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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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Comments

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:21 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.

And btw... it's not like he was stealing pets from people's homes and then killing them.  In the south, it is (or atleast used to be) considered "normal" do breed dogs for the purpose of fighting.  There are ALOT of people engaging in that "sport".  He was just the first high profile person to get caught.  Not making excuses, just pointing out the reality.  In the past, the government actually had to put in laws that said ALL men are created equal and that you can't use them as slaves or beat them or discriminate against them.  Some very intellegent people had to change.  I'm just saying... give Vick a chance to change also. 

Fyi - sorry to get so serious.  Just passionate about forgiveness. It's good for the soul!



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:16 am
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

hey Cruse dont give klm that much credit! lol




Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:04 am
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

smaller issue than what? i'm all for forgiving people but don't downplay the deplorable treatment innocent dogs that had no say in their destination in life that resulted in brutal torture and killings. don't play the "they're just animals" card. if anything happened to my dog i would be devastated. dogs have no prejudice, no ulterior motives, and just want to love their owner. to abuse that trust and use another living thing for personal disgusting and sick entertainment is as bad as it gets



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:01 am
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

This makes this signing even sweeter that Jerry Jones ans the Cowboys wanted him and didn't get him.  Next up is to get DeSean Jackson contract done and get the season started.  I am however extremely disapointed that the Eagles did not resign David Akers.  He was awesome and will be the greatest kicker ever in the history of th ePhiladelphia Eagles!



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:01 am
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

I hate dogs!



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

man who edits these postings... "so it meant the cowboys were ....."?  huh? confusing...go back to mr mccaigs english 101 at montco  ...horrible and confusing.. anybody else agree?



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Philly Power you are correct sir. Joe 'Nickles' Banner for President. Rubin Amaro Vice President, holllllllaaaaaaa



Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

It's no fun if you can't get excited when your team makes a good move. It's what makes us such great fans.  We keep an intense energy AT ALL TIMES.  Patriot fans don't get too excited because they are Sox fans first.  The ONLY reason the Patriots get any publicity is because they won championships but the Pats still pale in comparison to the Sox in the Boston area.  In Philly, we are EQUALLY passionate about the Phillies and Eagles even though the Eagles haven't won it all.  That's a true fan base!



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:39 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Product: Riiiight Riiiight, forget these haters my man, it's all good in the hood!



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:35 pm
 

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

How's the weather in Dallas this time of year geek?


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