The Philadelphia Eagles did not do well last year defensively despite their 10th ranked rushing defense. The team finished 29th overall and 32nd in pass defense. Losing any of their corners won’t help make them better. Today the team lost free agent acquisition Nolan Carroll who left practice today with an undisclosed reason.
Eagles beat writer Bob Grotz reported Carroll’s leaving via Twitter a short time ago but gave no details of the cornerbacks exit.
#Eagles CB Nolan Carroll leaves practice.
— Bob Grotz (@BobGrotz) July 31, 2014
Carroll, a free agent pick-up who played the first four years of his career with the Miami Dolphins, is expected to challenge for one of the starting corner positions. In four years with the Dolphins, Carroll has started 26 of 58 games. His signing netted him a $5 million deal but was lost in the newswire since it came only a short hour after the Eagles traded with the New Orleans Saints for running-back Darren Sproles.
Carroll has struggled in press coverage over his career and is better suited for a zone position but earlier this year Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis got a little excited about his new corner.
“He’s a very well-rounded talent,” Davis said of Carroll. “He’s got size, he’s got length, he’s got speed. He’s a real tenacious competitor. I love his attitude out there the way he presses and competes and puts his hands on people, and he’s got a good knack for the ball. I think he’s a good asset to us. He’s a great addition and we looked forward to seeing him in camp and how he fits into our system.”
At this time there is no indication on why Carroll left practice so an update will likely be coming at some point.