Eagles Sign CB Walter Thurmond
The Eagles have added a cornerback and another ex-Oregon player to the mix.
The team announced it has signed former Giants and Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond to a one-year deal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the move.
Thurmond (5-11, 190) played in only two games for the Giants last year after suffering a torn pectoral muscle. He spent his first four seasons in the league with the Seahawks and has started nine games overall, totaling one interception and 15 passes defended.
Thurmond has dealt with injuries since entering the league. In October of 2011, he suffered a broken fibula and then re-injured the leg in April of 2012. Thurmond also dealt with a hamstring injury during the 2012 season.
In 2013, Thurmond was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. According to one report, it was for marijuana use specifically.
The 27-year-old played at Oregon, and Kelly had once called him the best player on the Ducks’ squad.
As for fit, Thurmond played the slot for the Seahawks in 2013, and he was slated for the same role with the Giants. But at 5-11 with 32 3/4-inch arms, the guess here is he’s more likely to get a shot outside in the Eagles’ scheme. That will likely depend on who else they sign/draft in the coming months. Thurmond has played snaps on the outside in the past.
If there are no more major moves, Thurmond will likely compete with Nolan Carroll II for the CB2 spot, with Brandon Boykin occupying the nickel. If the Eagles add another outside corner, they could look to move Boykin, who has never been given a fair shot on the outside and is entering the final year of his contract.
On Tuesday, the Eagles announced that the Byron Maxwell signing is official.