Three days of free agency are in the books for the Philadelphia Eagles. Here’s how the team fared today:
– I think trading for Darren Sproles was huge. A player who excels in space, Sproles’ cap hit isn’t ridiculous and he still has some left in the tank. He’ll immediately help strengthen the return units, and he also gives the Eagles some flexibility in moving Bryce Brown. The team only has six draft picks right now, and Brown would absolutely net them at least a seventh if they wanted to deal him.
– The Eagles also signed cornerback Nolan Carroll, a former Miami Dolphin. Carroll has decent size and a very long wingspan, which is something the Eagles covet. At the very least, Carroll will now provide depth directly behind both Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams. He’s on a two-year deal with less than $1 million guaranteed, so the Eagles can see if they have something in Carroll without assuming a lot of financial responsibility.
– For the third straight day, there aren’t really many misses to harp on. A pass rusher like Willie Young (who signed with the Bears) would have been nice, but it didn’t happen. The Eagles reportedly showed interest, but it didn’t seem to be much more than that. For the most part, it appears as though the Eagles are signing the free agents that they really want to sign. I have yet to see any reports about a player choosing another team over the Birds.
– The Eagles have been relatively quiet. The team’s interest in Revis was probably the only rumor that really had some legs, and I (along with many others) expect the Eagles to be fairly quiet the rest of the way. I believe they’ll eventually swing some trades to acquire more picks, but there’s no rush to do that right now. That something that happens almost smack-dab between the start of free agency and the draft.