Nnamdi Asomugha Instantly Makes Philadelphia Eagles Heavy Super Bowl Favorites

Eitan KatzAnalyst IIJuly 29, 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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What a day it has been for Nnamdi Asomugha. After millions upon millions of Tweets of speculation, the coveted cornerback will be joining the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles swooped in at the last second to secure the biggest name in the 2011 NFL free-agent class. It wasn't easy, by any means, but a deal has been made. According to the human free-agent tracker, Adam Schefter, the deal is for five years, worth $60 million and $25 million guaranteed.

Sweet payday for a 30-year-old cornerback.

The New York Jets were thought to be the favorites up until the last second before Nnamdi made his decision. Surely, Jets fans will be crying about this for days, unless GM Mike Tannenbaum can convince Antonio Cromartie to come back.

Not likely.

As for the Eagles, well, there really is no other way to say it: They are now the best team in the NFL on paper. I know, they haven't "won" anything yet, but with their team's additions this offseason, they could very well have had one of the best free agency periods in NFL history.

Asomugha will now start across the field from All-Pro cornerback Asante Samuel, who had 16 interceptions in the last two seasons. Along with newly acquired cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Eagles now have one of the most formidable cornerback trios in, you guessed it, NFL history.

On offense, Michael Vick will once again lead a team of super-athletes like Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy.

A team which was almost impossible to stop last year just got the absolute best player in free agency.

Their offense should improve, as any offense would with so many young stars. On defense, the loss of Quintin Mikell will hurt, but the addition of pass-rushing virtuoso Jason Babin might help cure that weakness. His 12.5 sacks last season were good for sixth in the NFL. Along with Trent Cole, they will have an extremely disruptive defensive front.

So to review, the Eagles now have two cornerbacks, one good, one great, a very good pass-rusher and a backup quarterback (in Vince Young) who could probably start on about six NFL teams right now.

After going 10-6 last season, I'm putting the over/under this year at 14 wins and no less than a Super Bowl appearance.

What do you think?