The secondary became one of the most-improved units for the Philadelphia Eagles last season.
With the addition of free agent cornerback Nolan Carroll, the group should be even better in 2014. Carroll’s signing was a little bit under the radar, but these are the types of quiet moves that can really benefit a team.
Carroll, 27, can play on special teams and will certainly compete for a starting job.
“I’m coming in and doing whatever role is needed from me,” Carroll told reporters soon after signing a two-year contract. “If I come in and compete and I don’t get the job, then I just have to find my role on the team to help us win. I’m not going to be frustrated or disappointed. As long as I go out and do the things that I need to do to help the team out, that’s all I’m worried about. It’s not about individual success right now, it’s about the team’s success, and that’s what I’m here to do, help the team win.”
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Carroll is a four-year veteran who has started 26 games, including a career-high 12 with the Miami Dolphins last season. He had three interceptions and two sacks last season. More than that, he’ll give the Eagles another option on special teams.
The Eagles allowed more passing yards than any team in the league, so the addition of a player like Carroll is a plus.
Several teams were reportedly interested in adding Carroll before the Eagles stepped in and completed the deal.
“I like the atmosphere that is here with (coach) Chip Kelly and what his philosophy is for this team, and I’m excited,” Carroll told reporters. “They’ve got me excited. Just being around here in this building, listening to everybody around here, meeting different people, I’m happy to be a part of this organization.”
In four career seasons with the Dolphins, Carroll compiled 135 total tackles, 22 deflected passes, five interceptions and one forced fumble.
If Carroll does provide a lift, this signing could wind up being huge.