Anyone who claimed the Dallas Cowboys are being dormant in free agency is eating their words right about now.
After Dallas retained wide receiver Terrance Williams and signed defensive tackle Stephen Paea to a one-year deal, they went a scooped up a former division rival, defensive back Nolan Carroll, locking him up with a three-year, $10 million contract.
Carroll, who was drafted in the fifth round by the Miami Dolphins in 2010, will help add an insurance policy to a depleted Cowboys’ secondary, as Dallas watched safety Barry Church bolt to the Jacksonville Jaguars and backup J.J. Wilcox agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne are still free agents as well, and with the rest of the NFC East teams making big splashes at the wide receiver position, beefing up their secondary became a major necessity for “America’s Team.” Adding Carroll also gives Dallas more leverage in free agency and makes their need to target a defensive back in the draft drop a little bit.
Carroll has registered eight interceptions and 265 total tackles in his career and has had 20 pass deflections in the past two seasons. Coming from the Eagles, he already has plenty of knowledge about the NFC East and may be a valuable asset in divisional games, as he is well aware what kinds of plays Philadelphia runs.