Thursday, March 14, 2013

Birds continue rebuilding secondary

The Philadelphia Eagles continued to revamp their embattled secondary on Thursday, signing former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams to a three-year deal, and ex-New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips to a one-year contract.

Williams started all 16 games for the Super Bowl-champion Ravens in 2012, recording 67 tackles, four interceptions and 17 passes defended. Originally a seventh-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2008, Williams, 28, joined the Ravens in 2009 and earned a starting role in 2011.

"New team...New opportunities! Ready to fly with the Eagles," read Williams' tweet upon completion of the deal.

Phillips, meanwhile, played five season in North Jersey and proved to be a playmaker in the secondary, albeit an injury-prone one at times.

The University of Miami product amassed 263 total tackles with eight interceptions and 26 passes defended with Big Blue. Originally a first-round selection of the Giants in 2008, Phillips, 26, starred during the team's Super Bowl championship season in 2011, with a career-high four interceptions and 72 tackles.

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