Just across the free agency wire comes the news from Philadelphia that the Eagles were able to shore up their secondary in a big way. The Eagles have signed a one year deal with former Giants safety Kenny Phillips, and former Ravens corner Cary Williams has agreed to a 3 year deal with the team. General manager Howie Roseman has worked tirelessly this free agent period, as Williams and Phillips became the sixth and seventh free agents signed by the Eagles this year. Philadelphia was expected to be very active during this period due to their surplus of cap room (over $40 million) and they have not disappointed.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the Eagle’s defense looks to be about set for the upcoming season with the additions of Phillips and Williams. Kenny Phillips is a six year veteran out of the University of Miami, and played five seasons with Philadelphia’s arch rival, the New York Giants. Phillips has over 200 tackles and 8 interceptions on his resume as a pro. The Eagles secondary will now include Williams and Bradley Fletcher on the outside, Phillips and either Patrick Chung or Colt Anderson depending on game situations, with Brandon Boykin in the slot.
Cary Williams from Baltimore is the more promising of a singing due to his youth and play-making speed. Williams was drafted by Tennessee, then traded to Baltimore in 2009, where he spent the rest of his five seasons in the NFL. Williams has 4 interceptions to his name, and just under 150 tackles for his career. His deal is reportedly worth $17 million over three years with $10.5 guaranteed.
Philadelphia now has set up a competition at the safety position, between last years under-performing safeties Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman, in addition to Colt Anderson, as well as new signings, Kenny Phillips and Patrick Chung. Chip Kelly has ties to Patrick Chung, as Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator at Oregon during Chung’s last two seasons at Oregon.
Eagles fans must be pleased with how their team has handled its business this free agency period, but the masterminds behind the birds revival are not finished yet. Howie Roseman and Tom Gamble also have their sights set on a right tackle, to protect projected starter Michael Vick‘s blind side. Reports have linked Philadelphia to both Sebastian Vollmer and Andre Smith, in addition to fallback option Eric Winston who was cut by the Chiefs.
Regardless of who else the Eagles may sign before April’s draft, Philadelphia’s front office has done an excellent job adding depth across the board, in addition to signing players who will fit well within Coach Kelly’s new fast-paced system. The promise of a brighter future is taking shape under new management, and while success may seem far away, Philadelphia will be a contender in the near future, you can count on that.Tags: Baltimore, Cary Williams, defense, draft, Football, free agency, Howie Roseman, improvement, Kenny Phillips, Miami, NFC East, NFL, Oregon, Patrick Chung, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Tom Gamble, Vick