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Report: Eagles ask Nnamdi Asomugha to take massive pay cut

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Unless Nnamdi Asomugha is up for a drastic reduction in his salary, he may have played his last game for the Eagles. The cornerback's agent, Ben Dogra, told CSNPhilly.com's Geoff Mosher that the team is asking Asomugha to take a massive pay cut, although Mosher reports that the word in Indianapolis during the NFL Combine was that the Eagles have already decided to move on from the three-time Pro Bowler.

Asomugha signed a five-year, $60-million contract before the 2011 season and is set to make $15 million in 2013, but struggled for most of his two years in Philly. He may not be the only Eagles defensive back looking for work in the coming weeks. Teammate Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie almost certainly won't return, either, according to Mosher, who adds:

"One team source had told me Wednesday that there had been no contact between the Eagles and Jets regarding a [Darrelle] Revis trade, but that was Day 1 of the combine. The same source didn't rule out the idea of the Eagles making overtures. A cornerback tandem of Revis and Sean Smith would sure be interesting and allow the Eagles to address safety in the draft, which has some decent ones."

Well, that's ambitious.

Yes, Revis and Smith would do wonders for a suspect secondary, but it would also tie up a non-trivial share of the salary cap. And, in general, teams coming off 4-12 records have needs that extend beyond two or three positions. Put another way: there might be a better use of resources for an outfit with plenty of holes to fill.

Whatever happens, this much we know: the 2013 version of the Eagles won't look anything like the 2012 group -- from coaching, to staff, to playing style, to roster make-up.

Meanwhile, neither Rodgers-Cromartie nor Asomugha will be out of work long. As the NFL continues to evolve as a passing league, there will always be a premium for defensive backs, even ones coming off down seasons and with a preference for eating sandwiches in their cars.

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