Could the Philadelphia Eagles Acquire Raiders Free Agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha?

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIJanuary 10, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the sidelines during the closing minutes of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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As anyone who watches the Eagles can tell, the team needs a starting cornerback.

Asante Samuel is a brilliant playmaker, but he needs help, and the combination of Dimitri Patterson and Joselio Hanson or whoever the Eagles play isn’t getting the job done.

Yesterday, Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, one of the best cornerbacks the NFL has seen in some time, became a free agent after his contract was voided.

He is a four time Pro Bowler, but Asomugha intercepted eight passes in 2006 but has just three interceptions in the past three seasons.


Because he is so good that teams literally won’t even thrown in his direction.

This season, Asomugha did miss a few games due to injuries, but when he played he was unbelievable.

He allowed 13 completions on 33 passes thrown his way. Those passes went for 205 yards and no touchdowns. He had six passes defended, meaning he got his hands on one of every five passes thrown his way.

Asomugha allowed 15 receiving yards per game, an average of 0.92 catches per game, and a passer rating of 60.8. But the his biggest factor is something that no number can capture: his intimidation factor.

Quite simply, Asomugha is everything the Philadelphia Eagles need.

With Asomugha shutting down every No. 1 wide receiver, teams would be forced to throw Asante Samuel’s way.

Yeah, Samuel would give up the big plays, but can you imagine how many interceptions Samuel would get if he played with Asomugha? He might get 10 to 12 picks, maybe more.

Asomugha is the type of player the Eagles should pursue. In fact, he is so good that they should go all out after him.

The Eagles have an explosive offense, but they desperately need a solid defense, and a great cornerback like Asomugha would be perfect for defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.



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