Nnamdi Asomugha Signs with Philadelphia Eagles, Who Still Aren't NFC Favorites

Thomas EmerickSenior WriterJuly 29, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  A Philadelphia Eagles fan poses for a photo before they play against the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Nnamdi Asomugha might have Eagles fans dreaming of a February trip to Indy, but maybe we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves over a team that sputtered down the stretch last season and added a couple shiny pieces this week.

Granted, the excitement of Andy Reid and Co. swooping in as the third "mystery team" (so mysterious) in the Asomugha sweepstakes is truly overwhelming. Philadelphians should be high-fiving each other.

But as the Packers sneak along during another relatively quiet offseason, it reminds that Philly plowing through the NFC is far from a given.

The Eagles have finally wrestled the offseason Super Bowl from the Washington Redskins' cold, defeated hands, but that won't necessarily translate into even a jump in wins, which were hard to come by the last time this team was in action.

Their struggles for three quarters against the Giants in Week 15 seemed to yield somewhat of a blueprint that helped Joe Webb's Vikings top them in Philly the following game, ultimately costing the Eagles a first-round bye.

And whether or not substantially more film and defensive scheming for the new Michael Vick will see diminished offensive production this season, the defending champion Packers must still be considered the Super Bowl favorite. Absolutely ridiculous to make the case otherwise.

While Philadelphia's best wide receiver holds out, Green Bay's arsenal will remain intact outside of the stone-handed James Jones. They will miss going into halftime on a dropped 60-yard touchdown, but that's about it.

Besides Cullen Jenkins, the key cogs stick around, collect their paychecks and enter their prime, which is not what Asomugha is doing.

Let's lay this out: This week Philadelphia is the toast of the league for some splashy moves without giving up too much. Asomugha cost $25 million guaranteed and $60 million potentially over five years—a bargain for the best cornerback in his 30s.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick arrived at the price of a backup quarterback. This would clear room for the Eagles to steal more headlines: replacing Kevin Kolb with a head case almost no team wanted.

While Asante Samuel pours a couple drinks and turns off NFL Network, much like this New York Giants fan, the Eagles now possess an embarrassment of riches at cornerback spots one through three, an offensive line coach-turned-defensive coordinator and a running quarterback who hasn't played a full season since 2006.

Forget about what happened before the lockout and book those plane tickets to Indy.