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Report: Eagles lukewarm on Asomugha

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The signs have pointed this offseason towards Philadelphia making an aggressive run at Nnamdi Asomugha.

The team has a gaping hole at cornerback, they have been aggressive signing free agents in the past, and Asomugha would make for a great complement to Asante Samuel.

That all makes sense on paper, but Clark Judge of CBSSports.com writes the Eagles aren’t that interested in reality.  He cites those close to the team who say Philly is “indifferent” towards Asomugha because of his anticipated pricetag and his skill set as a “press cornerback who plays only the right-cornerback position.”

Hmmm.  The Eagles need a press cornerback, so it’s odd to hear it like it’s a bad thing.

Andy Reid also called Asante Samuel a “left cornerback” the day they signed him, so a preference for a side hardly seems like a deal breaker.   ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss tells us that Samuel primarily played the left side in New England; 72% of Samuel’s starts came there.

Judge also says that Asomugha’s age (30) may partly scare the Eagles away.

“From what I gather, the Eagles respect and admire Asomugha; they just don’t think he’s the right guy for them,” Judge writes.

That may be true, but we’re still not sure what to make of this report. It’s possible the Eagles are just trying to change the narrative that they are the favorites to land Asomugha this summer.

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  1. flyinhighwithvick says: Jun 7, 2011 3:04 PM

    I still can’t understand how or why the Eagles are linked to every big name that’s going to be available. Where do people get this from? Yes they have a hole at corner. They also have holes at both DT positions, all 3 LB positions, and holes along both the defensive and offensive lines.

    They will do like they did last year, look for players that are available, but have had injury issues and sign them on the cheap, with incentive based contracts. Then when those players get hurt, and they get bounced from the 1st round of the playoffs, they blame it on injuries. This is what Reid, Banner and Lurie do, what is the big surprise here?

  2. baddegg says: Jun 7, 2011 3:06 PM

    Maybe they are just trying to minimize the amount of the price tag, but implying less market demand for his services?

  3. blackbeardk says: Jun 7, 2011 3:07 PM

    Aso is a man corner, the Eagles play zone defense…not a good fit…

  4. kevinfromphilly says: Jun 7, 2011 3:09 PM

    They’re either very interested and making a lame attempt to not show their hand, or they’re planting the seeds of the “well, he’s really not that good” propaganda after somebody else out bids them. Either way, it’s something that didn’t need to get reported right now.

  5. 2mannings1cup says: Jun 7, 2011 3:09 PM

    Congratulations to the Eagles for not just throwing money around and signing him just because he is the biggest name on the market….wait nevermind, there is a lockout, no credit due.

  6. raiderman81 says: Jun 7, 2011 3:12 PM

    Dont want to sign nnamdi because hes a RCB only?

    hmm I guess they dont want to have the “right side” of the field shut down either then huh…

  7. richgannon says: Jun 7, 2011 3:13 PM

    Nnamdi is “right” for every single team in this league, its funny the only team nobody mentions in the rumors is his current team, Nnamdi isn’t going anywhere…What Al wants Al gets…….other than a stadium.

    Just Win Baby

  8. beckzhere says: Jun 7, 2011 3:15 PM

    I would love to see him as a Falcon! I know, I know, there’s no chance of that happening.

    A guy can wish can’t he?

  9. sdffa11 says: Jun 7, 2011 3:17 PM

    most likely the eagles are posturing to drive down his price tag. to say we’re not interested when we have a clear and gaping need at the exact position he plays and considering he’s been all-pro for the last 3-4 years, what team wouldn’t want him, even if he is 30?

  10. eagles83 says: Jun 7, 2011 3:17 PM

    Only the Eagles would say that arguably the best corber ‘isn’t the right guy for them” at the position of the most dire need on the team.

    Sounds about right.

    Who, then is available? There are no other FA CBs out there who would be much, if any, upgrade to our squad minus Joseph but he’s tendered at a 1st and 3rd so that won’t happen.

