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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: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:45 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

It's funny that you say that about Revis considering Revis was one of the players that liked the idea of playing along with Asomugha the most. Good thing you listen to statements these guys make before you put false information up here. Revis wanted Nnamdi, there wasn't going to be any jealousy there. Yea the Jets are up and down, it's not like the made the AFC championship game 2 years in a row

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:45 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Great signing by Eagles wouldn't be surprised if one of the corners is not moved to safety or else Samuel is on the block. Great moves by the Eagles to act quickly and get  the top prizes out there.
Now promise me, that you now have all the pieces, that when Andy Reid gets outcoached in the playoffs, like every year ( remember the schooling Gruden gave him everytime they met) you will replace him with someone capable of thinking fast enough to win a Super Bowl.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:43 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi




Andy MUTHAF**KIN Reid... you sandbaggin son of a B**CH! LOL 

Backdoor? F that, the Eagles dug a tunnel straight into the kitchen. 

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:42 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Asomugha wanted to win it was that simple. He didn't go to the Jets because he had enough drama in Oakland for a career and figured his best chance to win was Philly.  People who talk about how it was all about the money don't know anything about Nnamdi. He is the BEST corner in the league and now is on one of the strongest teams. Yes he and Revis would have made an interesting duo, but Revis would have had a hissy because Asomugha would have shown him who was better and Revis wouldn't have been able to handle it. Nnamdi no doubt knows this. Philly was a wise choice, it's a stable franchise that is always in the mix. The Jets are up and down.
Dallas never had a chance Asomugha said so in Jan but no one was paying attention. It came down to the Jets and Philly, and Philly has a better offense to take them farther.

Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:41 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Just curious... but if the Eagles were to trade Asante or DRC... what would each fetch on the market?  A 2nd round pick for Asante or a 3rd round pick for DRC?  Something like that?

As a Jets fan, I'd be interested in DRC for a 3rd round pick.  Even a 3rd + a late rounder...  

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:40 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

The toughest division in football last year? I hope you're not talking about the NFC East.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:39 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

This takes away my hope that the Giants could win the division. How are you gonna pass against that secondary?? I think Eli had like 10 turnover's in 2 games against the Eagles last year, make it 20 this season. Damn do i hate those Eagles!!

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:39 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

How sad would this be for long-suffering Philly fans to see a defense that can stop most teams and something happens to Mike Vick?

I don't wish the guy bad things, but he does open himself up to injury with his style of play.  I hope Eagles fans aren't looking at Vince Young trying to save their season at any time this year.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:38 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

No chance?  Says who?  I'm a Giants fan, and I'm not going to say that... they were the division winners, in arguably the toughest division in football.  With great moves this off-season.  Here's hoping we sign Plax cause we need him, Nicks, and Manningham (especially if Smith can't come back), cause with these guys, they can definitely bring the blitz and man up on the outsides.  Asante Samuel just became the no. 2 for crying out loud, and that's saying something.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:37 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

What don't you guys understand. Today was day 3, first of all. Second, yes it was only day 3, but free agency period this year is only 4/5 days, not months like normal. So yes, that's a long time

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