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The signing of Nnamdi Asomugha to the Philadelphia Eagles was easily the biggest deal in what has been a hyper-active past couple of days.  Cole and I took some time to try and answer a basic couple questions: why did Nnamdi choose Philly, why Philly offered him a contract, and what happens to the two top-of-the-line CBs the Eagles already have: Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

–  Why did Asomugha choose Philly?

  • Cole: My guess on why he went to Philly is that they probably had the best offer on the table. Dallas is pretty cap strapped and New York couldn’t afford to pay him more than Revis (not to mention cap issues).  The Texans decided they had so many needs that joseph was better value while still providing excellent coverage skills, and the 49ers didn’t quite pony up to the eagles offer, maybe being shell shocked still about their Nate Clements signing.
  • Andy: I believe in the end it wasn’t the money that caused his final decision.  Between all the teams offering him contracts I am sure he had deals that were just as good (if not better than Philly’s offer).  In my opinion, it came down to the fact that Philly not only offered good money, but is also a very competitive team that has all (or almost all) the building blocks needed to win a Super Bowl.  Perhaps the money made the difference between the Eagles and the Jets, but in the end I think playing for a top-shelf competitor with a great coach and system was what helped put Philly over the top.

–  Did it make sense for Philly to go after Asomugha when they already had Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie?

  • Cole: As has been pointed out, DRC is a press corner, while Asante prefers to play off coverage. Nnamdi is a bump coverage guy as well and is an aggressive defense’s prototypical corner. He lacks the ball skills of Asante, but it doesn’t matter if the ball doesn’t reach the receiver. A punt is almost as good as a pick and sometimes better. It probably doesn’t make sense in the short term because they obviously can’t afford to keep all three for an extended period of time
  • Andy: For me, it doesn’t matter.  It’s Nnamdi-freaking-Asomugha.  He was thrown to less than 10% of the time, and this is not a coincidence.  He will fit in perfectly with DRC, another press corner.   When you have the best corner in the league available and you have the money, I think one would be foolish not to try and obtain him.

–  What will happen to Samuel and DRC with this acquisition?

  • Cole:  I would guess they will get offers for Asante now, but whether those offers are enough to swing a deal is up for debate. I would lean heavily that Asante is the one traded because he doesn’t fit their style as much as DRC and is older. There is always a market for a good corner now though.
  • Andy: I agree with Cole on this one.  Asante is the one who is most-likely to be traded since he does not fit the system as well as DRC.  It also might have to do with his expensive contract (Samuel is in the middle of a 6-year, $56 million contract) and the Eagles not wanting to carry three very large cornerback contracts.  It might not happen this year, however, if the right trade offer does not come up.  I would not be surprised to see all three with the team in the 2011 season.  If they can find a way to re-sign Desean and keep him on a modest salary for this year, then this becomes all the more likely.  That being said, a trade in the next week would not surprise me at all (in fact, I expect it), and this trio cannot possibly last more than one season.
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