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Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 11:25 am
When the NFL lifts its lockout, one of the first free agents off the shelf will be Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha -- with the expectation that the Philadelphia Eagles are first in line.

Or maybe not.

There's no question that Asomugha will be a hot property. He's one of the game's elite defenders, so proficient that once he hits the free-agent market a bidding frenzy should erupt. But don't expect the Eagles to join the charge. I don't. And neither do others who are close to the organization.

They tell me there is an indifference toward Asomughha, mostly because he will cost a fortune but partly because he's a press cornerback who plays only the right-cornerback position. I know, I know, the Eagles need another cornerback like L.A. needs Sig-Alerts, and they could especially use one at the right-cornerback spot. But I've heard too many people say the Eagles aren't all that jacked up about Asomugha not to pay attention.

Another factor may be age, even though Asomugha turns 30 next month. That puts him in the prime of his career, but check the history of the Eagles. They rarely, if ever, sign or re-sign players 30 or older to long-term contracts. They let Brian Westbrook walk. They let Brian Dawkins and Troy Vincent walk. They traded away Donovan McNabb. All not only were accomplished starters; they were members of the Eagles' 75th anniversary team, too. But they were also 30 or older.

The point is: The Eagles could've re-signed them to long-term deals but did not, and I suggest they did not because there's a philosophy that cautions against signing descending players to extended contracts.

Now let's get something straight: I'm not saying Asomugha is a descending player. Heck, he was an All-Pro last season and is respected so much throughout the league that he was the least targeted cornerback in the NFL the last two seasons. Nevertheless, there seems to be a reluctance within the Eagles to move on the guy when he's available. From what I gather, the Eagles respect and admire Asomugha; they just don't think he's the right guy for them.

Category: NFL

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: June 8, 2011 9:57 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

I know one other team that will not be signing him that is the Green Bay Packers. With Williams and if Sparks is heathy along with Woodsone why would we sign him. 

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 9:31 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

The Niners are barely the "premier franchise" in the NFC west.

As far as premier franchise in the NFL, I'd easily put the Steelers, Packers, and Cowboys ahead of the Niners without giving it a second thought.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 9:09 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

 Wow-Somebody needs to take the stick out of their ass.  

  Please stop Hating on the San Francisco 49ers. Just wait for the season and you will see the new and improve upcoming Super Bowl Champions San Francisco 49ers. I am tired of the people on this site hating on people. Learn manners. The San Francisco 49ers are the premier franchise in the NFL, yes they have had some down years, but don't think for a second that they won't dominate again. 

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 7:49 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

Wow-- Somebody's been drinking 49er Kool Aid in a Big Gulp-sized cup.  Perspective time...

After joining the NFL to start the 1950 season, the Niners didn't do a damn thing for 20 years.  They played dreadful ball for another decade through the 1970s until the arrival of Bill Walsh-- one of the five greatest coaches in the history of the game.  The team was outstanding throughout the 1980s riding the wave of Joe Montana-to-Jerry Rice followed by Steve Young-to-Jerry Rice.  However, the arrival of the 21st century has not been kind to the once proud franchise.  Expectations were higher during the Singletary era, but, to keep a long story short, they sucked and couldn't live up to the expectations.  Do we know what's in store in 2011 and beyond?  No.  I like Harbaugh as a potential coach-- but until he achieves, don't start taking playoff ticket orders just yet.  The truth is the vast majority of success the Niners have achieved is confined to a 15-year span from 1980-1994.  Outside of that, the team ain't done squat. 

Of the 253 individuals in the Hall of Fame, 14 are known for being 49ers (Fred Dean, Jimmy Johnson, Ronnie Lott, Hugh McElhenny, Joe Montana, Leo Nomellini, Joe Perry, Jerry Rice, Bob St. Clair, O.J. Simpson, Y.A. Tittle, Bill Walsh, Dave Wilcox, and Steve Young).  At the same time, the Redskins can claim 16 Hall of Fame members as their own-- George Allen, Sammy Baugh, Cliff Battles, Turk Edwards, Joe Gibbs, Darrell Green, Russ Grimm, Chris Hanburger, Ken Houston, Sonny Jurgensen, George Marshall, Wayne Millner, Bobby Mitchell, Art Monk, John Riggins, and Charley Taylor.

Just because your knowledge of teams outside the Bay Area is limited doesn't mean they don't exist.  And by the way, the Redskins also have 5 league championships like the 49ers-- we just spread out victories over the course of the entire franchise's life span instead of packing it in to a decade and a half.

P.S. Throwing out the LOL in your post makes you sound like a silly little child.  Talk and write like a big boy and we'll welcome you back to the grown-ups' table.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:54 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

You can't be a fan of 2 NFL teams. you lose all credibility. pick a team and ride or die.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:51 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

Get over yourself....the niners suck

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:07 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

@skinsandraiders The Redskins haven't won anything in over 20 years. You should not be commenting on CBS, you have no room to talk. The 49ers are on way to winning multiple Super Bowls.  The 49ers are five Super Bowls and have had the three best player's in NFL history Montana, Rice, Young, I can't name a single great Redskins player. Doug Williams LOL....Darrel Green LOL Like I said, don't complain when the 49ers are destroying teams again. Did you know that NFL created Free Agency because of the San Francisco 49ers dominance? thought not...

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 5:42 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

I'm not hating on the winers, I feel rather sorry for them. Almost as sorry as I feel for my two losing teams. Comments are correct about irrelavency.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 5:37 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

You must not watch football. The 49ers are only 2-3 player's away from dominating like they did for 20+ years. Don't hate. The team is stacked at every position. All the player's on the 49ers are Pro Bowls...Don't Hate. I can only think of two good or above average players on the Eagles, Samuel and Jackson, other than that the entire team is crap. The 49ers have Willis, Spikes, Lawson, Clements, Spencer, Mays, Franklin, J. Smith, V. Davis, Frank Gore, Crabtree, Morgan, The O-line has 2 future HOFers. Alex Smith will be better than Vick this year, just watch. All you people do is HATE ON OTHER PEOPLE. Gay Bash SF ALL YOU WANT.  When the 49ers are destroying your team for years to come, don't complain. Tired of pansy A$$ suckers on this site....No wonder this site is failing. 

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:55 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

To say that the Eagles "rarely" sign players 30 or older isn't saying much at all. First of all, they "rarely" sign any big free agents. Second, they "rarely, if ever" sign any free agents that are first team All Pros. Nnamdi would represent a special case and comparing where he is at now to Westbrook, Dawkins, Vincent, and McNabb at the time the Eagles let them go is an insult. Third, just because the stupid Raiders only play him at the RCB position, making it easy for opponents to take him out of the game, doesn't mean he can't play on the left side of the field. Fourth, the way NFL contracts work, even if they sign him to a "5 year" deal, they would likely pay him big bucks for 2-3 years and then release him.

They may or may not be interested in him but Judge doesn't have the first clue either way.

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