Eagles Lose Carroll to Cowboys, Logan to Visit Redskins
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Intra-division movement is big in the NFL because teams get very familiar with the players they face twice a season.
That has been playing out in Dallas over the past 24 hours as the Cowboys have agreed to terms with former Eagles starting cornerback Nolan Carroll on a three-year deal.
Dallas also brought in former Washington defensive tackle Stephen Paea and edge rusher Damontre Moore, who started his career with the New York Giants.
Carroll got three years and $10 million from the Cowboys with $4 million of that in the first year.
Carroll spent three years in Philadelphia and was a starter over his past two seasons, bridging the Bill Davis and Jim Schwartz eras after agreeing to come back on a one-year deal before the 2016 campaign.
Carroll started all 16 games last season, amassing 63 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception and 14 passes defended while playing in 89 percent of the team's defensive snaps. He was graded as the 92nd best cornerback of 112 qualifiers last season by ProFootballFocus.com.
With Carroll now officially gone, Philadelphia has lost both of its starting CBs from last season after previously releasing Leodis McKelvin
Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman addressed the lack of depth at the CB position at his Friday afternoon press conference.
"You don't want to go into a draft having to have something," Roseman admitted. "...We're trying to minimize risk and make smart decisions, and if a contract gets out of hand, and we've set a number and a price point for it, we're going to walk away.
"What will happen the next couple of days with some of the guys who are out there, it's hard to predict. Obviously people have expectations when the market opens, but we have to be uncomfortable with some things here. We're not going to address everything right now, and if there's a particular position that we don't address right now, that doesn't preclude us doing something before the season starts, and certainly not in the draft."
The next domino to fall for the Eagles could again be inside the division as free agent defensive tackle Bennie Logan is set to visit the Redskins on Saturday.
Like a lot of players, Logan, 27, isn't finding what he wants on the open market and is reportedly mulling one-year contract offers.
Roseman claimed that the Eagles want Logan to return but the Eagles are up against it from a salary-cap standpoint.
"We're hopeful. Bennie is a good player, and we're in communication with his representatives, and we'll just see how all this shakes out here," he said.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen