Surprise: Nnamdi Asomugha Lands With Eagles

Talk about a shocker: Philadelphia signed CB Nnamdi Asomugha to a five-year deal.

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Nnamdi Asomugha Signing Has Philadelphia Eagles Fans Elated

The Eagles’ signing of Nnamdi Asomugha has Philadelphia fans as surprised as the rest of us. And using flash cards to remember how to spell their new favorite player’s name correctly, for when they begin ripping him for the first blown coverage on online forums. But mostly, it has them quite pleased.

Philadelphia now easily boasts the best set of corners in the NFL with Asoumugha, Asante Samuel and Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie.

Good luck to anyone that tries to throw a pass against this defense next year.

Of course, you will notice that there are three corners listed there, which tends to be more than most NFL teams can use at any one time. The Eagles are being a bit guarded about what they’re going to do to relieve the logjam.

But fans are probably more than willing to wait and see how the team deals with that problem. There are worse things that a team could face in the increasingly bizarre NFL free-agent circus.


Nnamdi Asomugha Contract With Philadelphia Eagles Worth $60 Million Over 5 Years

Nnamdi Asomugha has reportedly signed a five-year, $60 million contract that includes $25 million in guaranteed money. The deal is worth considerably less than many had speculated he could demand.

According to ESPN's John Clayton, Asomugha was previously making $15 million a year and this new deal is worth about $3 million less per season. Asomugha was one of the top free agents on the market, and this moves seems to suggest he was more interested in finding the right place to play, rather than the team that could pay him the most money. He will join a secondary that includes Asante Samuel and the recently acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The Eagles had the second best passing defense in 2010.

The Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets were both among the teams widely believed to have been seeking Asomugha's services. The Jets, in particular, seemed to focus much of their attention on acquiring the corner back. 


Nnamdi Asomugha Addition Makes Asante Samuel Expendable For Philadelphia Eagles

With the surprise addition of Nnamdi Asomugha on Friday evening, the Philadelphia Eagles are saddled with a nice problem to have. One one side of the field, the Eagles have Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, acquired when Kevin Kolb was dealt to the Arizona Cardinals. On the other side, Philadelphia now has Asomugha, a shutdown corner whose skills are second-to-none. But there's a third corner, and he may be the expendable piece in the puzzle.

Asante Samuel suddenly finds himself as the odd-man-out in Philadelphia, and may be traded sooner rather than later. The Eagles find themselves in the driver's seat after pulling the wool over the media's eyes and coming out of left field to secure Asomugha. With a large amount of money tied to Samuel and two other freshly-signed corners, Philadelphia has to make a decision on Samuel.

There's still a need for cornerbacks throughout the NFL, and a few of the teams who lost out on the Asomugha sweepstakes may be lining up for Samuel. The Arizona Cardinals, who just traded Rodgers-Cromartie away to the Eagles, may have to come calling again, this time in search of Samuel. The New York Jets could also be players after going all-in for Asomugha and losing out in surprising fashion.

Keep an eye on Samuel as the NFL wheels keep turning in the next few days. The Eagles have a valuable trade piece and may walk away from the wild transaction period as bigger winners than they already are when all is said and done.

For full coverage of the NFL's ongoing circus, see our 2011 NFL free agency section. For more on the Eagles, visit Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly.


Nnamdi Asomugha Deal With Eagles Official

Nnamdi Asomugha has officially joined the Philadelphia Eagles after talks about the All-Pro cornerback had for days focused on the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles alerted reporters to the news just shy of 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday.

Asomugha, who has made the last four Pro Bowls as a member of the Oakland Raiders, drew heavy interests from a number of teams in free agency, including the San Francisco 49ers. The Eagles had acquired cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in a trade sending quarterback Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals, which added to the surprise of the Asomugha play.

On Friday, most Asomugha attention focused on the Jets and Cowboys, two teams who like the Eagles provide the championship potential Asomugha lacked in Oakland. Just before news of the Eagles' victory broke, the Jets and then Cowboys were ruled out of contention by NFL reporters. Thanks to Philadelphia, the mystery was quickly resolved.

For full coverage of the NFL's ongoing circus, see our 2011 NFL free agency section. For more on the Eagles, visit Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly.


Nnamdi Asomugha Lands With Philadelphia Eagles, According To Reports

The Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets were believed to be the top two teams in the running for free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha as well as a mystery team. On Friday afternoon, reports emerged that both the Jets and Cowboys were no longer involved in the running to get Asomugha.

His new team, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, will be the Philadelphia Eagles. They landed the big fish.

Talk about unexpected. There was a mystery team that emerged late in the process and no one seemed to know who it was. Apparently that was the Eagles.

The Eagles acquired CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the QB Kevin Kolb trade earlier this week so they'll enter the 2011 season with some serious talent in the secondary.

Asomugha was the top free agent target on the market and it's been reported that he's expected to sign a deal in the $12-14 million per year range.

Check out Bleeding Green Nation for what has to be the happiest fans on the planet right now.


New York Jets Out Of Nnamdi Asomugha Free Agency Sweepstakes, According To Report

On Thursday night the New York Jets were believed to be the front-runner in the Nnamdi Asomguha sweepstakes. It got to the point where some were bracing for an announcement out of New York that they've acquired the former Oakland Raiders cornerback.

Well, it now appears that they're OUT of the race for Asomugha -- for now, at least. This according toAlbert Breer of NFL Network.

The Jets and the Dallas Cowboys were reportedly the two teams at the top of the list competing for his services. The Cowboys are conducting training camp in Dallas and reporters who were there noted shortly before Breer's report that Cowboys officials were high-fiving each other.

The Jets were reportedly restructuring a number of contracts and it was believed that they were doing so in order to clear cap room for Asomugha, if they could sign him.

So we're not sure exactly what's going on with Asomugha and his future team but the rumors are flying now.

Check out Blogging The Boys  to see if the Cowboys are about to get their man.

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