By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As the NFL’s off-season continues, the Eagles introduced the two newest members of their team.
On Wednesday, the Eagles acquired Running Back Darren Sproles in a trade with New Orleans. The Eagles also signed free agent Cornerback Nolan Carroll, who spent the past four seasons in Miami.
Sproles may be a running back, but he is best known for his pass-catching abilities. Last season with the Saints, Sproles rushed for just 220 yards, but pulled down 604 yards as a receiver. Sproles says he was happy to find out he was coming to Philadelphia.
“We first got it done,” said Sproles. “I found out I was coming here and I was excited. That worked out for the best. They could have traded me somewhere I didn’t want to be.”
Sproles and the Saints eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs last season, but the nine-year veteran was impressed with Chip Kelly both as a coach and as a person.
“He’s a real down to earth coach,” Sproles said. “He’s not one of the guys where you go into his office and you’re nervous to talk to the coach.”
Carroll moved into the starting lineup for the Dolphins last season and finished with three interceptions. Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams were the Eagles starting cornerbacks last season, but Carroll believes he will get a fair chance to compete for a starting spot.
“It was a good situation,” said Carroll. “They told me this would be a good place to compete for a starting job. Looking at the roster, they didn’t have a lot of depth. I just want to come in here and compete for a job.”
Carroll is friends with former Eagle Moise Fokou, who Carroll said had high praise for the Eagles organization. Carroll was also impressed with what he saw when he made his visit to Philadelphia.
“I like the atmosphere that’s here with Chip Kelly and what his philosophy is for this team,” Carroll said. “I’m excited. They got me excited just being around this building and listening to everybody around here. I’m just happy to be a part of this organization.”
Carroll received a two-year deal from the Eagles, while Sproles was given an extension through 2016.