  11. We'reFineThere says: Jun 7, 2011 3:22 PM

    Didn’t Asante put up a fight about not wanting to play press last year? Did not new Defensive Coordinator say he wants a defense like the Bears (Tampa 2)? Did the Eagles lose any games last year where it wasn’t because of their corners or the opponents blitzing aging physical corners? (Hobbs vs Jennings, Hobbs vs Britt, Patterson vs Soldier Field, Woodson blitzing, Antoine Winfield blitzing, Antrel Rolle blitzing but bailed out by Vick/Jackson)

  12. arzcardinals says: Jun 7, 2011 3:24 PM

    He had only 13 catches all of last year against him.

    I don’t care how you want to talk it…yip it or yap it…He is an AMAZING CB – arguably the BEST CB in the NFL.

    With just him the other teams #1 WR is shut down.

    He will get top dollar…talk or no talk.

  13. jtam963 says: Jun 7, 2011 3:24 PM

    Bears better make a move on him if no cap is put in place. I know he is 30 same age as Tillman, but for a 2 yr contract I think Bears need to go all in and fill holes.

  14. arzcardinals says: Jun 7, 2011 3:25 PM

    O yea…not a single TD was scored on him.

    those that say Revis is better…he had 4 TD’s scored on him.

  15. We'reFineThere says: Jun 7, 2011 3:26 PM

    Edit: I guess you can say Clay Matthews was moreso responsible for the first loss, but they already covered their bases there by drafting his brother

  16. netherscourge says: Jun 7, 2011 3:30 PM

    I’d rather have this guy than Plaxico. The Eagles don’t need another WR – they need a DEFENSE.

    They had one of the worst red zone defenses in the game last year.

    But the Eagles are notorious for going after injury-prone players because they fit nicely under the cap with PLENTY of room to spare.

    They’ll probably take a cheap incentive-based Plaxico over an expensive 30-year-old Pro-Bowl CB.

    I hope I’m wrong. Two solid CBs would definitely help that defense out.

  17. upperdecker19 says: Jun 7, 2011 3:32 PM

    He’s not coming off of a major injury. The Eagles would have no interest.

  18. sullybleedsgreen says: Jun 7, 2011 3:34 PM

    I can see the Eagles looking very closely at Jonathan Joseph or Richard Marshall. Both are a few years younger than Nnamdi Asomugha( 30 ). Johnathan Joseph is 27 and Richard Marshall is 26. Depending on what goes on with restricted free agents Brent Grimes may also be an option.

  19. qj1984 says: Jun 7, 2011 3:36 PM

    The Eagles are just trying not to appear desperate. They made their intentions to pursue Aso clear when they passed on Jimmy Smith in the draft.

    Dont posture now.

  20. saxmachine69 says: Jun 7, 2011 3:36 PM

    He’s going to Tampa or Dallas, book it

  21. scubasteve4930 says: Jun 7, 2011 3:36 PM

    out with talib…in with aso!

    BUCS!

  22. tombradyswig says: Jun 7, 2011 3:37 PM

    blackbeardk says: Jun 7, 2011 3:07 PM

    Aso is a man corner, the Eagles play zone defense…not a good fit…

    Who knows what the D will look like this yr?!?!? It may just look like an OL!!!!!!!!!

    JAUN CASTILO?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?

  23. jakek2 says: Jun 7, 2011 3:43 PM

    I’m a Giants’ fan and have no problem admitting that the Eagles’ have a stellar front office. Sure they let talent go and come off cheap but whoever is evaluating talent there (aside from some stinker draft picks but who doesn’t have those), they make some pretty wise decisions.

    Face it, the Eagles biggest competition comes from NYG and Dal who have Nicks, Manningham, Steve Smith, Boss, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Felix Jones. These two WR corp are arguably top 7 young WR corp in the entire NFL much less NFC East. Phi has their own stable and it is no wonder why NYG aborted their plan to draft a OL in first round to take Amukamara.*

    I fully expect Phi to pay whatever for Aso and I’d say right now that whatever it is would be money well spent.

    Plax is almost guaranteed to sign somewhere in the NFC East and this only increases that division’s need for standout corners.

