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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: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:58 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Kyle Wilson was a number one draft pick, have the Jets given up on him after just one season?  I can understand the lure of Asomugha, but unless Wilson is a complete bust, who really cares that the guy went to Philly.
This is what I don't understand - the two teams with arguably the best secondaries were the two of three teams vying for arguably the best CB in the game.

Not sure why the Jets didn't just focus on re-signing Cromartie. Why tie up a huge chunk of your salary cap in the backfield? Yeah, it would be awesome, but it would cost you at other positions. Like, um, a pass rusher...

As for the Eagles, Samuel and DRC would be one of the best tandems in football. Now this? The Eagles have a lot of holes to fill, too, so I don't quite get it. Don't get me wrong - great signing - but in the salary cap era, you can't shoot your wad at one position.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:54 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

I think sometimes fans take the business side of football too seriously.  Perhaps he had a really difficult time deciding between the Jets, Philly and Dallas (on a lesser scale.)  All three of those teams would be a great situation for him (especially Philly and the Jets).  Just because this is a shortened offseason doesn't mean a player should rush their decision.  Three days is fair.  Especially when your talking about where you are going to play and move your family for the next 5 years.   

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:52 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

They didn't give up on him, but he still young and didn't perform well last year. He isn't ready to take over the starting role, so a veteran is necessary

Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:50 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

This whole thing goes to show how clueless all of the writers are. They just make up lies and post them here.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:49 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

LMAO at the Dallas Cowboys. They're going to be DEAD LAST in the NFC East this yr. First they cut half the offensive line to save money, then they let Stephen Bowen, their 2nd best defensive player last season, go to the Skins.....and now they can't close the deal with Nnamdi. Like I said, DEAD LAST. I'm a Cowboys fan, but I know a loser when I see one.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:48 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Does this look anything like Cliff Lee to anyone??????

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:47 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Nope. Noboy is.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:46 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Raider Duck, thanks for the low down on Nnamdi. Living on the East Coast, we don't hear much about the Raiders(locker room stuff). I've always liked Nnamdi as a player and still believe Philly had a done deal for him last year w/ McNabb but Reid caved in to McNabb and didn't send him to Oakland. I'm not sure who our leader is, I know Cole is but we are a very young team. Our best players are very, very young. 

I'm not sure how we pay 2 top corners and 3 good corners as well as D. Jackson(last year under contract), Vick will also be a FA after this season. It seems like alot of money tied up between 5 players. Maclin and McCoy's contracts will be around the corner. It looks like Samuels will be the odd man out to me. I'd still like to do something w/ our O-line. Our O-Line is the reason Vick had to play last year and forced us to move on without Kolb. Vick has the ability to scramble and thats needed with a bad line. For this year, since we have the cap room, I'd keep all our corners but it seems like there has to be something else in the works. 

If we do keep all 3 corners, I would have Nnamdi shut down his side of the field and Samuels the other corner while DRC would fill in at FS and roll towards Samuels. Samuels is a gambler and having DRC over the top would be great help for a gambler like Samuels. Turner(if healthy and fully healed) would fill in at strong saftey to fill the void left by Q. Mikkel who left via FA. I'd say that would cover the back end of our "D". 


Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:46 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Salish Raider - you're a moron.
Nnamdi might be the best corner in the NFC now that he followed the money.
Going to the Jets would have given him a shot at stardom. He just lost his shot at a Super Bowl ring and a chance at the big time.
Too bad Nnamdi. Good luck to ya!


Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:46 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Kyle Wilson was a number one draft pick, have the Jets given up on him after just one season?  I can understand the lure of Asomugha, but unless Wilson is a complete bust, who really cares that the guy went to Philly.

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