The Broncos may be signing all the top names in free agency, but the Eagles are slowly adding a solid group of people to join their already solid team. After being relatively busy in the past two days, they were once again one of the first teams to make a move today, first trading for Saints RB Darren Sproles and then signing former Dolphins CB Nolan Carroll. Both of these guys will be really solid additions as the Eagles continue to make all the necessary additions to their team.
With about $24 million of cap space still remaining for the Eagles going into the day, they were sure to make a few more moves. Their first course of action was to trade a 5th round pick for Sproles. Sproles is a very dangerous threat from all over the field, but especially as a pass catcher. He catches more passes than many WRs do and provides yet another weapon that teams would have to prepare for. I’m actually more excited though about his kick returning skills. The Eagles really haven’t had a good kick returner since they had Brian Mitchell over a decade ago…getting a good kick returner is long overdue. Since it was a trade, Sproles contract will remain intact and will have a $4.25 million cap hit against the Eagles. Also, if this trade means the end of Bryce Brown on the team, I’m completely fine with that. Brown is overrated anyway.
Shortly after they announced the signing of Carroll on a 2 year, $5.2 million contact. Carroll will join Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams, and Brandon Boykin, all of whom create a pretty solid group of CBs. While I at first thought Carroll might want more money, the relatively low deal suggests that he got something in between backup and starter money. Other than Boykin (who’s the nickel cornerback anyway), I’d be fine with any two of those three starting every day. Carroll is also known as a good tackler, a skill that Eagles CBs have been missing for quite a long time. Carroll was yet another good signing for this team.
This pretty much wraps up all of their team needs, although I still remain certain that they’ll get another OLB. That will probably come in the draft though, maybe even the first round. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see them sign a veteran QB to back up Nick Foles. The guys available are pretty pitiful, but Matt Flynn is one guy that is at least okay (I can’t say that for most of other guys). Drafting a QB would be counterproductive since they need a guy on their roster who can come in at any point and provide a solid job at QB.