The Philadelphia Eagles have busted out of their slumber and gone to work. Thursday morning they traded a fifth round pick to New Orleans for Darren Sproles.
Now Adam Schefter reports that Philly has reached agreement with free agent cornerback Nolan Carroll.
This concerns Viking fans because Carroll was believed to be on the short list of cornerbacks drawing interest from Mike Zimmer as part of his defensive rebuild.
The former Dolphin Carroll is a larger, longer-armed corner with the necessary physical attributes to play man coverage. The Vikings are in dire need of man cover corners as they switch over to Zimmer’s system.
The Vikings will now have to look elsewhere for a corner. Chris Cook is still a possibility, but he reportedly is being pursued by the 49ers.
With Carroll off the market, the similarly-proportioned Cook should come off quickly as well. The Vikings may end up out in the cold in this whole cornerback deal.
The team is reportedly looking at Captain Munnerlyn, but he figures best as a slot corner rather than an outside player.