According to a recent report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, chances are good that stud cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha might find his way to Philly sometime this offseason.
Said Schefter: “Every single team in the league would want him, but there are only a handful of realistic destinations for him. My sense is that topping the list are three NFC East teams: Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington. Each could use a superior cornerback, failed to land a front-line cornerback in last month’s draft, has shown the ability to spend money in the past and will not want to see Asomugha on a division rival.”
Out of those three teams, the Eagles currently have the lowest committed salary heading into the 2011 season (Cowboys $136.6 million; Redskins $115.2 million; Eagles $80.8 million). Which means, theoretically, that the Birds have the firepower to land the all-pro monster if they decide he’s worth the cost. Asomugha has also hinted at the fact that he’d like to sign with a contender, possibly on the east coast. If the Eagles decide to take a win-now mentality this season – and I think they will – it would seem we have a better than average chance of locking up the Nnam.
This is not to say it’s a guarantee, of course, and there are a number of things that could potentially keep the four-time Pro Bowler out of Eagle green.
Thanks to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning’s recent blockbuster contracts, Michael Vick’s franchise tag is not going to come cheap. And Desean Jackson (Drew Rosenhaus) will be looking for a new contract sometime before November, when all of his Pro Bowls will come back to haunt us in the form of lots and lots of zeroes. Andy Reid has proven unpredictable when it comes to renegotiations, but after that miracle punt return at the New Meadowlands last season I’d bet most of my private body parts that DJax gets paid without argument.
Depending on how the deals shake out and how the contracts are structured, we could be looking at a serious cap hit in both 2011 and 2012, the years where Nnamdi might be asking for the majority of his money. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s not cut-and-dry either.
In short, it’s good to hear someone with Scheft’s knowledge and inside access mention Nnamdi and the Eagles in the same sentence. But our front office rarely looks at the present moment, instead casting their eyes two, three, and sometimes even four years down the road. If Banner/Reid/Roseman could save $7 million a year by taking Johnathan Joseph over Awesome-wa, don’t be surprised if they just let him go to Dallas. If I had to bet, however, I’d say this is the year we finally break open the piggy bank.
Editor’s Note: In response to reader feedback, the title of this article has been changed to more clearly reflect the writer’s intended opinion.