I went out on a limb the other day and wrote a piece on the risks of signing Nnamdi Asomugha. Today I am going to explore the other side of the argument because it's a huge decision, the front office has already done the same thing, and I need a football fix like Keith Richards needs his body flushed of drugs. My points on why we should make Nnamdi an Eagle after the JUMP.
My first point is courtesy of Eaglescap.com. According to the site, which I'm told is accurate, we have as of right now with Vick's one year tender(15.9 mil) about 42 mil in cap space. We don't have many key players that we need to bring back. Stewart Bradley was offered a 2nd round tender but is listed as a UFA on Eagelscap.com. He should be brought back because he is a solid LB when healthy, which he should be completley over his ACL injury from 2009, and he can play both MLB and SLB. If he is brought back he should make no more than 5-6 mil in 2011. The only other player we really need to resign is DeSean Jackson, He is still signed through 2011 but he wants a new deal and I think the front office will give it to him. So maybe we are down to 30 million of cap space after new deals are taken care of. As far as other free agent we need to sign we are probably looking at a veteran backup QB, maybe a backup tackle, maybe a backup guard and maybe another safety but it's very possible we only sign a backup QB among those positions. At the very worst we would be down to about 25 mil in cap space but we would go up 3 mil if Akers is released. We still have to sign rookies, but I don't think that is going to cost more than maybe 7-12 mil, I'm no expert on rookie deals but I don't think anyone is getting a huge deal. Danny Watkins was a late first round pick and Jeremy Maclin was a mid- first round pick. Maclin made 1.3 mil his first season and will average about 2.5 mil through his deal which expires in 2013. So we have about 11 rookies to sign at the most, you gotta think at least 1 or 2 won't make the team. So let's say our cap goes down maybe 8 mil, we still have 20 mil but we would get 6.7 back if we trade Kolb so we are back up to 27 mil. So after all that, we have 27 mil left to play with. Bottom line, we have the money to sign Nnamdi and probably enough in the coming year to keep paying him.
My second point is we want to win a friggin' Superbowl. In my lifetime of 25 years, I have seen the cowboys win 3 Superbowls, the Steelers win two Superbowls and the Giants win 3 Superbowls. My 3 most hates team in the NFL have all won multiple Superbowl while we havn't won one. Andy Reid has maybe 3 years to win a Superbowl or he will probably not be brought back once his current deal is done. He knows that and Howie knows that. I think they may go all out to get Nnamdi.
My final point is the potential that our defense could reach having 2 shutdown Cornerbacks. Nnamdi actually didn't meet his contract interception requirements because no one would throw to his side. It's kind of hard to get INT's when the ball is never throw to your side. He only had 19 total tackles in 2010, that says more about his shut down ability then his tackling ability. Nnamdi in midnight green would mean Quarterbacks would actually have to throw at Asante Samuel. We could be starting a 2nd year FS and a rookie SS, so having two outstanding corners could make things a lot easier for our young safties. Our defense should have an improved pass rush this season with the hiring of legendary DL coach Jim Washburn. Our linebacking core should also be a lot better mainly because we have a ton of depth and a ton of speed. Adding Nnamdi Asomugha could make our defense really, really dangerous. Add a potentially great defense to a very potent offense with playmakers at every position and another legendary coach, coaching up our OL, we would go into the season as one of the 2 or 3 best teams in the league without question.
Also- If we don't sign Nnamdi, someone else will and that team could be the team that beats us in the playoffs. Detroit, Washington, and Dallas are all rumored to be serious players in the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes. If Dallas wants Nnam, that's enough of a reason to sign him let alone the other points I made.