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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: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:16 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

I keep seeing comments about Brandon Jacobs running all over the Eagles. When has that EVER happened?  Jacobs is the exact type of running back that the Eagles play well against.  We NEVER have great LB's and Jacobs has never been a problem.  You think all of a sudden, because we have great corners, that Jacobs is going to become a factor?  Ummm... anyone who understands football knows that having great corners frees up the safeties to help with the run and to defend the intermediate passes.  Ahmad Bradshaw was a much bigger problem for us and he is a free agent that you might now be able to keep (because you have cap trouble).

BTW... we also added Jason Babin and we still have Trent Cole so that pass rush will be better.  So much for putting all of our eggs in one basket.

As far as the cap... worry about your own team!  The Giants AND the Cowboys were OVER the cap coming into this season.  Joe Banner is the person who managed the cap better than any executive in the league.  He found loopholes in the last agreement that other organizations began to mimic.  Believe me when I tell you that the Eagles will never get to a point where they mismanage the cap.  Won't happen with this regime.

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:14 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

You are obviously an asshole.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:12 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

What a pathetic individual to hope someone gets about a scumbag...look in the mirror and i'm not an Eagles fan but can tell exactly what you are....

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:09 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

I hope Nnamdi Asomugha breaks his leg the first day of training and can never play again.   Anyone who chooses to be on a team with that psychotic dog killing scum bag.  Eagles fans are dreaming if you think your going with this team.  Vick is not a good QB, he's not intelligent at all and when it counts he runs out of talent real fast.  He will never take a team to anything but a first round playoff, and that is only because the NFC east is weak.  By the way, the Eagles giving Vince Young 5.5 million for one year is probably the worst signing I have seen since Washington signed Albert Hanesworth.

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:08 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

The poor Eagles fans...they are just getting all excited in the pre-season like every other year, only to be let down in the playoffs.  They have tried this before.  They went after Jevon Kearse when he was still the Freak.  They tried bringing TO on board.  Asante Samuel was to be the answer in the secondary.  I've heard the "we got the best free agent available" argument more than once.  And what's worse is the fact that they've even gone against their normal philosophy of staying away from the 30 somethings.  Both Babin and Asomugha are in their 30s.   They finally got rid of the inconsistent whining McNabb only to delve into reclaimation projects.  First they bring the dog killer to town and now they sign the immature basket case Vince Young.   What a train wreck.    Vick goes down with an injury midseason and you have to turn to a guy that quit on his team and contemplated suicide?  Real smart Banner, Lurie and Reid.    Can't wait to watch this season crumble around this fraud of a squad....

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:54 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Just making a point. IMO the Iggles are the best team in the East, other than the lack of LBs. Which could change at any time.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:45 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

What happens when the Iggles, having no LBs have to stop a running game that has a guy like, say, 265 pounds of TDs Brandon Jacobs? Ask Laron Landry how that works out.
The Eagles havent had any lbers for a few years now and yet they still own the Giants during those years. Its the Giants who should be worried about the Eagles and not the other way around.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:41 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Hope he tackles well. As of right now the Iggles have no LBs. I cant wait to see Jacobs stomp all over the birds DBs.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:37 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Um yeah I watch it all. Do you do math much? If not do some size and weight figures, Jacobs, vs. any DBs. Then re-post.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:11 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Its obivous that the Eagles have put all their eggs in one basket in the hopes that this will carry them all the way. Well they better hope they do it this season or next, otherwise that nasty thing called "The Salary Cap Limit" will really kick in and they will have to start shredding players left, right and centre.

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