Nnamdi Asomugha To The Eagles? They Must Sign Him and Make Other Improvements

Michael FoglianoAnalyst IJanuary 14, 2011

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 05:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 the Oakland Raiders looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 28-13.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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It is known by every NFL fan that shutdown corner, Nnamdi Asomugha, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Many rumors and teams have sparked around his name lately, but one of them that has stood out is the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles must make a move and find someway to sign the four-time Pro Bowler.

With all of the other improvements that need to be made, the team will not be able to satisfy all all needs through the draft, one being cornerback.

Alongside Asante Samuel is no one.

Guys like Dimitri Patterson, Ellis Hobbs and Joselio Hanson are just solid three, four and five corners.

If the Eagles get Asomugha, the Eagles are extremely deep at the cornerback position and would easily have the best corps in the league.

Asomugha, who is only 29, would be a huge help for the futureespecially considering the fact that the NFL is evolving into a pass-first league.

The duo of Asomugha and Samuel would cause a huge detour for quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady come crunch time.

He may demand a lot of money, but Asomugha and the fans deserve it.

Eagles fans have been gypped way too many times over the years and either way, I'm sure Asomugha would be willing to take a small pay cut to leave Oakland and win a Super Bowl.

After coming off yet another disappointing loss in the postseason against the Green Bay Packers, the Eagles are looking to improve upon areas they lacked in the 2010 season.

They have already made several free-agent signings including: wide receivers Sinorice Moss, Rod Harper and Jeremy Williams, offensive linemen A.Q Shipley, Dallas Reynolds and Fenuki Tupou, tight ends John Nalbone and Cornelius Ingram, and defensive back Jamar Wall.

Jeffery Lurie and the Eagles front office have responded to the playoff loss by starting early with transactions—and they certainly should keep up the work.

They are proving they are going to dedicate this offseason by polishing up the defense and fixing the offensive line.

During that loss, Philadelphia definitely missed the presence of Stewart Bradley, Nate Allen and Brandon Graham. They are all difference-makers who would have made a huge effect on the game.

Although the loss brought the worst out of the defense, when it is healthy the main contributors are Trent Cole, Samuel, Bradley, Allen and Graham. Alongside those key players are just average players.

However, one thing that can be said is that Philadelphia needs linebackers.

You know—the ones that know how to tackle?

Aside from Bradley, the Eagles don't possess any quality linebackers. They are just below average-average.

If the Eagles want to win, they are going to need a fair share of linebackers that can stop the opponent's run game.

Right now, the Eagles are starting Moises (no, not Moses) Fokou and Ernie Sims (who doesn't have a brain, but is very athletic) next to Bradley. Like I said earlier, they really aren't the best bets for linebacker. 

Solid coming off the bench, but nothing special to start.

Another aspect the Eagles really need to improve upon is the O-Line.

Jason Peters and Todd Herremans are solid, but believe it or not, some of our lineman are just too big (Winston Justice and Max Jean-Giles) that they are beaten on the ground and by speed too many times.

Quite frankly, I am tired of seeing Michael Vick get pressured in the pocket almost every play.


Bottom Line: The Eagles need to sign Nnamdi Asomugha and focus the upcoming draft strictly on offensive linemen and linebackers.

With hope that they receive some quality players in the draft, the Eagles will be entering next season with a tremendous offense, an improved offensive line and a great defense.

If these goals are fulfilled, the Eagles will be a top Super Bowl contender in 2011.


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