Carroll Jr. is more of a depth signing at this point, and can contribute to the struggling Eagles secondary. Their whole goal this off-season was to upgrade those positions.
He’s also been rated as a negative in pass coverage, yet had three interceptions in 12 starts. The Eagles like his press-coverage abilities, and may see additional time on special teams.
In 2012, the veteran became a starter when corner back Richard Marshall went down with a season-ending injury.
Carroll Jr. is the second free agent signing for the secondary, as the team recently signed free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins. The former New Orleans Saints player signed with the team after it failed to sign two other top safeties on the market.
Jairus Byrd, who was not re-signed with the Buffalo Bills, signed with the Saints. Then, T.J. Ward, who was with the Cleveland Browns, signed with the Denver Broncos, which left Jenkins as the top remaining safety left on the open market.