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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 6, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:44 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

shame they have an offensive cord.

Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:42 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Wow! Power move by the Eagles! That vaults them to the Top of the NFC!

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:41 pm

Watch out NFC East...

Fans of the Cowboys, Redskins, and Giants have already posted that the Eagles in the Super Bowl prediction is far fetched and to early to presume. you all are saying that your NFC East team can beat the Eagles...?  There is not better defensive team in the East now better then the Eagles, period.  You might say the East teams have running games....does this matter when the Eagles who could already stop the run, and now can presumably play man on both sides and put 8 in the box if they REALLY want to stop the run?  Nnamdi makes the Eagles instantly one of the best defensive units in the NFC if not the NFL because of the endless coverage and run stop possibilities this gives their defense.  Barring a catastrophe the Eagles should be the favorite to at least win the NFC East, most likely the NFC.  Anything can happen in the Superbowl, but I like their chances now more than I did before.

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:41 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

As I recall we beat the Giants twice last season. so much for that running game.

Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:40 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

The guy is overrated!!! and I am not saying that because I am a Giant fan, anybody who knows me will tell you I have been saying it for years.

1. Never has been to the playoffs and plays for a team, where you don't have to bother with, because there are holes everwhere on the defense, and he stays on one side of the field.

2. No receivers in the AFC West

3. Doesn't have great speed.

4. He is going to have to deal with loaded NFC East WR's

The Eagles will find a way to lose, and still have ZERO Super Bowls at the end of the season. 

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:40 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

You can gloat all you want, but both the Giants and the Cowboys have a running game.
Have you ever watched football before? Do you understand anything about the sport? How, when you can close off one aspect of the game with singleman coverage how it opens up endless possibilities for your defence? Statements like yours are laughably ignorant. Almost as bad as this whole article. How did they measure this supposed 2-horse race?
all day long, the Jets and Cowboys were leading the chase for Asomugha.
That is ridiculous! How did they suppose they knew that it was only them in the race at all? Stupid... Good job Philly. Now hopefully, for your fans sake your qb holds up health wise and suddenly figures out how to read blitzs! 

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:39 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

As a Raiders fan, I can give you the Good and the Bad with Nnamdi:

The Good: He's an awesome cover guy.

The Bad: Doesn't make many big plays, and is NOT any kind of vocal team leader. He's not a troublemaker or anything, but he's not going to get in someone's face if they're goofing off.

In other words, as long as you don't need some to fire the defense up, he'll be everything you need in a cover corner. Congrats! 

Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:39 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Great move for the Birds but by attention now goes to what happens with Asante? Are the Eagles going to make another deal for some linebacker help, which we all know as Eagle fans is a must. Who is out there and available? Samuels has to be the odd man out with the Birds giving up their top piece in Kolb for Cromartie. You can't pay three corners the money that these guys are going to make or do you need three corners. Maybe i'm on the wrong track here but I feel another deal coming involving Asante Samuels. So the Eagles make a Jevon Kerse type slpash with the signing of Asomugha! Welcome to the NFC East and to the best fans in football Nnamdi! Football is officially back in Philly, can't wait for the season to start!

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:39 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Great move for the Eagles!  They have two of the top 5 CBs in the league now and it will allow their defensive coordinator to get more creative with the use of safeties and the LBs.  If they Eagles find a way to blitz their safeties or LB while still locking down the WRs with Cromartie and Nnamdi, this team will be a killer with the high octane offense led by Vick and Jackson.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:38 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

As a Giants Fan, I have to say hats off to the Eagles, a team tough to beat just got tougher. Great signing for Philly, this team stays away from injuries and they are the top of the NFL right now.

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