OAKLAND, CA - FILE: Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the sidelines during the closing minutes of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California. According to reports on July 29, 2011 Asomugha will sign with the Philadelphia Eagles for five years, $60 million. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
In a move reminiscent of the Phillies signing Cliff Lee out of no where, the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a five year deal with pro bowl corner back Nnamdi Asomugha. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $60 million with $25 mil guaranteed.
All day the reports were that Asomugha had narrowed his choices down the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. So it really does come out of no where that he decided to come to the Eagles. 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.
Sources tell the Inquirer that the Eagles had been in touch with Nnamdi's people since the start of free agency, but talks did not heat up until yesterday. And yet, not a peep leaked out from either side. You would think that is nearly impossible in today's NFL.
Speaking the media from Lehigh University immediately following the trade, Andy Reid said with a smirk "I mentioned to you before I thought Howie had a great plan". And really, what a coup for the young Eagles GM.
There is some speculation that Asante Samuel could potentially be expendable. When asked about this directly, neither Andy nor Howie Roseman would deny it. In fact, Roseman was notably evasive when pressed about the question. He simply said that having the three corners was a "good problem to have" and the questions about what they may do next were "for another day."