(AP) – The Eagles agreed on a two-year deal with former Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll.
Carroll is the fourth free agent signed by the Eagles since Tuesday, joining former Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins and special teams standouts Chris Maragos and Bryan Braman. Carroll had three interceptions and two sacks in 12 starts last season.
Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher were Philadelphia’s starting cornerbacks in 2013 and Brandon Boykin started in the slot. The Eagles finished last in pass defense.
“Nolan Carroll brings good experience to our team,” Kelly said. “He’s been a starter in Miami. He’s a good athlete and he’ll bring good depth to our cornerback position with Cary, Fletch and Brandon. His skill set fits what we are trying to do on defense and special teams.”
Carroll allowed just 43 receptions in 451 coverage snaps last year, according to Pro Football Focus. Opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of only 65.0 when targeting him.
“Nolan is a guy we have studied for a while and the thing you see is his size, speed and press ability,” Roseman said. “He will add depth to a cornerback group we already feel good about. You can never have enough big, long corners on a football team. He’s also a player that has proven to be a productive gunner on special teams.”
The 27-year-old Carroll had 135 tackles, five interceptions, 22 passes defended and three sacks in four seasons in Miami.
Before NFL free agency opened, the Eagles re-signed wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin and gave contract extensions to All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters and center Jason Kelce. They also re-signed punter Donnie Jones this week.
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