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Nolan Carroll Extension Is A Good Move For Eagles

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Is A Nolan Carroll Contract Extension A Good Thing?

PHILADELPHIA – Eagles are heading into a very big off-season where they will aim to bolster a solid base defensive group, while still looking to aid an offense led by Rookie Carson Wentz. With a week left in 2016 season, Eagles Brass has already begun the process with news coming this morning of a Nolan Carroll contract extension in works.

This is a good move for a couple of reasons. The first being that Howie Roseman, again this year, is looking to lock up players before free agency hits. For a second consecutive year the NFL Salary Cap is expected to make a pretty significant jump, with a projected raise of another $10 million in 2017 awarded to each team. Being able to ink players before they know what the future cap is exactly, will potentially allow Roseman and Co. to get better contract value.

That aside, Nolan Carroll has served very well as number two cornerback in this aggressive Jim Schwartz scheme. As the season has progressed Carroll has become more comfortable and shown the ability to disrupt plays, recording 14 passes deflected (2nd on team) while playing 89% of this years defensive snaps (Leading All Eagle Cornerbacks).

With roughly $9.5 million in cap available at this point, the Eagles will have to make each move this offseason with extreme precision. Expect to see some bigger names let go via cap casualties and a few restructures as well. For this offseason to reach maximum potential a lot things will need to happen. Names to keep an eye heading into 2017: Bennie Logan, Conor Barwin, Jason Kelce, Jason Peters and Mychal Kendricks.

Rookie Jaylen Mills has improved with each game and is shaping up to be a great late round pick for the Eagles, moving forward he will likely takeover the slot corner position. Being able to lock up Carroll will leave the Eagles looking for a true number 1 to play outside, which can easily be found in this years draft class.  If the Eagles choose to attack this need in the first round in attempt acquire a “true top round talent”, Sidney Jones may be someone to watch leading up to the draft and should be on the board when the Eagles are selecting.

While many will not be happy with this move for their own reasons, it is a very smart signing and will certainly make filling needs this offseason easier the Eagles. It also may allow them the look for an offensive weapon in the first round, a true impact player like Dalvin Cook would certainly help the Eagles struggling run game and would in turn help setup the pass.