Biggers Moves on to New England
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Former Eagles cornerback E.J. Biggers has signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots.
According to the Boston Globe, Biggers, who was no longer in Philadelphia's plans, got $840,000 from the Pats with a modest $25K signing bonus.
The veteran filled in admirably when he got a chance to play during his lone season in Philadelphia, playing in all 16 games and starting three. Biggers finished with 36 tackles and 11 passes defended while playing in 564 defensive snaps, 46 percent of the team's total.
Of the 111 cornerbacks who played enough to be rated by ProFootballFocus.com last season, however, Biggers was rated No. 98 and his size, 6-foot, 185 pounds, really limited him as just a sub-package player who could help on special teams.
Biggers, 28, is a veteran of seven NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-12), Washington Redskins (2013-14) and Eagles (2015) after originally entering the league as a seventh-round draft pick (217th overall) by the Bucs out of Western Michigan in '09.
Overall, he has played in 92 NFL games with 34 starts and has 279 total tackles, one sack, four interceptions, 41 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
The Eagles have made significant movement at the cornerback position from a year ago, most notably moving on from the high-priced Byron Maxwell and signing Leodis McKelvin to replace him.
The Eagles also inked Ron Brooks in free agency and brought back Nolan Carroll on a one-year deal.
McKelvin is currently penciled in as one starter with Carroll trying to hold off second-year man Eric Rowe on the other side. Also in the mix are second-year players JaCorey Shepherd, who missed his entire rookie campaign with a torn ACL, Denzel Rice and Randall Evans, as well as Jaylen Watkins and CFL-signee Aaron Grymes.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen