The Eagles have released starting cornerback Cary Williams earlier today meaning that they are going to head into the upcoming season with two new starting cornerbacks. 30 year old Williams had started all regular-season and playoff games during his two seasons at the linc and unfortunately was part of a secondary that allowed the most passing yards in the NFL in 2013 and the second-most in 2014. Not something to add to your football resume.
Cary Williams has played the most snaps of any defensive back in the league during the course of the last four seasons.
The Eagles’ other starting cornerback Bradley Fletcher was already set to become a free agent on March 10th as was safety Nate Allen. It appears that Chip Kelly is trying to steer his defence in a new direction. It’s needed as well. There’s no point in scoring 45 points in a game if you’re going to concede 46. It’s been reported that Williams was not given an option to remain with the Eagles at a reduced salary. Kelly is obviously trying to free up salary cap space. This, along with the franchise tag not being added to Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin could well be a sign of the times. Things are changing in Philadelphia and they’re changing fast.