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: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:26 pm

Gotta love Jerry Jones' comment about Asomugha

"Bottom line is we’re ready," Jones said during an appearance on KRLD-FM after the Cowboys bowed out of the Asomugha sweepstakes. "We had an opportunity. We acted on it, and believe me we firmly acted on it until our eyes watered."

As an Eagle fan, this is gold!  I do like Jerry Jones though.  He trys very hard to win it all.  I have nothing but respect for the man. 

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:25 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Just another black slave being paid peanuts by the white man...right Mendenhall.

Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:18 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

A shocker to say the least especially since the Eagles hadn't been mentioned as players and they had just acquired DRC.  I just assumed their CB shopping was over.  It is strange only in that they are now heavy at CB and thin at saftey since Mikell left and Allen is recovering from a serious knee injury.  Maybe they will slide one of them over to safety as a ball hawk while Coleman plays the hitter.  The move does carry some risk; Lito Sheppard wasn't too thrilled to find himself a third CB after they acquired Samuel so we'll have to see how Andy is going to keep them all happy.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:15 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Meanwhile, Giants GM Jerry Reese sits on his butt and does nothing! The teams ahead of the Giants are improving their roster, and the Giants do nothing. Championships are not won on paper, but this is not a good start to the NFL season for Big Blue.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:13 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

@Crosby=thebest... EXACTLY!

The ONLY way this whole scenario had become any stranger would've been if Green Bay - with TWO Pro-Bowl corners - also somehow was vying for his services. 

This little spending spree for the FA right now in the NFL is beginning to look as dumb as a usual year in the NBA.  The $60M for Kolb was just asinine.      

Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:13 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

You can never listen to the media when it comes to free agent rumors.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:11 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Personally, I think its overkill at the CB position, especially when you going to need a backup QB and a 3rd and 4th linebacker. The Eagles will be good but their money trail and middle defenive weaknesses will keep them away from the Super Bowl this year.

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:09 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

This was a complete blindside move.  I thought that the DRC-Kolb trade was going to be kind of the big splash amd then the Eagles FO  would have done minor dinks and dunks. Assante now can be used as a free saftey of clearence for D Jaxs to be resigned for a long time. -I think this enables 3 things. The eagles can now focus on getting to the Qb letting the secondary roam and the middle linebackers can now be used as thew daggers. The secondary has a chance to either be used as attacking corners on the blitz or heavy coverage. I think for once the eagles are realizing the offense might be good enough (like the Ravens Super Bowl team) to win the games it needs and Defense win Championships. Jim Washburn and Juan Castillo must be licking their chops with the creativity that they can now afford to use unlike Sean McDermott never had. He had a disorganized secondary with the LCB(due to injury) and Free saftey. Kurt Coleman can only benifit from this and be able to lay the lumber. I am getting excited to see this team to take the field.

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:08 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

What a great day Pence should be a Phillie soon hahahah suck on that egg roll

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:06 pm

Eagles backdoor Jets, Cowboys for Nnamdi

Not an Eagles fan but any stretch of the imagination but it's sooo funny how all these other fans who would have loved to get this guy and wanted him all along now sing a different tune because their team couldn't get a deal done.  Like last year with Cliff Lee (I am a phillies fan) once he stunned the baseball world and went with the Phillies you heard all these Rangers and Yankees fans who were already sizing up jerseys and putting aside his number for him were saying how happy they were to not sign him.  Give me a break and just admit your disappointed that your team didn't get pathetic.  

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