Already rostering two 30-something cornerbacks, the Eagles spent Tuesday trying into one other one. They introduced in Bradley Roby for an audition, per Field Yates of ESPN.com. It appears to be like to have gone properly, with The Score’s Jordan Schultz reporting Roby is signing with the staff. It’s unclear simply but if that is an active-roster or observe squad settlement.
The Saints launched Roby on roster-cutdown day in August. The previous first-round decide had been a free agent since. Roby, 31, has made 60 profession begins however was an off-the-bench common for a lot of his profession, working as a Broncos sub-package nook for years. The Eagles have their high nickel nook, Avonte Maddox, out with a torn pectoral muscle.
Philadelphia made a substantial commitment to its 2022 starting duo — Darius Slay–James Bradberry — by extending Slay and re-signing Bradberry. Each are over 30, with Slay 32 and Bradberry turning 30 this offseason. That is the NFL’s solely staff to have two 30-something corners put in as common starters.
New Orleans rostered Roby for 2 seasons, buying him from the Texans earlier than the 2021 marketing campaign. The Saints pivoted to youthful choices, in Paulson Adebo and Alontae Taylor, alongside ace Marshon Lattimore. Roby labored as each a New Orleans starter and a backup throughout his tenure with the staff.
The Eagles positioned Maddox on IR final month; he suffered the torn pec in Week 2. Maddox, who has operated as Philly’s main slot nook for years, missed time on account of separate accidents final season however was again within the playoffs. That timeline could not recur this yr, and the Eagles are including a veteran to the equation. Roby has largely labored as an out of doors cowl man. His CB3 function in Denver’s former “No Fly Zone” secondary concerned Chris Harris shifting from an out of doors spot to the slot in sub-packages. Roby labored alongside All-Execs Harris and Aqib Talib for 4 seasons in Denver, the place he gained a Tremendous Bowl, however was not deemed a precedence after his 2018 fifth-year choice season.
Whereas Bradberry has lined up outdoors for practically his total profession, the Eagles shifted the previous Panthers and Giants mainstay into the slot just lately. This setup has helped cowl for Maddox. The much less skilled Mario Goodrich had stuffed in for Maddox after he went down, and the Eagles have additionally used rookie security Sydney Brown inside. However Brown missed the NFC champions’ Week 4 sport on account of a hamstring damage. Bradberry, who re-signed on a three-year deal price $38M in March, had additionally taken slot reps through the Eagles’ coaching camp.
Roby would stand to offer the Eagles with veteran insurance coverage. He signed two contracts with the Texans, the second a three-year, $31.5M deal. The Ohio State product performed on that contract for 2 Saints seasons, however the staff lower bait forward of the third. A foot damage despatched Roby to IR final season, however he returned to complete out the yr with New Orleans. Professional Soccer Focus considered Roby as a middling nook in 2021 however graded him as a bottom-10 nook throughout his injury-abbreviated 2022 slate.