McKelvin has been the most impressive Eagles cornerback throughout OTAs according to coach Doug Pederson, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. McKelvin is a new addition to the Eagles' secondary after being released by the Bills in early-March, but it looks like the move could be beneficial in terms of McKelvin's IDP value as he's proven this offseason to possibly enter Week 1 as the team's top cornerback. Eric Rowe, a 2015 second-round pick, could also quickly develop into a solid candidate to start on the outside as well.
McKelvin agreed to a two-year contract with the Eagles, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. The 11th overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, McKelvin was a bit of a late bloomer at cornerback, but he mostly played well when he was healthy the past few seasons. The Bills are set with Ronald Darby and Stephen Gilmore as their corner duo of the future, whereas the Eagles have far less certainty at the position. McKelvin turns 31 in September and will likely compete for a starting job. He's also a capable return man and possibly even a candidate to play safety.
McKelvin was released by the Bills on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. McKelvin, who has spent the first eight years of his career in Buffalo, will now become a free agent. He missed the first seven games of last season as he recovered from a broken ankle. In nine games he logged 32 tackles and two interceptions. The 30-year-old has been a starter throughout his career with the Bills and should attract some attention in the free agency.
McKelvin, who missed the first seven games of the season as he recovered from a broken ankle the previous season, ended up playing in nine games for the Bills in 2015. He logged 32 tackles and two interceptions. McKelvin didn't seem to miss a beat when he returned. Even though rookie Ronald Darby had taken over the No. 2 cornerback spot across from Stephon Gilmore by then - quite capably, mind you - McKelvin was an important midseason addition given that he was able to serve as a safety given all kinds of injuries to that group. McKelvin also started at cornerback once Gilmore was lost for the final four weeks with a shoulder injury. With Gilmore and Darby back for another season, McKelvin - assuming the Bills keep him and his high salary around - may have to serve as the versatile backup in 2016.
McKelvin's teammate Stephon Gilmore has been placed on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury. That means McKelvin, who saw action on all 77 of the team's defensive snaps Sunday at Philadelphia, should finish the season as the starting cornerback opposite Ronald Darby. McKelvin put up five tackles and had his first interception of the season in the loss, and should be fairly productive the rest of the way now that he's healthy and has resumed a starting role.
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