With two starters on the open market, the Dallas Cowboys sign veteran cornerback Nolan Carroll via free agency, in a move to secure help secure their defensive secondary.
The Dallas Cowboys had a major problem to resolve heading into free agency this week. Three starters from their defensive secondary where scheduled to hit to open market. Those players being cornerbacks Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr and safety Barry Church. Of the three, only Church has been plucked away, officially signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday.
With both Carr and Claiborne in limbo, the Cowboys faced a serious dilemma. And that quandary became even more pressing as Dallas’ NFC East rivals began adding wide receiver weapons across the board via free agency.
Well, the Cowboys helped themselves on Friday by agreeing to terms with former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll. The deal is reportedly for three-years, at a cost of $10 million.
The Cowboys took a look at Carroll last March but passed. The 30-year corner soon rejoined the Eagles, racking up 55 total tackles, 11 pass defends and an interception, starting in all 16 games for Philly last season.
A fifth round selection out of Maryland back in 2010, Carroll spent his first four seasons as a member of the Miami Dolphins. He joined the Eagles in March of 2014 as a free agent.
With the addition of Carroll to their defensive secondary, the Cowboys have given themselves more leverage and freedom when it comes to both re-signing their own free agent cornerbacks and in the upcoming NFL Draft.