PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles continued to revamp their roster Thursday by signing former Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin to a six-year deal, former New York Giants S Kenny Phillips to a one-year deal and ex-Baltimore CB Cary Williams for three years.
As a result, the Eagles' starting defense may feature six players who were not on the team a week ago. Two days before adding Barwin, Phillips and Williams, they signed S Patrick Chung, CB Bradley Fletcher and DT Isaac Sopoaga.
"This is going to be a great opportunity for us," Fletcher said Thursday at the NovaCare Complex. "There's going to be a lot of competition and we're looking forward to it."
Barwin is expected to line up at outside linebacker in the Eagles' new 3-4 defense. He registered 11 sacks two seasons ago while playing with current Eagles middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans in Houston.
"We like guys that play hard and fast and Connor fits that mold," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Thursday. "He plays like his hair's on fire."
Chung and Phillips will be vying for starting jobs with holdovers Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman. Fletcher and Williams will be competing with Brandon Boykin and Curtis Marsh after the Eagles released CB Nnamdi Asomugha and allowed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to become a free agent.
Rodgers-Cromartie signed a one-year deal Wednesday with Denver.