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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.

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Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:52 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

Having Asomugha across from Samuel would not expose Samuel at all.  Since Nnamdi can pretty much shut down the other teams #1, the Eagles could roll a safety over the top to Samuel's side, giving Samuel more opportunities to jump routes.  The problem would be up the middle with the LB core (if you can call it that) that the Eagles have.

Which goes to my point....the Eagles need some LBs way before they need a shut-down corner. 

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:03 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list


So I guess that means we teeter on Ellis Hobbs' unretirement, Joselio Hansen's ascending to an All-Pro corner, Jack Ikegwuonu showing up, or a rookie coming in with no camp under his belt...

Time to sign Asomugha...

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 11:38 am

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

Revis and Asomugha will be lining up on opposite ends of the field this year... i can only dream for asomguha island too

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 8:37 am

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

No one is hating the 49ers. They have not been relevant in 20 years now.  

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 8:33 am

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

The reporter is not talking out his ass, the Eagles rarely , heck almost NEVER go after players in their 30's. In the free agent market most certainly not. This guy will want the 5+ year deal. In 5 years he will not be nearly as good and be extremely overpaid. The Eagles stay young so they compete for less. This is why they dont win the big one, but are always relevant and in the playoffs. They get younger players, draft well and make the playoffs. The Eagles will spend their money better than pay this 30 year old Dback a 5-6 year deal that is for certain. They dont need him to make the playoffs either. Thats how management sees it.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:43 am
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Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 5:02 am

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

2 or 3 players away from dominating again?  Yeah if those 2 or 3 players are Hercules, Achilles, and the Jolly Green Giant.  Fee-Fie-Foe-Fum I smell the BS of a San Fransicun.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:43 am

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

 Asonnugha is not going to the Texans, Steelers, Lions, He is going to the 5 time Super Bowl winning San Francisco 49ers? Why would he want to play in a crap hole like Pittsburg or Houston? WTF? The Bay Area is one of the nicest places to live in the world. The 49ers are going in the right direction, and have talent at every position on the field. The 49ers are only 2-3 player's away from dominating the NFL once again. Don't Hate. 

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:31 am

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

First rule of the Eagles don't talk about Eagles.
Second rule of the Eagles don't talk about Eagles!

If you have heard from everyone that the Eagles don't want somebody then usually that means they do want somebody they just don't want anyone else to know they want them because then you might want them too.  Frankly people in Philly are lucky we are allowed to know what day they play their games on this front office is so ridiculously cloak and dagger. 

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:51 pm

Asomugha not high on Eagles' wish list

that is so true. Troy Vincent calling Troy Vincent

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