Today, the Eagles start to address their cornerback problems by signing Leodis McKelvin to a two-year deal worth a little over $6 mil, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. This is the Eagles first signing of the off-season, but their third move. Their first two moves involved trades in shipping out Demarco Murray to the Titans and sending Alonso and Maxwell to Miami.
Next, McKelvin has had an up and down career and never lived up to his 11th overall status of the 2008 NFL draft, but he has been a steady corner as of depth. He is a good slot corner that can play on the outside against number two receivers, but gets burnt by number ones. Injuries have directed his career so far, but hopefully a new change in scenery can help him.
In addition, McKelvin will rejoin Jim Schwartz in Philly after their time together in Buffalo. The Bills wanted to keep McKelvin, but he did not wanted to rework his deal, which lead to his release in Buffalo with one year remaining on his current deal.
Now, Philly needs new corners after having bad success with the current ones on the roster, but he will join Eric Rowe, Jaylen Watkins, Randall Evans, and JaCorey Shepherd in a young group. McKelvin looks like either the number one or two corner.
Finally, the 30-year-old corner was ranked 83rd out of 111 qualified cornerbacks. Now, McKelvin finished the 2015 season with 32 tackles, 2 interceptions, 9 pass deflections, and one fumble recovery. Do not forget that McKelvin is a good kick and punt returner, but with Sproles in town still, he should retain that role.