The offseason in Philadelphia has been hugely complicated for the Eagles on so many levels. Head coach Chip Kelly was afforded the total power of all operations at the NFC East team this offseason, which has had devastating consequences for many players in the organization.
Star running back LeSean McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills, while former starting quarterback Nick Foles was traded to the St. Louis Rams. Kelly also released several stars on the defensive side of the ball, with Trent Cole and Cary Williams leaving the franchise.
But Philadelphia haven't just let go of players, the Eagles have also made some serious signings in the cornerback department, which includes the acquisition star corner Byron Maxwell from the Seattle Seahawks.
Walter Thurmond was also signed by the Eagles after making the switch from New York Giants, but the presence of three new cornerback rookies as well as Maxwell had created a selection headache for Chip Kelly ahead of the new season.
That headache was relieved on Monday following Thurmond's decision to change position. The one-time Super Bowl winner from his time in Seattle believes that the change will benefit both him and the team in the long-term.
“I chose to go to the safety because of the defense we play — there’s going to be a lot of opportunities to make plays on the ball,” Thurmond said, according to ProFootballTalk. “They felt confident in me to be able to move to that position.”
Thurmond has the added advantage of knowing Kelly's scheme extremely well, having played for the HC at Oregon - and Kelly is glad to have him on board.
“He’s always around the ball,” Kelly explained. “I think he’s had a lot of experience playing nickel, so he’s been an inside guy. He can see things. He’s very intelligent. He’s an intuitive football player. He is the first guy out of that corner mix that is getting a shot at inside.”