NFL: Philadelphia Eagles' Joe Banner Adds Fuel To the Nnamdi Asomugha Fire

Dan Pennwyn@@WeBleedingGreenCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 17:  Nnamdi Asomugha  #21 of the Oakland Raiders breaks up a pass intended for Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 17, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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ESPN Insider Tom Kavanagh reported early Thursday morning the Philadelphia Eagles could in fact be in the market for the NFL's most feared cornerback—Nnamdi Asomugha.

I'll start with the usual public service announcement that before anything can take place, a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) must be reached by the March 3 expiration date. Is anyone else sick of having to read that?

Team president Joe Banner is the reason for the re-speculation that the Eagles might be interested in Nnamdi, as he made some comments earlier this week that definitely caught the attention of Eagles fans.

"There may be opportunities to get some great players that can make a difference at large salaries," Banner explained to Philly press. "There may be an opportunity to get some guys that are very good players, but, because there are so many free agents at once, are very good values, and we’re going to try to be in a position to take advantage of the situation.

"If we went or didn't go in any particular direction, it wouldn't be because of the balance of the cap at that particular position."

Banner's statement indicates that Asante Samuel's big contract won't have any bearing on their decision to bring in Asomugha. Samuel is also expected to have a monstrous salary as well.

The addition of such a key player would also force opposing offenses to become more one-dimensional because what quarterback is going to want to throw the ball against Samuel and Asomugha? It would take a brave soul or a stupid coach to do that for an entire game.

So teams will be forced to run the ball more, and that could be just as much of a problem, as the Eagles' run defense has ranked in the top 10 in the league over the past few years. Basically, the Eagles' defense would be as potentially intimidating as Philly fans have become accustomed to seeing—and cheering for.

Immediately following the loss to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, the speculation Asomugha would become an Eagle was evident and for good reason. Throughout the entire 2010 season, the right side of the secondary fell victim to being exposed. 

Veterans Ellis Hobbs and Dimitri Patterson couldn't stop the pass to save their lives in certain games, but in others, they would play sound football. The problem was consistency in the secondary, and Asomugha brings that.

Samuel once again proved to be the interception king he is known for, and although his tackling got a little better from the 2009 season, he could still improve. When a player is voted to multiple Pro Bowls because of his freakish ability to jump the pass, missing tackles might not be liked, but it tends to get overlooked.

Adding Asomugha to the Eagles' defense would certainly make them a top contender for a Super Bowl appearance in 2011 (pending the CBA). The offense was more explosive than I've ever seen them, and with an improved offensive line of returning starters and the draft, they are only going to get better.

Again, unless something changes in the CBA by midnight on March 4 at the very earliest, none of what I’m saying will matter.

However, Philadelphia's door appears to be open for Asomugha if he would be interested.

Here's a final thought. If the Eagles were to sign Asomugha, would Joselio Hanson give up the rights to No. 21?


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