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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 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:11 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

With the rising trend of pass heavy offenses, the addition of two corner covers will greatly strenghten the eagles secondary. We all know that Nnamdi is a shut-down corner and his skill forces opposing quarterbacks to avoid him altogether. It's like Christmas for Cromartie, who can expect plenty of interception opportunities.

What may be even more impressive is that Philadelphia can trade Samuels to create some cap space and fill additional holes. What a sweep of Free agency!

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:07 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Wow! I never realized how many NFL-starved losers and fantasy clowns there were in this country. To even invest a sentence to CBSSportsline with your pathetic assessment of your team's needs says all there needs to be said. The NFL is the frontrunner for dumbing down the American public. I personally can't wait for the 1st week evaluation of who is a winner or a loser in this free agent mayhem. Get a real life NFL fan and quit treating your fellow workers poorly after your team gets beat by a late field goal.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:59 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Remember who are the super bowl champs the Green Bay Packers and last year we beat Eagles in the playoffs after a lot of teams counted the Packers out. Also how is there cap looking with three coners being paid more than then the rest of the defense this may be very interesting to see how it plays out. Lets remember only one injury to Vick and the eagles can be done.  So why put so much in PRO bowl coners when you need to keep Vick alive and playing.   Reid may reget this by the end of the year. 


Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:58 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

What a day for Philly sports fans!!  First the Eagels steal Asumhga (or however you spell it) and add him to the additions of Cromartie and Asante Samuel.  They get Justin Babin to bookened Trent Cole.  If they keep these guys healthy, this is goign to be one nasty defense!!
The Phillies they go and add Hunter Pence to get that power right handed bat they most desperately need in the lineup!
That a Great day to be a Philly fan!!

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:57 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Hmm,  I don't know, maybe they'll line up the corners on man to man coverage and bring up the safety for run support.

Watch football much?

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:48 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

I cant fricking beleive it and they better not trade Asante. At least keep him for this season. Also love all the jealous NY and Cowboys fans comments. Keep em coming you bunch of flowers. Eagles fans love it.


Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:47 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Wow! Well no team will throw against Philly I guess. Although they did put all their eggs in one basket for the time being. 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.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:37 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Now the Phillies get Hunter Pence!  Great times in Philly!

Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:34 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Pats send out Ocho..Branch..Wes..with Woodhead OR Ellis in the Backfield..and throw in Gronk AND OR Hernandez at tight we still have Tate as an OPTION

Okay, I remember the Count from Sesame Street so let's sort this out...

1...2...3...4...5...6...7...8... throw in Tom Brady and that's 9, which only leaves two players to stay in and block....probablygoing to be a flag for illegal receiver sown field nullifying the play and making it 3 and 10.

Nice one bonehead!!!

Jets owned you in the playoffs, and won the match-up 2-1 last sason.
Drink the green Kool-AID


Hey Farmer ted, before calling other people boneheads, try actually reading the full sentence rather than just counting out the number of guys. If you just read the sentence like it is, you should get 6-7 guys, which leaves 4-5 lineman.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:32 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

So sorry to see Nnamdi leave us. Congratulations Philly. You got yourselves one hell of a CB. I only wish Al could truly see what an amazing athlete, team leader and outstanding human being our team has lost. You will be missed Nnamdi. Cry

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