Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman are building the roster, one solid brick at a time.
On Day Three of NFL Free Agency, the Philadelphia Eagles announced the signings of Cornerback Cary Williams, Linebacker Connor Barwin, and Safety Kenny Phillips. Cary Williams joins on a three-year deal, while Phillips is on a one-year contract. Barwin cashed in, getting a six-year deal worth $36 million.
Williams, formerly of the champion Ravens, boasts winning experience. The 28 year-old played four years with Baltimore, starting all but 14 games. The Washburn alumni intercepted four passes in 2012, and recorded 7 total tackles. Along with new Eagle Bradley Fletcher, Williams will bring a physicality to the secondary missing in the last two years. Notorious for his week two scuffle with DeSean Jackson, Williams will put the quarrel to past when he puts on the midnight green.
Safety Kenny Phillips endured numerous injuries in 2012. The first-round pick only started seven games for the rival Giants in 2012. Phillips has played three full seasons since being drafted in 2008 with the 32nd pick. In 2011, Phillips started all 16 games and recorded four interceptions for New York.
Connor Barwin signed Thursday evening, and is expected to start at OLB. The five-year pro started every game for Houston in 2012. He totaled 35 tackles, and recorded three sacks. Barwin will likely line up opposite Trent Cole, the two pairing as the Eagles’ OLBs.
The current depth chart would show that Williams and Fletcher will start at CB in 2013. Patrick Chung and Phillips look to be on the first team at the safety position. The Eagles have successfully undone the mishap from 2011. Their plans of a new secondary have come to fruition, much to the delight of fans. The Eagles will look at every option still available. Their goal, their motivation, is a new roster that exceeds expectations and succeeds in 2013.