Philadelphia Eagles: 7 Reasons They Must Sign Nnamdi Asomugha
As the lockout continues and the free-agency period continues to be delayed, speculation will continue to mount up regarding Nnamdi Asomugha. He's a player who Eagles fans have been talking about for quite some time now, and clearly could be a great asset for the Birds.
They won't be the only team with interest in the standout corner. He's going to be a target for many teams. The Eagles have had plenty of time to think about how badly they'd like to add him to the team. If they want to bring him in, they're going to have to throw a lot of money at him, but they have the cap space to do so.
It's hard to argue against adding a player like Asomugha, so here are some reasons why the Eagles should bring him to Philadelphia.
7. The Eagles' Defense Clearly Needs Help
It's hard to argue that the Eagles offense needs more help than the defense. Despite inconsistencies out of their line and in the red zone, the offense still managed to score a ton of points. There are some questions heading into the 2011 season, but no where near the amount that the defense has.
Juan Castillo will take over as the defensive coordinator and it is believed that he'll be simplifying things. This doesn't seem like a very bad idea for a team that is expecting so much out of a lot of young players defensively.
With Castillo's transition, it's hard to believe the Eagles will become a dominant defense out of the gate. The fact that the lockout is restricting the coaches from working out with the players right now doesn't help either.
Adding a proven talent like Asomugha can allow Castillo to work with other players while still getting tremendous production from the new Eagle.
6. He Can Help Be a Leader on a Young Defense
The Eagles had a lot of youth on their defense last season, and after this year's draft, it looks like they will be getting even younger defensively. This isn't a problem as I think they have a lot of players who can be good for a long time. However, you still need to have some veteran leaders.
With Quintin Mikell likely leaving Philadelphia, Asomugha could be a great guy to add to the locker room. This isn't to say he has to put the defense on his shoulders, but a guy with that much talent automatically commands respect.
He's not the most flashy player, but there's no doubting the amount of talent he has. It's common knowledge, and he'd be a great resource for the younger Eagles players.
5. He'll Take Pressure Off Other Corners
A number of corners that are currently on the Eagles roster had some bad experiences last season. They were forced into roles they weren't ready for due to injuries, and failed to step up to the plate.
The confidence level is down among Eagles corners, and it's hard to believe any corner on the roster truly believes they can be a starter.
Bringing in Asomugha would mean that the current corners on the roster would enter a competition for the nickel position. This is an area where we saw much better performances out of guys like Joselio Hanson who struggled when forced to play on the outside.
With a tandem of Asomugha and Asante Samuel, you have to believe opposing quarterbacks would look to exploit which ever corner lines up at the nickel spot. There may be added pressure here, but Hanson and company would feel much more comfortable lining up inside.
4. He's a Perfect Compliment For Asante Samuel
Samuel and Asomugha clearly have very different styles of play. Samuel likes to play with a cushion and trick quarterbacks to throw at him, while Asomugha is much more physical and rarely provides any window of opportunity.
Both players have had a lot of success with their styles despite the differences.
To me, if you're looking for a guy to line up opposite of Samuel, he needs to have the physical attributes that Samuel lacks. Asomugha fits the bill perfectly here.
His lock-down style of play will make quarterbacks look the other way, and with the window Samuel provides, quarterbacks would probably look his way more often. This is exactly what Samuel wants as he has great instincts on jumping passes thrown in his direction.
It would be a match made in heaven.
3. Corner is the Eagles Biggest Need
This is something I believed heading into the draft, and after not finding a potential starter through the draft, my feelings remain the same.
The Eagles defense had other issues last season, but you can't say you weren't sick of watching our corners get absolutely torched. There was no consistency at the position, and it cost the team football games.
There is a short list of positions I'd like to see the Eagles address in free agency, but no position even comes close to the corner spot in my eyes. The Eagles don't have anyone on the roster who they can get by with.
They need a guy who can come in and dominate right away, and Asomugha is that guy.
2. The Eagles Are in Win-Now Mode
The Eagles are constantly in the running to make a deep playoff run, but they always seem to come up short. They seem to be lacking a few pieces to get over the hump, but Eagles fans are desperate for a title.
Andy Reid knows what the fans want, and he wants the same thing. His job security may be on the line if he can't lead the Eagles to the promised land very soon.
This team has a ton of talent, and if they can bring in a few more dominant players, there's no reason they can't go all the way. The organization and the fans want to win now.
Asomugha is getting up there in age, and he's not a guy that will play for this team for 10 years if he's signed. However, he can really help the Eagles get closer to a championship in the immediate future.
1. He's the Best Player Available
How do you make your team better? You add the best possible players that you can. This year, Nnamdi Asomugha is the best player available. Not only is he the best corner on the market, but he's also the best player on the market.
If it fills a large need and you want to win now, why settle for someone who is second best? There are other corners that will be available in free agency, but none of them are as talented as Asomugha.
He's not as well known as some other corners, because he doesn't intercept a lot of balls However, I believe he's the best corner in the game, and I know I'm not the only one who feels that way.
Asomugha is an incredible player and would make more of an impact for the Eagles defense than any other free agent they could possibly add.