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Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:04 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 9:03 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

All day long in our live, updating Free Agency Experience, everyone wanted to know whether Nnamdi Asomugha was going to the Jets or the Cowboys.

The answer? Neither, because he's headed to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The team announced the deal shortly after 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday and Nnamdi has signed a five-year, $60 million deal with $25 million guaranteed that no one saw coming.

"Howie and Joe worked their tail off and put together this phenomenal plan," Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said. "They came out of the gates like wild men and attacked the issue. Neither one of them has had much sleep. But they've rewarded our football team and the city of Philadelphia with some great players."

It's an absolute slam dunk for Philadelphia, a team that never looked like they were truly in the running for Asomugha, and it makes Nnamdi the richest cornerback in the NFL.

 "He's one of the best - if not the best - cornerback in the National Football League," Reid said. "He'll be a great addition to our cornerback corps. Right now."

What makes this one of the more bizarre and suspenseful free-agent signings in the history of the NFL is that all day long, the Jets and Cowboys were leading the chase for Asomugha. But shortly before six-o-clock, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported that the Jets were out of the running for Nnamdi. A few moments later Manish Mehta of the New York Post confirmed that report.

Free Agency Frenzy

One obvious "problem" for the Eagles is that they're suddenly loaded with top-flight cornerbacks, with Asante Samuel already on the roster and having just recently acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Cardinals in the infamous Kevin Kolb trade.

 "We have three good cornerbacks," Reid said. "It reminds me a little bit of when we had (Pro Bowl cornerbacks) Al (Harris), Troy (Vincent) and Bobby Taylor."

There's been some speculation about whether or not Samuel will be actually be a part of the team's plans going forward, considering that he wasn't at camp on Friday.

 "That's a personal excused absence that Asante's dealing with," Roseman said.

He also pointed out that having a surplus of cornerbacks isn't necessarily a bad thing.

 "It's always been a priority position for us," Roseman said. "Corners, pass rushers, and we felt like last year, we were in a situation where maybe we got a little short-handed, and we thought it was a place that we wanted to go heavy and have a lot of talent at.

"You can never have enough cover corners. That helps your pass rush and when you have an opportunity to add the players we added, we just thought we had to add those guys."

So it meant, obviously, that the Cowboys were wrapping up a deal to land Nnamdi, right? Wrong -- Clarence Hill, Jr of the Dallas Star-Telegram reported that Dallas was out of the running for Nnamdi too, citing a text message from Asomugha's agent.

"The Cowboys are not in the Nnamdi sweepstakes," Asomugha's agent Ben Dogra said in a text message to Hill on Friday.

Adam Schefter then reported that the Eagles backdoored the entire NFL and -- poof! -- just like that, everything we knew about how the Nnamdi sweepstakes went down changed entirely.

Jerry Jones not only got beat for the biggest free agent on the market in 2011, but he got beat by a division rival and a team that is absolutely one of the primary favorites to win the Super Bowl given their defensive improvements and offensive explosiveness.

It was a wild, wild ride all week long leading up to the final announcement at 6 p.m., too. At one point, the Texans were reportedly in the lead for Asomugha, but they bailed on getting too involved in the chase to pick up Johnathan Joseph.

Then it appeared to be the Cowboys and Jets all the way up until late on Friday (Jerry Jones later said that the Cowboys were indeed "close"). But somehow, the Eagles played everyone -- and I mean everyone -- for suckers all the way up until the end, when they swooped in, landed Nnamdi and cranked up their chances at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.

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Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:05 pm
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Since: Jun 12, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:03 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

The Eagles set themselves up nice for the teams like the Giants and the Packers who can send 3 top receivers out there in a spread, but they are vulnerable to the Tight End coming out. They need Linebacker help. Great move by Andy Reid

Since: Jul 6, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:59 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

I love it !! all week long all we hear is how can any offense draw up a game plan against the Jets!! with the 2 best corner backs in the NFL..and then he signs with the Eagles!! not too sexy now are you REXY?? this is very good news for my PATRIOTS..I know the Jets got us last year in the playoffs but picture this...3rd and 5 and the Pats send out Ocho..Branch..Wes..with Woodhead or Ellis in the Backfield..and throw in Gronk and or Hernandez at tight we still have Tate as an option...gonna be a fun year!!!!!!!!!!!!!P.A.T.S

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:59 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

....once the Eagles sign him that is =)...

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:59 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

The way the Eagles are bringing in CBs they must really be afaid of Austin, Bryant and Witten!  Laughing

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:58 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Good luck, Nnamdi. 

Dude went from an unknown late first rounder (I remember listening to draft coverage on the old XTRA690 in San Diego and the crowd at Seau's laughing when his name was called) to a $60mil man.

He's got a strong mental makeup so I don't think the $60mil will hurt his drive. My only concern for him is he's really not been tested in years. Either the Raiders were getting blownout and nobody passed on them or teams just ignored his side when they had to. On the Eagles, it will be a different story. He'll see plenty of action. Should be interesting! 


Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:58 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Motownkit...if ye were talking to me yes, it was a bit of a sarcasm...BUT, they can keep em all fresh all game rotating them in and out, the signing doesn't hurt anyone in the equation, and most importantly... he won't be covering D. Jack....

Still good times and all the different perspectives on kinda odd but could be fun to watch.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:57 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

This is a prime example of why I read the "expert" rumors/leaks as pure fluff.  Player X is signing with Team A unless Team B can get him.  The next thing you know Team Z picks him up.  OK...go figure.  We see this so much, so few people want to get the right story, they just want to get the first story.  "A source close to the negotiations", said they are leaning this way or that way.  OK...that and $5 will buy you a drink at Starbucks.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:53 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

For the jealous Cowboy fans... The Cowboys didn't get Nnamdi because they didn't have enough cap space.  In fact, they were way over the cap before the latest cuts and would not have been able to fill other needs if they spent the cash on Nnamdi.  Don't give me this b.s. about the Cowboys not being willing to spend too much!  They already spent too much before the season even started and they surely would have given it up if they were in position to do so. 

A truely objective "football fan" would be able to acknowledge that this was a nice move by the Eagles and give them credit for a nice offseason game plan.  This doesn't guarantee anything but it definately makes us better.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:51 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi


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