1. There isn’t a Philadelphia Eagles fan on the planet that’s totally gotten over this one.
If the 2017 Super Bowl championship is the high-point of the decade for the Philadelphia Eagles, the most disappointing might be the Nnamdi Asomugha contract. Back in 2011, it felt like the Eagles won the lottery by landing Asomugha, seemingly pulling the league’s biggest free-agent target in and, seemingly, doing so out of nowhere. Asomugha was an all-world corner during his time with the Oakland Raiders, earning multiple Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors.
Asomugha was one of the lone bright spots in what was one of the more miserable eras in Oakland and was regarded as one of the best football players on the planet. Who knows what happened when he came to Philadelphia. All we know is the deal cost Philly a five-year and $60 million purse.
Opposing quarterbacks had a QB rating of just 72.6 when targeting Asomugha from 2008 through 2010. In his first season in Philadelphia, it rose to 88.6. The following year, that number grew to 120.6, the worst rating in the entire league.
How exactly Asomugha fell so far from his dominant form is still somewhat of a mystery. Maybe it was a bad scheme fit in Juan Castillo’s 2011 defense, or maybe he simply lost a step. Either way, this one still leaves a bad taste in quite a few chops. The only reason Asomugha didn’t find himself at number one on this list is that he was actually really good before he arrived in Philadelphia. This wasn’t a strange move by any means, and the acquisition, at the time, made sense. Everyone wanted Asomugha. The “Birds” just didn’t get the result that they wanted.
After Roseman re-assumed his role in the organization, Maxwell was packaged with linebacker Kiko Alonso in a trade to Miami, and as fate would have it, Maxwell enjoyed a decent bounce-back season as a Dolphin in 2016, earning an 84.7 overall grade from PFF. In other words, he had saved his worst season for his lone season with the “Birds”. With that, we put the cherry on top of a cake that doesn’t taste so good. What better way to end this one.