  24. jdlaroo says: Jun 7, 2011 3:45 PM

    Nnamdi has made millions based on his ability being overhyped in some mystical way in the press. In actuality no one really knows how good he is. The few times he’s been challenged he’s been known to get flagged or had passes completed on him. In Oakland, he’s famous for being the first Raider to congratulate the winning opposing team’s players after a Raider loss smiling all the while. Time will tell, especially if he goes to a division with potent passing attacks that eventually expose him.

  25. nyjalleffingday says: Jun 7, 2011 3:46 PM

    @arzcardinals

    Revis was injured for a good portion of 2010, and nobody throws to Nnamdi anymore. You can just throw to the left and bypass him completely. Also, Revis is 25, Nnamdi is about to be 30. He had one of the best seasons a corner could have last year, and kept his form when he was healthy in 2010.

  26. armchairgm9 says: Jun 7, 2011 3:46 PM

    Nnamdi was targeted 1.5 times a game over the last 4 seasons. QB’s only went his way a little more than once a game. Enough said.

  27. miamiron says: Jun 7, 2011 3:52 PM

    richgannon says: Jun 7, 2011 3:13 PM

    Nnamdi is “right” for every single team in this league, its funny the only team nobody mentions in the rumors is his current team, Nnamdi isn’t going anywhere…What Al wants Al gets…….other than a stadium.
    *************************************************
    or a playoff victory

  28. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 7, 2011 3:59 PM

    Please stay out of the NFC East, Nnamdi…

  29. krow101 says: Jun 7, 2011 4:11 PM

    Amazing … a free agent that the Eagles are not going to sign.

  30. 2011to2020lions says: Jun 7, 2011 4:12 PM

    The Lions were about to give up their whole draft for P Peterson, so don’t think for a second they wont go after this guy. Welcome to Detroit and the future Superbowl Champions

  31. snowpea84 says: Jun 7, 2011 4:12 PM

    In what world is an elite football player not right for a team?

  32. halo81 says: Jun 7, 2011 4:20 PM

    Well, Judge is being fed a load of crap here. First of all, the Eagles only play “right or left” cornerbacks. They never flip with receivers, ever. It has never happened.

    That would actually be a buying point for the Eagles.

    His price tag wouldn’t play a part either.

    So, this is a BS report.

    Now, I’ve been hearing the same thing about the Eagles and Nnamdi since February as well, but it has had nothing to do with RCB, money or age.

    The reasons given in that article are just silly.

  33. twags26 says: Jun 7, 2011 4:25 PM

    jdlaroo-

    overhyped? no one knows how good he really is? ask any O coordinator, scout, QB/WR, or anyone that has actually watched this guy play over the years and they will tell you exactly how good he is. There are quotes from wide receivers and personel types all over the league praising nmandi.

    “he’s been known to get flagged or had passes completed on him”

    where you came up with that gem I have no clue but you need to do your research before you post statements that are blatantly incorrect. It just makes you look ignorant or extremely biased. His stats(or lack there of, in a good way) over the last 4-5 years are the envy of every other man to man corner in this league.

  34. halo81 says: Jun 7, 2011 4:28 PM

    @flyinhighwithvick

    You really are a true TATEr aren’t you? Love this post you made…

    I still can’t understand how or why the Eagles are linked to every big name that’s going to be available. Where do people get this from? Yes they have a hole at corner. They also have holes at both DT positions, all 3 LB positions, and holes along both the defensive and offensive lines.

    The Eagles went out and gave the biggest contract in the history of the NFL to an OT to Jon Runyan under Andy Reid. They gave out the biggest contract in the history of the NFL to a DE in Jevon Kearse and traded for Terrell Owens in the same season. One of the largest for a CB in NFL history in Asante Samuel. Went out and traded a 1st round pick for a LT in Jason Peters.

    You’re right, they NEVER spend money. Shut your gob dude.

    Holes at all three LB positions? Are you playing Madden?

    Cheney was a guy that was outstanding last season and will start at WILL, Bradley comes back at MIKE and Fokou has been very good at SAM. I guess you’re still looking for Brian Urlacher types though, right?

