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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: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:51 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

To anyone saying the guy is overrated, he is not.  The Raiders, for better or worse, play almost exclusively man to man coverage (the only team in the NFL that does that).  They ask their CBs to stick with the top receivers in the game and to do it for an entire game.  (They also don't have their top corner follow around a top WR - simply playing the LCB, RCB all game).  They have little help over the top from the safeties and are left on an island.  Nnamdi succeeded in one of the toughest situations in sports.  And he's a great community guy as well.  One of the nicest guys in the game.  The Eagles got a great one here and I hope they appreciate him.

Its Stanford Routt's time now.  He's underrated and I hope they have an answer on the other side.   (Chris Johnson?  Chimdi Chekwa? Rodgers-Cromartie?  Carlos Rogers?)  Sad day to be an Aso fan and an Oakland fan. 

Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:50 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

WOW, The Eagles might have the best D in the NFC now with Asomugha, DRC and Babin signed up. If Jackson signs, the Eagles might be an NFC favorite to go to the SB. 

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:49 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Hey Sexy Rexy, you were probably only a couple of feet away. Haha!

Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:49 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Gee thanks Cardinals for making this move possible... Wow! I'm happy for the Eagles but also jealous. I mean you've got 3 better CB's than the Bears. When we play you after our bye week, in week 8, you better not pick off Cutler 7x and break some NFL record. (you heard it 1st here)

You've got Mike Vick, talented WRs and will have an improved pass rush. You're my Super Bowl pick.
You better represent the NFC well this time and beat the stinkin Pats.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:47 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Nice all they need is a QB.

Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:47 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Eagles still are not going anywhere.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:46 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

1- season doesn't make you a Franchise QB(Vick)
1 season doesn't exclude you either.  He did go to the Pro Bowl before he was with the Eagles....and before the Pro Bowl really sucked (it sucked, but not really sucked).

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:44 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Whats the over/under on NY Jet fans saying we never really wanted him anyways?  I say we will either be hearing that or the pereniall favorite, we don't need him to beat the Patriots.

IMO with that very modest contract he had no intention of signing in NY.  He was playing Fatty Rex like a fiddle.  Maybe if the fat slob got down and licked his feet Nnamdi would have re thought it. 

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:44 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

If u don't make D. Jackson happy then it doesn't matter who u have in the secondary because you will have a big GOOSE EGG on the other side of the ball, plus 1- season doesn't make you a Franchise QB(Vick) (just because you got paid like one) just ask Scott Mitchell.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:44 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Way to make a blanket statement like "No receivers in the AFC West".  The Chiefs #1 WR last year lead the league in TDs for most of the season.  The Chargers have one of the best offenses in the league and the Broncos throw the ball all day long.  But, you are right, there are no good receivers in the AFC West.  There aren't any good receivers on the other 8 teams the Raiders played either.  And the Raiders, they sucked last year, winning 8 games.  I mean, everyone didn't throw to Asomugha because they were 2450923850 points up and it didn't matter anyway.

Get a clue.

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