Jon Asamoah, a largely unknown football player, could be a great addition for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jon Asamoah is not a famous NFL player. Partly because he plays the unpopular position that is offensive guard, partly because he is a young player . He is 25 years old and has been in the NFL since 2010, when the Kansas City Chiefs selected him in the third round of the draft. Barring a new deal with the Chiefs, he will become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday.
In his four years as a Chief, Asamoah played in 60 of the 64 regular season games. He was a starting guard in 41 of those games. He won the starting job in the 2013, but lost his spot to Geoff Schwartz in late November due to injury.
The Eagles are content with their offensive line and rightly so. They didn’t have issues with their pass protection and their run blocking. Jason Peters and Evan Mathis were dominant in the left wing of the offensive line. Jason Kelce played well as a blocker and looked comfortable making line calls. Todd Herremans was solid at right guard, despite some ups and downs. Right tackle Lane Johnson had his share of (expected) “rookie” struggles, but overall it was a better than satisfactory season for him.
Where does Jon Asamoah fit in this picture?
If the Eagles were to replace one of their starting offensive linemen, that would be Herremans. The “Toddfather”, as Herremans calls himself on Twitter, has not been at his best for the last couple of years. He is still a decent starter, but looks like his play is on the decline.
Additionally, Herremans will be 32 in October and he is not getting any younger. He is scheduled for a $5.2 million salary in 2015 and in 2016. Unless he returns to his 2010 form, the Eagles probably won’t pay him that money. They’ll need a younger guy to replace him.
Asamoah could be that guy. He could even challenge Herremans for the starting job this season. If he loses the position battle, he would be the best backup offensive lineman on the Eagles roster.
Herremans’ 2013 struggles were mostly in pass protection, which is Asamoah’s strength. Asamoah also has the right dimensions (6′ 4″ height, 33-inches long arms) and lots of experience. The best thing about him, though, is that Philadelphia can sign him at a fairly cheap price, probably with less than $2 million/year – a small price for a potential starter.