It seems that most Eagles fans really want the team to strongly pursue Nnamdi Asomugha when free agency finally opens. They have a need for a corner who can step into the lineup immediately, so why not go out and get the best option?
Lining up Asomugha opposite of Asante Samuel would really give quarterbacks nightmares. Opposing offenses had a lot of success last season throwing away from Samuel. Throwing Asomugha into the equation would make every passing situation very difficult.
However, signing Asomugha would come at a hefty price. He’s arguably the best cornerback in the league and is going to be looking for a big pay day. Many teams will be interested in acquiring his services, so it’s a certainty that he’ll find that big paycheck somewhere.
Besides the large contract he’s going to demand, what else may be a turnoff for the Eagles? We all know how the Eagles react to players when they hit age 30. If the Eagles signed Asomugha, he’d be 30 before playing his first regular season game with the team.
With that in mind, that doesn’t mean the Eagles won’t look into signing Asomugha. We all believe they are in a “win now” mode, and Asomugha gives them the greatest chance to do so.
Quarterbacks refuse to throw at him, and Samuel loves tricking quarterbacks into throwing his way so he can break on the ball and cause turnovers. If the Eagles can find a guy to play well at the nickel corner position, they would be ridiculously hard to throw on.
So, why in the world would they pass on Asomugha? You have to go back to the factors mentioned above: cost and age.
The Eagles have more holes than just the corner position. They have other needs that they’ll need to address in free agency, both offensively and defensively.
Passing on Asomugha would mean they’d have to quickly attack another option. There are younger guys out there who have a lot of talent and will come at a cheaper price. The most commons name that have been discussed are Johnathan Joseph and Brent Grimes, who are both 27.
There are other options but these guys are on the next tier after Asomugha. They’re not quite the player Asomugha is, but like I said, they’re younger and won’t cost as much money.
We’ve also heard rumors about the Eagles getting a corner in a trade involving Kevin Kolb. The option we’ve heard involves sending Kolb to Arizona in return for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick. He’s another young, talented corner, and is only 25.
I’m not sure how realistic this trade situation is, as it seems more likely that the Eagles will only receive draft picks in return for Kolb. However, it’s possible that they could trade Kolb somewhere and end up getting a corner in return.
Regardless, the Eagles are going to have to be aggressive the moment free agency opens up. With the corner position being such a big need, they can’t drag their feet. I expect them to immediately bring in the guy they want to sign and not let him leave until he does.
If you hear that Asomugha is coming to visit Philly, I think they’ll throw a ton of money at him and he’ll end up in midnight green. Especially with the thought that Asomugha may very well end up in the NFC East, the Eagles would much rather have him playing with them then against them.
Things should definitely move quickly when free agency opens, but who knows when that will be.