Eagles' Free Agent Cornerback Ronald Darby Meeting With Chiefs

Free agent cornerback Ronald Darby, one of the Eagles' starting cornerbacks during the Super Bowl run, has a visit scheduled Wednesday night with the Chiefs, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Darby is only 25 but entering his fifth NFL season. The Eagles acquired him from the Bills in a trade prior to the 2017 season for Jordan Matthews. Injuries limited him to just eight games in 2017 and nine games last year. He had four interceptions in those 17 games.

Darby, in a recent podcast with Rapoport, made it clear he hoped to stay with the Eagles and also said the Eagles hoped to re-sign him.

It's not clear what Darby's value is on the open market, considering he's missed large chunks of the last two seasons and is still rehabbing an ACL injury.

But when healthy, Darby is a fast, capable, young cornerback.

The Eagles have a deep stable of young cornerbacks in Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, Avonte Maddox, Crevon LeBlanc and Jalen Mills, all of whom are relatively inexpensive. 

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If the Eagles do want to retain Darby it's hard to imagine they'll get into a bidding war for him. We'll see if Howie Roseman comes up with a counter-offer if the Chiefs make him an offer, which they presumably will.

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Darby earned $1.008139 million last year on the final year of the four-year, $4.579691 million rookie deal he signed with the Bills in 2015. 

Pro sports salary site spotrac projects an annual salary of nearly $11 million for Darby on the open market. 

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