    You mentioned DL twice…the Eagles have been in the Top 5 in sacks for 4 years straight. Their defensive tackles are very solid. They could afford to move Mike Patterson and get a guy to better fit the new defensive scheme.

    Holes along the offensive line? They have 2 quality starting centers, just drafted an immediate starting guard, but still have more behind him on the right side, have a Pro Bowler at LG and are fine at both tackles.

    Go back to the Eagles Message Board and post this crap on TATE.

  35. tombrookshire says: Jun 7, 2011 4:29 PM

    Andy Reid is the smartest coach in the history of football. He can take a nobody and coach him up to be a pro bowler. When the guy moves on to another team for a big money contract, Andy just titters, because he knows the guy will be just a guy somewhere else. So, if you are that kind of coach, it is really counter productive to go out and buy great players. How’s that going to demonstrate your genuis? Now you see why Coach Reid has all those Super Bowl rings, and the rest of ‘em don’t!!!

  36. eaglesfan290 says: Jun 7, 2011 4:31 PM

    The Eagles will be just as good if they sign Joseph as they would be if they signed ASO. He is younger, won’t cost as much, and be with the team longer.

    ASO comes with a bit of sticker shock, he is 30 almost 31, and Asante isn’t exactly young which means they don’t need two players who at the same time run out of Gas.

    The reality is he is going to want a 4-5 year deal with a ton of gaurented money; that isn’t what the Eagles do with a guy who is almost 31 the exception being Vick.

    When the Eagles say they are going to make a splash in FA believe it; it’s just not going to be one guy but probably a Safety, MLB, and a CB. I could also easily see the Eagles signing insentive based contract deals with Plax, Hanyesworth, and Babin.

    What the Eagles do best is maximize value and hedge against risk. They also have a bunch of players who will be let go or traded almost as soon as the new CBA deal is done like Kolb, Akers, Weaver which will give them even more money.

  37. nfl25 says: Jun 7, 2011 4:34 PM

    asante only plyas the left side, so why would we have a problem with the 2nd best cb in the game only playing the left side? and we do play press, we go back and forth, but we do press. only thing that might scare them is his age combined with the price tag. if he was young they would go after him hard, not so sure now that he is 30

  38. twags26 says: Jun 7, 2011 4:39 PM

    and you bucs and lions fans are laughable. You do realize that your teams play a cover 2 defense right? and that paying Nnmadi the type of money he will command would be a complete waste of money and of nnmadi’s talents?
    his specialty is his near perfect PRESS MAN coverage, which is the most difficult technique to master, but you want your team to pay him 12 mil per (minimum) to basically cover the flat? the whole point of the cover 2 system is that it doesn’t require elite corners, which are few and far btwn and pricey.

    if you wanna call yourself a fan of a team at least do yourself the favor of knowing what system your team plays so people won’t look at both your fanbases as complete jokes

  39. eaglescouch says: Jun 7, 2011 4:56 PM

    If anything, this makes me think the Eagles are MORE likely to sign him.

  40. doncornelious says: Jun 7, 2011 5:04 PM

    Why would they want NNamdi? They are trading Kolb to AZ for DRCromartie + AZ’s 2012 #1 + AZ’s 2013 #1 + AZ’s 2014 #1 + AZ’s 2015 #1 + AZ’s 2016 #1 + AZ’s 2017 #1 + AZ’s 2018 #1 + AZ’s 2019 #1…

  41. beastofeden says: Jun 7, 2011 5:25 PM

    The Nnamdi Asomugha bandwagon is going to get a rude awakening this season. He is NOT worth 10+ Million a year. His coverage skills are not top tier. Hell, the dude has about 9 INT’s in his career.

    His reputation is the only thing keeping him afloat. Once QB’s start testing him and stop avoiding his side they will realize he his “shutdown”.

