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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 16, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:09 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

as long as jets keep cromartie, who can pass on them?

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:22 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Didn't the Raiders beat everyone in their division last year...twice?

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:19 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Personally, I am very happy for The Philadelphia Eagles!  They are making a commitment to wining.  They are signing key players to be very competitive in the NFC as well as entire NFL.  Everybody knows that the NFL has become a passing league.  And you need great defensive backs to be able to defend great passing teams such as the Patriots, Colts, and Saints.  The Eagles are taking these steps.  Their offense is already set.  Michael Vick will make sure the offense will cover their end.  And come February, the Eagles will be hoisting the Lombardi trophy.

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 8:26 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

OUCH! don't be so bitter dude.  This is a sports site anyway.  TMZ has a site for your Adam Sandler rants. (I'm guessing you already know that)

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:21 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Hey jmartin; Sandler is a no talent hack that produces these mind-numbing dramas/comedies. The dude has elevated the dumbness of this country with his forgettable flicks, but idiots throughout our country flock to his formula movies that promise giggles and little else. He gets a hot chick or two; throws in one of his pals; then tosses in some cameos from B-list celebs and makes 80 mill on opening weekend. Maybe this clown isn't so stupid as much as he knows what sells in 21st century America.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:07 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Wow, you really went hard on Adam Sandler.  Maybe you need a sense of humor or a sense of professionalism.

Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:19 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

I think the eagles just won the division

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:20 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Eagles signed Cullen Jenkins from the Packers. Yeah I think Asante gets traded for sure now. Maybe the Cardinals will give them two #1 draft picks for him :)

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 4:59 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Hmmm, couldve sworn the story yesterday was for him it was between jets & cowgirls

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 4:39 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Hey Haywood; that was some deep stuff my man. Unfortunately, 90% of the clowns on any NFL web site have no idea what or where Gettysburg is. You're wondering if half of these dudes went to boot camp? How about 1 out of 100. Hell, the majority of these cats dropped out of high school and to ask them to be charitable is noble, it's also unrealistic. Remember bro, these losers need every nickel to pound down as many Old Style's on football Sundays as they possibly can before they puke their guts out.
Thanks man, sometimes perspective needs to be spood fed.  Cheers sir!

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