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article imageNFL: Eagles get Nnamdi Asomugha to sign for 5-year deal

By Austin Tyler     Jul 29, 2011 in Sports
Philadelphia - The NFL and it’s fans were waiting to see where one of the most dominate corners would land in this spectacle of deals this week, and the surprise came down with the Eagles getting Asomugha to join the fold.
The NFL sources and the chatter around the media was he was looking to land in New York with the Jets, but out of nowhere the Philadelphia Eagles snatch up the former Oakland Raiders’ corner. The Pro Bowl cornerback signed a deal for five-years worth $60 million, with $25 million guaranteed. This was a great deal for the Eagles seeing they just added another good corner in Pro Bowler Dominique Rogers-Cromartie in a trade for Kevin Kolb who was sent to the Arizona Cardinals.
In his eight year with the Raiders Nnamdi Asomugha has had a total of 272 solo tackles with, 11 interceptions and 2 sacks all while starting 122 games for the silver and black. He had a career-high eight interceptions in 2006, went to the Pro Bowl after the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons and was named a first-team all-pro in 2008 and 2010.
Despite only having three interceptions over the past three seasons with the Raiders, Asomugha was wanted by more than a handful of teams that really need the service of a dominate corner of his stature. He will be teaming up with two Pro Bowl corners in Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuels who has 334 tackles and 42 interceptions in his eight-year career.
The New York Jets were so set on getting Nnamdi Asomugha that they allowed Antonio Cromartie to walk this off-season as a free-agent. They will be looking to re-sign him to a deal seeing they could not land Asomugha. Rex Ryan of the Jets was looking to team Asomugha with already elite cornerback Darrelle Revis on the opposite side. The negotiations went on for about two days or so and ended with him looking to play elsewhere.
The Jets wanted Asomugha bad as they re-worked contracts with a handful of players and even released players to get the money to sign the highly touted cornerback. They now have cap-room to work deals out with other free-agents but missed out on their big fish.
The Eagles on the other hand are improving their defense that was ranked 21st overall in Total defense, 18th overall in Passing Yards defense, 17th overall in Receiving defense, but 3rd overall in interceptions with 23 total.
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