Eagles Get Nnamdi Asomugha; Asante Samuel Out?

| by Off The Record

The Philadelphia Eagles have shocked the football world. The very latest on the signing of free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha was that it was down to the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. Both teams are heavy hitters who aren’t afraid to sling the dough around. But somehow, the Cowboys and Jets were out and Asomugha opted to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s a five-year, $60 million deal with $25 million guaranteed. That is extremely team friendly as he was the top prize on the free agent market. Some thought he’d get in the $18 million per range.

So, now the Eagles have Nnamdi, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel. All three are very high level corners, or at the very least, have shown they are capable playing at a very high level (that last part was for you, DRC). You won’t see many (read: any) teams that have three corners this good. This is even better than when the Birds had Bobby Taylor, Troy Vincent and Al Harris.

So, will they really keep all three? They just got DRC and Nnamdi, so they are 99% staying. But, what about Asante? Could they deal him before the season? Is this his last year in Philadelphia?

It’s well known that the Eagles brass isn’t thrilled with his act. Asante does what Asante wants, when Asante wants to do it. Press coverage? No, I’ll play off. Pay attention in meetings? No thanks.

Could the Eagles keep all three? Of course. But, don’t forget that when the Eagles get their nose out of joint, it gets waayyyy out of joint. And if they think he’s freelancing and half-assing it, it’s entirely possible that they are working the phones as we speak to ship Asante out of town.

In other news, the Eagles also confirmed on Twitter Friday the signings of Johnnie Lee Higgins and Donald Lee.