The Eagles made their second major move of the day Thursday morning, signing free-agent cornerback Nolan Carroll to a two-year contract shortly after acquiring running back Darren Sproles from the Saints.
Carroll, 27, had three interceptions and two sacks for the Dolphins last season in a career-high 12 starts. He has five interceptions and three sacks in his four-year career.
“Nolan Carroll brings good experience to our team,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said 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 [Williams], Fletch [Bradley Fletcher] and Brandon [Boykin]. His skill set fits what we are trying to do on defense and special teams.”
Carroll (6-1, 202) was one of only four NFL cornerbacks last year with at least two sacks and two interceptions. The others were Captain Munnerlyn of the Panthers, Orlando Scandrick of the Cowboys and Tramon Williams of the Packers.
Carroll has also been a kick returner in his career, averaging 24.3 yards on 27 returns in 2010.
He was originally a fifth-round pick out of Maryland in 2010.
“Nolan is a guy we have studied for a while, and the thing you see is his size, speed and press ability,” general manager Howie 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.”
Carroll presumably becomes the Eagles’ third outside corner behind starters Cary Williams and Fletcher, a role served last year by several people, including Jordan Poyer, Curtis Marsh and Roc Carmichael.
Roseman said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month that Boykin, who tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions last year, would remain exclusively a slot cornerback in 2014.