Eagles Add CB Nolan Carroll
The Eagles made another move Thursday morning, reaching an agreement with Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll.
It’s a two-year, $5.2 million deal, according to Mike Garafolo of FoxSports.com.
“Nolan Carroll brings good experience to our team,” said Eagles head coach Chip Kelly in a statement released by the team. “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.”
Added Howie Roseman: “Nolan is a guy we have studied for awhile and the thing you see is his size, speed and press ability. 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. We’re excited to add him to our team.”
Carroll is listed at 6-1, 205, but as friend of the blog Sam Lynch pointed out, he measured in at 5-11 1/2 at the combine coming out of college.
The 27-year-old was originally a fifth-round pick by the Dolphins in 2010. He’s started 26 games in four seasons. Last year, Carroll started 12 games and had three interceptions, 11 passes defended and a pair of sacks.
Carroll has played on the outside his entire career. According to PFF, he had 44 tackles and only missed three last season. That put him at ninth in the league in tackling efficiency.
As a rookie, Carroll returned kicks and ranked 16th with a 24.3 yard average.
He figures to compete for a starting job with Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. The Eagles were thin at cornerback last season. The Carroll addition gives them three options on the outside with Brandon Boykin continuing as the nickel.
Interesting background on Carroll’s family from the Dolphins’ Web site:
Nolan’s discipline, both on and of the field, comes from his parents who were both members of the military. Nolan’s father, Nolan, Sr., served in the Air Force, where he earned the rank of senior master sergeant. His mother, Jennifer, served in the Navy, where she became a lieutenant commander. Mrs. Carroll turned in 20 years of military service and left the Navy with a long list of achievements which includes a Meritorious Service Medal; two Navy Commendation Medals; two Navy Achievement Medals; a National Defense Service Medal; an Overseas Ribbon; two Coast Guard Special Operation Ribbons; and finally an Expert Pistol Medal. Adding to her resume, she is now Florida’s lieutenant governor after spending seven years as a state legislator and also serving as executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.