After a quiet Day #2 that did not consist of any big news, other than Ricky Jean Francois leaving without a contract, the Philadelphia Eagles struck big on Day 3 of Free Agency. They signed three players: CB Cary Williams from the Superbowl Champion Ravens, S Kenny Phillips from the Giants, and OLB Connor Barwin from the Texans.
There is a mild concern about each player. Williams has a previous suspension for personal conduct issues, Phillps has been injury prone, and Barwin’s sack total dropped from 11 sacks in 2011 to just 3 sacks in 2012. Williams was signed to a 3-year, $17 million dollar contract which means he will start next year. Phillips was signed to just a one-year deal, as he needs to prove his durability. The biggest contract of the three was the 6 year, $36 million dollar deal that Connor Barwin received (although the Eagles can get out of it after only two years). He will be reuniting with Demeco Ryans as the Eagles rebuild their defense to a 3-4.
The question that was raised with the Barwin signing is, who does he replace? Some have speculated that it spells the end for Trent Cole. The Eagles denied that possibility, but rarely is a team forthcoming when a player is put on the trade block.