season, which really isn’t saying much considering he was playing alongside Leodis McKelvin and seventh-round rookie Jalen Mills. Pro Football Focus ranked him at No. 108 of 120 graded cornerbacks in 2016.
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Though he didn’t do anything overly memorable with the Eagles, he finished his tenure in Philadelphia having recorded 144 total tackles, 25 pass deflections, three interceptions and one forced fumble.
With Carroll headed to Dallas, that makes the Eagles’ need for a cornerback that much more pronounced. Even if the Eagles re-signed Carroll, they still would have been looking to add a cornerback or two in the offseason. Luckily, the Eagles picked a great year to need a corner. This year’s draft is stocked with cornerback prospects and Philadelphia should be able to pick up at least one prospect who could start for the Eagles immediately. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock called this year’s cornerback class one of the deepest he’s seen in years.
As of now, the best corner on the Eagles’ roster is Mills, who still has a lot to prove. Ron Brooks, who missed 10 games last season with a ruptured quadriceps tendon, also remains on the roster.