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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: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 4:38 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.

First off I am talking about over the last several years, The Chiefs Receivers besides for last year with Bowe have been god awful.

The Chargers best receiver is a TE, and Vincent Jackson has been a bust besides for one year, and they throw to there RBs most of the time.

The Broncos have been bad, and they only had Brandon Marshall that was productive, and the Broncs and Chiefs QBs suck.




Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:32 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

No chance of winning? Really? Vick and the rest of that offense is more then most teams can handle. Now they have aquired two of the best DBs in all the NFL and you think they have no chance? Solid defense and a offense that can rack up points because of stand out talent and a offensive cordinator that knows how to use it. Look for these Eagles to represent the NFC  in the Superbowl. Just barely beating the much improved Detroit Lions!

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:28 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Eagles dont win championship now Andy Reid should quit!

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:38 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

What can you say - the guy went to what is arguably the worst sports city on this earth with no chance of winning the super bowl - it's all about the money

- SeanAvery4

Woulnt expect anything less from a guy with SeanAvery as his name.....worst sports city statement shows your inability to be partial and factual....Philly sells out all its baseball and football games ...cannot say the same about NY...considering you have about 10 times the amount of people in the NY area I think if anything it shows what a great sports town Philly really is....hurts to keep losing the big free Agents to them huh?     

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:27 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

"Kudos to Nnamdi he took the money and ran with it, $12M/per n $25M guarenteed!?!?!?...don't know how the Jets were in the running with about $8M on the table."

"Good luck being being the same pu$$y Cliff Lee is"

hahaha...this is great..hurts to lose out twice to Philly huh?     


Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:55 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

A little upset Fear and Loathing that your Jets didnt get Namdi? Reverting to gay bashing shows your maturity level and class...but then again what would you expect...enjoy another season of your Jets falling short.

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:02 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

I am a Pats fan and very happy this dude didn't end up with the Jets! I wonder if Rex ever made an offer to lick this guys feet?

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:42 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.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:20 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

DeSean will get a deal.  The Eagles are a smart organization and I can't think of one "young star player" that they have lost under the Andy Reid era. And noooo... he won't get 80 mil like one person suggested he will ask for, but he will surely get a deal similar to what Santonio Holmes signed (somewhere between 8.5 and 10 mil per season).

He is getting some bad advice from Drew Rosenhaus though.  They will not deal with him while he's holding out.  He needs to come in.  Heck... with the lockout, they haven't even had a CHANCE to negotiate with him.  He is only making 670k this year and will be losing 30k EVERY SINGLE DAY.  By my math, that means he will have lost his yearly salary before the end of August.  PLUS if he doesn't come into camp by the 12th or 13th of Aug, he will not get credit for an accrued season.  Worst case scenario... get to work and play your butt off, and next year you will be a free agent. More than likely though, the Eagles will approach him before then end of the offseason and offer a nice, fair market contract.  It's what they do...

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:50 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Im sure they will work something out with Jackson. I dont see Jackson holding out very long though. Under the new cba if he was to hold out more than 30 days than he will have to wait until after the 2012 season to become a free agent or something like that. No way he does that to himself. Worst case scenario is he comes back pissed off and plays out the year and jets ( no pun intended) to another team after the season via free agency.

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