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Asomug-whaaaa?: The NFL's Madcap Free-Agent Frenzy Continues

Excellent summary of many thought RE: FA and Eagles: "Of course, there are extenuating circumstances for why the Eagles were able to get Asomugha so cheap. While the Panthers had to pay a premium to convince Johnson to avoid the free-agent market, the Eagles were able to extract a discount from Asomugha, who undoubtedly could have received more money from teams like the Cowboys or Texans. Why? Part of it is that the Eagles are competitive every season, but I suspect that there's another factor in play here: Players just want to be on Michael Vick's team, even if it's on defense. They're in awe of him. You see it on Twitter, but there's evidence of it from last season, when Cowboys running back Tashard Choice asked for Vick's autograph live on national television. The Eagles been able to sign elite free agents such as Jevon Kearse and Asante Samuel in the past by paying top dollar, but they've never been able to make moves like the signings they pulled off this weekend for 75 cents on the dollar. Vick has to be part of the reason why." "Back in 2008, the Raiders traded two picks to the Falcons for cornerback DeAngelo Hall and signed him to a seven-year, $70 million deal with $24.5 million guaranteed. Oakland naturally expected quarterbacks to struggle to throw the ball against a combination of Hall and Asomugha, but teams simply avoided Asomugha and lit up the overmatched Hall. The Raiders cut Hall after eight games. The scary thing for the Eagles is that Rodgers-Cromartie is more like Hall than any other player in the NFL, both stylistically and in terms of production up to this point of his career. In 2010, Rodgers-Cromartie allowed 7.4 yards per pass on 108 targets last year, which was just the 24th-best average among the 36 corners who were targeted 80 or more times. If the Eagles roll Rodgers-Cromartie out in the starting lineup, teams will likely go to town on him." Also, this little tidbit to answer the criticism that the Eagels FO don't value MLBs - neither does anyone else, it seems... "Middle linebackers, who have been squeezed out of a market that places an increasing amount of value on defensive ends and defensive backs. Paul Posluszny was smart enough to sign a long-term deal with Jacksonville before demand collapsed, leaving Barrett Ruud and Stephen Tulloch with little negotiating leverage. The Buccaneers didn't even bother to negotiate with Ruud, who took a one-year deal to move into the starting lineup of the Tennessee Titans."
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