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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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Comments

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

He was already the highest paid Cb in the league MORON.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Didn't everyone watch HBO Hard Knocks with the NY Jets last year?

The whole Revis docudrama exposed just how the Jets could be played.

NA's agent even had the Jets re-structuring contracts this afternoon in an effort to get his guy MORE money.

I hope we find out what the 49ers, Texans, Cowboys and Jets were offering.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Gees...Eagles wont have any money left over to pay D-Jackson. 



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

60 Million with 25 guaranteed. Let's see how well he plays after he gets his money.
He was the highest paid CB in the league until Revis cried to mommy for more money.  Still performed at an elite level.  Your point is way off base.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:06 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.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

60 Million with 25 guaranteed. Let's see how well he plays after he gets his money.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

For what it's worth I think the Packer's Ted Thompson has the right plan in NEVER overpaying for a free agent.  Not only does it upset the chemistry of the team, it also makes you manipulate the salary cap like the US Government manipulates our National Debt.  It will almost always bite you in the ass



Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

typical New Yorker, just because he didn't want to go to your crappy Jets or Giants doesn't make him second rate.  See your crappy teams in the gutter where I will find your teams.
Go Phila, Hey how about those Mets!



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:04 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

they signed vince young.  if being a backup makes gets him hungry to play the game, then the eagles could have gotten a steal.  he does have a good winning percentage as a starting qb in the nfl.  not a huge believer/supporter of youngs, but he is more than capable.



Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

MPouncy53 - you gotta atleast admit that the Eagles have made themselves much better this offseason with the acquisitions of Babin and now Nnamdi.  They were one play away from defeating the Packers last year and now, you won't find too many teams that will be able to pass on the Eagles the way they did last year. Besides, I'm sure you are enough of a football fan to know that it is very unlikely that the Packers and Steelers will represent their teams in the Superbowl in consecutive years.  It's not realistic to think that. 

I'm not predicting a Super Bowl victory for the Eagles but this definately makes them one of the top 4 favorites.   


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