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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 7:22 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Smart one, even though signings didn't become official until just now, there were dozens of contracts/agreemends made for the past few days. Or did you just ignore all of the contracts that were made the past few days? Revis holding out was unprofessional, never said it wasn't. But holding a team hostage in an incredibly diminished free agency period is unprofessional

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:21 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.

Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:20 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

I wanted him on the Jets, for sure, but I'm not all that disappointed to lose him.  We have more than 16 mil in cap space right now thansk to restructured contracts.  More than enough to retain Braylon Edwards + others.  As long as the Jets get Braylon back, and hopefully Shaun Ellis and a CB (doesn't have to be Cromartie, I'd take Carr) I'll be happy.

As to Asomugha on the Eagles, this is excellent for them.  And I'm not buying the talk that this means Asante is going to be pushed out.  I think they should keep both of them, and DRC.

Asomugha knows how to hit and cover.  He can make the Rod Woodson transition to Strong Safety in a few years.  Asante knows how to cover and make plays.  He can make the transition to Free Safety in a few years.  DRC can take the Nickel role for now, even though he's too talented for it, and rebuild his reputation and confidence.  When the Aso and Asante make the transition to Safety, DRC can move to the starting role.  

If the Eagles play the contracts right, there's no reason these 3 can't be on the team for the next half decade or more.  And good luck to the rest of the NFC East and their ability to pass on them.   

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:19 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

As a Raider season ticket holder, I hate to see him go. Great, great pickup by the Eagles today. Sad that the Raiders aren't a factor on their best players, yet they seem to love to pay out tens of millions to role playing warm bodies like Tommy Kelly. Awesome GM there.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:18 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Every team would have done the same thing and be "played" like the Jets were with Revis. The Jets talked about restructuring contracts before they even became serious about Nnamdi. They were being team players and wanted to put the team in the best position to win by giving up some money to get a better player. Unfortunately, Nnamdi doesn't understand the concept of team play and only cares about the money, surprise surprise. CHampionships don't mean anything to players anymore, it's all about the money

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:18 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Took his sweet time?  There were no official signings until an 75 minutes ago.  The Jets are going to quickly realize that the constant running of their mouths is going to be their undoing.

And for the record, holding out for more money by Darell Revis was NOT unprofessional, but being a free agent and holding out for the best deal BEFORE signing is even allowed is unprofessional.  You have worse logic than most Mets and Jets fans.

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:17 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

A NY team and a TX team in the lead for the #1 free agent in a sport only to have the Philadelphia team swoop in at apparently the last minute.  Sounds like the Cliff Lee signing all over again.
Nice analogy.

Wow, the Eagles backfield is really good now. I assume they are going to have to trade Samuel.

I have a hard time seeing anyone but Philly, GB, Atlanta and New Orleans challenging for the NFC (I'm really going out on a limb there, aren't I?).

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:15 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

I'm not going to even lie, when I heard that it was going to be between the Jets and Cowboys for Nnamdi's services I just knew that it was going to be the Cowboys coming out on top due to the Jerry Jones' factor and not to mention the Jets were only going to be able to offer Nnamdi oh-so much money,but the Eagles came in from the blindside and knocked everyone out with the signing of Nnamdi. The Eagles wasn't even considered in the equation to begin with.Surprised

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:14 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

No because that is ridiculous. No team is going to overhype something to screw themselves over. The Jets weren't even always considered the favorite, but for him to take his sweet ass time was unprofessional. Texans got lucky by pulling out, unfortunately the Jets didn't. Either way still wrong for him to take so long

Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:14 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Kudos to Nnamdi he took the money and ran with it, $12M/per n $25M guarenteed!?!?!?...don't know how the Jets were in the running with about $8M on the table.

Good luck being being the same pu$$y Cliff Lee is.

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