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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
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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: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

So we shouldn't be happy that we not only picked up DRC in a trade for our second string QB, but now we signed the prize of the 2011 free agent season!  I didn't say Super Bowl, but I am waiting to hear your list of who would be favored ahead of the Eagles. 



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

It's an upgrade in a way.  He goes from the worst fans in the league to the 2nd worst in the league.


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Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:31 pm
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Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Report: Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

You can gloat all you want, but both the Giants and the Cowboys have a running game.  What can Nnamdi do for them then?  Please, typical Eagles fan.  Gloating, before the season has even started.  Amazing.  Can't wait to watch the news (as I see every year when the Eagles win their first game)...."We're going to the Superbowl, baby!"  Typical, very typical.



Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Report: Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

This is like the Cliff Lee signing.  I'm very ecstatic and confused.  Came out of nowhere.  Did some NY fan spit on his wife as well?



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Report: Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Kinda had the same feeling when the Eagles signed Vick.  We shall see.

And for the record, the whole thing about taxes and TX is actually not that big of a deal.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Report: Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

As a Jet fan I am actually happy they wont get him.  He is a great player butthe Jets dont need him.  They have Revis and Wilson in the secondary that is enough.  In this new era of football with a hard salary cap, I would rather the Jets not get tied into a huge contract like this.  Also, the Jets need more on the D Line and Linebacker positions.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Report: Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Asomugha, Samuels, Rogers-Cromartie? Why do you need 3 top DB's? Maybe they plan on trading Samuels otherwise that's going to be a lot of money on the backend of that defence.



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Report: Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Hey Jets and Cowboys..... No Supe for You! thanks for participating!Foot in mouth


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