    Same with the Detriot Lions. Stop jocking them. They still stink and aren’t going to the post season anytime soon

  42. tommybr4 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:12 PM

    best tandem in football..hands down, if it happens

  43. backinblack67 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:22 PM

    beastofeden says:
    Jun 7, 2011 5:25 PM
    The Nnamdi Asomugha bandwagon is going to get a rude awakening this season. He is NOT worth 10+ Million a year. His coverage skills are not top tier. Hell, the dude has about 9 INT’s in his career.

    His reputation is the only thing keeping him afloat. Once QB’s start testing him and stop avoiding his side they will realize he his “shutdown”.

    Same with the Detriot Lions. Stop jocking them. They still stink and aren’t going to the post season anytime soon

    He had 8 ints in 2006 alone playing LEFT cb…thats when everyone got smart and started throwing the other way. You need to get a clue.

  44. twags26 says: Jun 7, 2011 6:36 PM

    haha right “once QB’s start testing him” that hasn’t happened the past four years!!! I don’t think you understand how rare it is for a corner to competly shut down his half of the field the way Nnamdi does. TARGETED 1.5 times per game over the past FOUR YEARS! Do. you understand how special hat is?!?! some of the elite QB’s in the game, manning, rivers, schaub, didn’t even test him this year, but I guess you know more than them right. He’s shut down Larry Fitz, Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne and countless other top notch wideouts, but ya I guess he’s overrated.

    you just sound dumb

  45. macjacmccoy says: Jun 7, 2011 7:02 PM

    Like I said anytime someone says the Eagles are going to sign someone it doesnt happen. People said the Eagles are looking to sign Asomughwa which pretty much means there not. Andy Reid is to secretive if you hearhere going after some player its bc they want you to not bc its the truth

  46. db3300 says: Jun 7, 2011 7:18 PM

    The team that gets him may get a good player for a couple of years. The drop-off is pretty damn quick as a CB on the wrong side of 30. Deion Sanders went from being “the best shutdown corner in the history of the game” to just another one of Snyder’s bad decisions in a little over a year.

  47. beastofeden says: Jun 7, 2011 8:13 PM

    backinblack67 says: “He had 8 ints in 2006 alone ”

    What about 2007? 2008? 2009? 2010? You’re regurgitating 5 year old stats, old man.

    The NFL is a ‘what-have-you-done-for-me-lately’. Reggie Bush went 2nd overall in 2006, BFD.

  48. beastofeden says: Jun 7, 2011 8:22 PM

    07 INT’s- 1
    08 INT’s- 1
    09 INT’s- 1
    10 INT’s- 0

    @BlackinBlack:

    A real GAME CHANGING cornerback. 3 INT’s in 4 seasons. Now before you try to argue that he “cuts the field in half” or “isn’t thrown at”, think about Oakland’s win/loss record. He is doing NOTHING to benefit his defensive squad besides getting his counter part exposed.

    Nnamdi is overrated and over priced.
    I can’t wait to watch him a QB dominated division.

    FULL EXPOSURE

  49. raiderapologist says: Jun 7, 2011 9:37 PM

    beastofeden says: Jun 7, 2011 8:22 PM

    07 INT’s- 1
    08 INT’s- 1
    09 INT’s- 1
    10 INT’s- 0

    You won’t get picks if you don’t get chances. The only reason Asomugha is available is because Al Davis believes Stanford Routt will do.

  50. scubasteve4930 says: Jun 8, 2011 9:01 AM

    @twags26

    Seems your a tad confused. Are you stuck in 2002?? Tampa has gotten away from the days where they played mostly cover 2 defense. If you watched ANY of the bucs games…talib was sticking to the opposing #1 WR like glue. That is surely not a cover 2 defense. Watch a few games before you rag on any teams fanbase.

  51. odessabucs says: Jun 8, 2011 11:51 AM

    Bucs won’t pay that kind of money for a guy who’s not a Tampa 2 CB. Not to mention the fact, The need is to replace the left corner Talib.

  52. raiderinpa says: Jun 8, 2011 12:56 PM

    Doesnt matter how good or bad ANY of you think Aso is, he will retire a RAIDER!! Do you really think Al will let his prize pupil walk?… get real…

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