Blog Entry

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.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:40 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Nnamdi was the best cb in the league in 2006, 8 ints and 19 pass defenses and he is still a very good player but 60 mill is a lot for a guy with only 3 picks and 26 pass defenses in the last 4 years. I know everyone will say thats because he shuts down his side of the field, but part of the truth is the raiders have been so bad over that period of time that there was very little need to even challenge him. why throw his way when you could run down there throats and score 30 pts. you knew the raiders offense was good for 3 or 4 turnovers per game. you know desean jackson is going to want at least 80 million now.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:25 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

They certainly have a better shot than the Cowboys thats for sure. Btw stop acting like a jilted biatch. He chose the Eagles and not your Boys so man up and deal with it. Bandwagon Cowgirls fans are the worst in sports.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:58 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

This should all be put in perspective. Its the Eagles they have never won a Super Bowl. When I think of them I think of really bad home playoff game losses to eventual Super Bowl champions. I wish I that pathetic city would film when 75 thousand drunken low lifes walk out of that dump of a stadium after bad losses. They will not win it all PERIOD !!!!

Since: Aug 21, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:51 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

No surprise..People from Philly love giving and getting in the back door. Guaranteed Super Bowl?!?! You're a couple of Mike Vick scrambles and hits from Vince Young being your QB..chew on that cheesesteak.

Za Informant
Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:29 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:24 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Put it in perspective... I said dog killing was a smaller issue when you compare it to the abuse and murder of human beings 50+ years ago.  I don't want to get into the whole race thing but just for comparison sake, some very intellegent people felt it was ok to treat humans as if they were worse than dogs.  America had to learn from it's mistakes, and we moved on and grew as a great country.  I'm just trying to say let's move on from this dog killing issue.  It's in the past.
Dogs, cats, fish even hampsters live better these days then the boys at Gettysburg in 1863 or even Valley Forge in 1777-78 (thank the French or we wouldn't even have independence btw)  Hell, I'm wondering if half of you people ever went to boot camp or sacrificed like some of us...  But for $0.50 a day you can sponsor a child or animal.  How many of you have even done either one of those?   Hmm....  Point the finger and be the judge, just don't look in the mirror...

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:14 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

And btw... it's not like he was stealing pets from people's homes and then killing them. 

Huh?!  He most certainly did exactly that.   Read the USDA inquiry.  

The man enjoyed watching family pets get slaughtered.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:09 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

I hate dogs!
The best thing about this guy's comment and the subj line is... well... bend over because the Eagles train is about to have their way with you!!!  BOOOSH!!!  Hello!?  WIN....INGGGGG!!!!!!

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:58 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

calm down cpt caps lock.  take a sec, just take a sec...

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:34 am

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Be professional, like the Patriots.  Whooohooo!  GO PATS!

Now THAT's funny.  I think I'll aim a little higher when searching for a team with honor and class, thank you very much.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or