Nolan Carroll: “I Definitely Want to be Back”
Eagles impending free agent cornerback, Nolan Carroll, said he would like to return to Philadelphia to play with the Eagles.
"You know I definitely want to be back," Carroll said as a guest on The Sports Bash. "I’ve built some great relationships with a lot of my teammates on this team, and I think that guys are really close in that locker room."
The cornerback had 55 tackles, 10 passes defended and one interception in 16 games this season.
Carroll took a look back on a disappointing 2016 campaign for the secondary and acknowledged the unit must be better if he returns, for the success of the team.
“Yea it is," Carroll admitted. "Of course you know it's one of those things that we have to get better for the success of not only the team, but for our defense to be the where we want it to be, and for the image that coach Schwartz has."
Carroll sees the potential of the group and believes the Eagles not only grew throughout the season, but should get better in year two of Jim Schwartz's system.
"We were there in the position to try and make a play but it’s just how it goes sometimes," Carroll explained. "We just gotta be better, we know we will and having another year in the system would just make us better.”
He also admitted that he was surprised that his former teammate, Eric Rowe, a 2015 second round pick, was shipped off to New England.
"Those type of decisions those things are not in my control," Carroll stated. "It did kind of shock me because this was a guy who they drafted last year. Trying to give him just some time to develop, he went from college learning one system, and only playing one year as a corner, to coming in the NFL to try and learn a new scheme and the next year trying to learn another scheme. It's just a lot on a young guys plate, it's just how the business goes."
After breaking his leg in a Thanksgiving game in Detroit during the 2015 season, the Eagles re-signed Carroll to a one-year, $2.36 million contract, he was arguably the Eagles' best corner before going down with an injury on Thanksgiving Day, but this season he was graded as one of the worst cornerbacks in the league by Pro Football Focus.