Philadelphia Eagles Sign Nnamdi Asomugha and Vince Young: Blockbuster Offseason Continues
Just when people were ready to write off the Philadelphia Eagles' offseason as another mediocre offseason - they pulled off a blockbuster move late Friday afternoon by signing former Raiders All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and stealing him from the New York Jets.
Asomugha was rumored to be a target of the Eagles once the offseason began, but many doubted the Birds would agree to his contract demands.
Turns out that his market value was a little less than everyone expected and rather than commanding $15-$16 million per year, he wound up getting 5 years and $60 million.
What is most shocking is that the Eagles were nowhere in the mix according to reports today. The New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys were believed to be the only teams in the mix for Asomugha's services. New Yorkers were ready to declare the Jets as the prohibitive Super Bowl favorites as they would win the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes, thereby giving them the best cornerback tandem in NFL history. Turns out that Darrelle Revis will continue manning "Revis Island" alone.
Added to that, the Eagles already had two quality starting cornerbacks and just traded Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. NBC10's John Clark was at the airport speaking with Rodgers-Cromartie as he just arrived into Philly. And, just a few hours later it was reported that the Eagles pulled off this blockbuster signing.
Andy Reid said at his press conference that with "three good cornerbacks," this situation mirrors the Eagles' teams of the early 2000's when Troy Vincent, Bobby Taylor, and Al Harris were in the backfield.
Surely many are speculating that this means Asante Samuel will be traded for an upgrade at linebacker or defensive tackle. As of right now the Eagles plan on having all three corners in the mix.
Today's stunning news comes on the heels of three major moves by the Eagles which includes the Kevin Kolb trade for Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, signing Jason Babin, and signing Vince Young.
By signing Young, the Eagles have the best backup quarterback in the league. Young, who has a checkered past, is looking to resurrect his career in Philly and hopes to show other teams that he's not crazy and willing to work hard at his craft. Michael Vick is already embracing the role of helping Young to rebuild his career.
The Eagles signed Young to a one-year deal, which all but guarantees he is auditioning for his next job in 2012.
All around, this is the biggest week for the Eagles since 2004 when they lured Jevon Kearse and Terrell Owens to South Philly. In just two days, the Eagles have upgraded their defensive backfield, defensive end position, and replaced their backup QB. They are the winners thus far in this wild offseason.
There are plenty of reasons to rip the Eagles' organization over the years, but you have to give them credit for being active. And, they are sending a message to their foes in the NFC that they are on a mission this year to make it to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
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