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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 7:35 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

I never said there was anything about the Jets agreeign to terms with Asomugha, so I'm not sure where you took that from. Players have been agree to terms (whatever you want to call it) for 3 days now. Official or unofficial, players were still locked up. If you don't understand or can't accept that players agreed to contracts with teams over the past 2 days, that's your problem. Taking advantage of your demand is fine, but keeping teams hostage like he did was wrong when the free agency period is condensed to 3 or 4 days. Maybe you don't understand that part, it was official today at 6, but things were still agreed to because this period was so short.

I never said unethical either. Unethical and unprofessional are 2 totally different things. And no it's not because we were on the losing end of the bargain, it's because he took his time (sorry if you can't acceppt that) and prevented them from signing some other players. The Jets already had $10 million of cap room, so stop spurting out lies if you don't know the facts. I really don't care that he's not signing with the Jets, im mad because he stopped us from signing someone like Brad Smith and others.  I bashed Revis last year, and still upset about what he did last year. So don't put words in my mouth. What Revis did was wrong, but he was still committed to the team and wasn't going anywhere. Asomugha wasn't committed and screwed them. So stop with the homer crap and understand the facts and don't put words in my mouth because you don't know me

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:35 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Looks like the only giant splash the Jets will make is Rexy jumping into his pool causing a tidal wave to hit the jersey shore.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:33 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi


Very impressed with what the Eagles did this offseason.  The offense was already in place, now they have will almost certainly be a top 5 unit. 

Babin was a great addition, then Rodgers-Cromartie .............. but to throw in the top CB in the NFL?????

I still think the Packers are the favourites for the Super Bowl, but the Eagles just narrowed the gap to a hair.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:33 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

What can you say - the guy went to what is arguably the worst sports city on this earth with no chance of winning the super bowl - it's all about the money

Don't be so bitter little fella.  Your team the Jets has a good chance this year and so does Phili.  Just because Nnamdi chose Phili over the Jets doesn't mean you need to ball your eyes out like a little boy.  I'm not a fan of either team but man do I hate NFL fans like you.  Fans like you can't be objective for even one second.  All you know and follow is your favourite team and other then that you know nothing.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:32 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi


The Eagles will be tough to beat this year...

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:31 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Good for Philly, I am a Giant fan and not looking forward to playing them-what was Philly's cap # before that deal?

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:29 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

No chance to win a Superbowl? Are you an idiot? They are now a top 3 contender for it this year, with probably the best secondary in the league and one of the most explosive offences and potentially the best player (Michael Vick). You clearly have no knowledge about the NFL.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:28 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Gotbaseball, you claim Nnamdi took long?  Come on!  Its the second day that free agents have been able to sign in the NFL.  Man, get over the "world starts and stops in NY" line.  He went to the highest bidder, and on a contender.  If he wasn't going to do that, he would have stayed in Oakland (he's a Berkely guy).  That's all.

I agree with most of what you said except for the last line of your post.  The Oakland Raiders NEVER had a chance to sign Nnamdi.  Zero chance is what they had.  Nnamdi had no interest at all in staying in Oakland, he wanted the most money he could get and wanted to play on what he believes will be a team that can win a Superbowl.... Oakland was not that team in his opinion, thus, he's gone.<span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #333333; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">
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Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:26 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Nothing was official until 6pm today in terms of free agent signings.  It was not allowed.  Period.  There was nothing reported about the Jets agreeing to terms verbally with Asomugha.  He was the highest rated FA and he (and his agent) took advantage of the demand for his services like any smart business person would.  Its not unethical, it only appears that way because you are on the losing end of the bargain.  The Jets had to make cap room to enter the equation.  Thats how it works.  Sometimes you get the guy and sometimes you don't.

You are just bitter that someone doesn't want to play for the a-hole that calls himself a coach, Rex Ryan.  You are clearly playing favorites by not bashing Revis for not being a team player because he is on your team.  Its easier to bash the guy that apparently screwed your team and not the guy on your team.  Way to be a homer. 

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:26 pm
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