Nnamdi Asomugha can't wait for the NFL lockout to be officially over so he can get paid. And that he will.
Asomugha is one of the more prized free agents in the the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles will be searching for defensive backs to help their secondary, which was lacking last season. The defense gave up 327 passing yards per game in 2010.
The Eagles also have other needs. LeSean McCoy led the Eagles as a running back in receptions with 78. They need a receiver to have those reception numbers, not a running back.
Here are seven players the Eagles could potentially land for this season, if there is one.
LeSean McCoy led the Eagles in receptions with 78. Jeremy Maclin led the receiving corp with 70 receptions.
Braylon Edwards can step into a role where he isn't the main man. He struggled at times in Cleveland because of that—he had nobody else. In New York, he had Santonio Holmes and was consistently being covered by the opponent's No. 2 cornerback.
He recorded 53 receptions and seven touchdowns in 2010.
Edwards may not be the best option for the Eagles, but his numbers would drastically be improved in the Eagles' offensive scheme.
Philadelphia could bring in Vince Young as a backup to Mike Vick for 2011. I'm not sure why Young would want to be a backup; you would think that a player as successful as Young is would want to prove that he can be the starter on an NFL team.
It makes sense to want to bring him in considering the amount of injuries that Vick has during a season because of his scrambling sense of play.
If Kevin Kolb is out the door, the Eagles would welcome Young without question. I'm not sure if Young wants to settle as a backup, though. He shouldn't accept the role.
Plaxico Burress got out of jail this summer and is looking for work. We saw the Philadelphia Eagles take a chance on Mike Vick—and that turned out brilliantly—but will they take a look at Burress?
DeSean Jackson can stretch the field, without question, but he is more of a yardage receiver. He is the type of player that will give you four receptions for 100 yards. Burress is a good possession receiver, but you can also just throw the ball to him in the end zone.
How much can Burress help the Eagles after being in the slammer for a couple of years? Who knows. But, it shouldn't take too much money to land the former New York Giant. This thought process allows for a low risk/high reward type of move.
Sidney Rice looked like one of the best receivers in the National Football League during many stretches in 2009. He recorded 83 receptions for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns.
He got injured in 2010, causing him to catch 17 balls in six games played.
If he can return to the field at 100 percent, he would be the new primary target for Mike Vick. DeSean Jackson is a great deep threat, but isn't a No. 1 wide receiver in my mind. I think he is great, but he isn't a complete receiver.
The Eagles could use a healthy Rice. If they could add Rice to Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant, Philadelphia would have an even more lethal offensive passing game for 2011.
Antonio Cromartie is looking to get paid again. He will be a free agent that many teams will take a close look at.
He is only 27 years old, so he is in the prime of his career. He recorded 43 tackles and three interceptions in 2010.
Cromartie seems to be the perfect fit for Rex Ryan and the New York Jets. If the Eagles are willing to pay more than the Jets—which is highly possible considering the amount of players the Jets need and want to sign—then they could easily out-bid them for his services.
He is a very underrated corner with great speed. He can get burnt on many occasions because he relies too much on his speed, but he would be a solid upgrade for the Eagles.
The Philadelphia Eagles desperately need a cornerback. If Nnamdi Asomugha brings too hefty of a price, the Eagles could look across the state of Pennsylvania for Pittsburgh's Ike Taylor.
He will bring more of a price than some people may think. Taylor had one of his best seasons in a Steelers uniform in 2010. He recorded 66 tackles, two interceptions and a sack.
Taylor consistently locked the opponent's best receiver down, game after game. He has quietly crept into the conversation as one of the best cornerbacks in the AFC.
He brings something that Asomugha doesn't—playoff experience.
Nnamdi Asomugha is the prize free agent in this year's class. If the Eagles are willing to pay him the money, Philadelphia would have that shut-down cornerback that they are looking for.
19 tackles is all Asomugha had in 2010. Those numbers are indicative of the fact that nobody wants to throw his way. Do you blame them?
He only deflected six passes last season. It is remarkable to see the numbers he put up and I believe that he is one of the best. It works that way when you are talking about corners in the NFL.
A shut-down cornerback in the NFL is hard to find. When you have the opportunity to land one, teams will go to the maximum to do it.
Philadelphia may look in another direction for a cornerback because of the price tag, but it has to be tough to potentially overlook a player like Asomugha.