Nnamdi Asomugha: Philadelphia Eagles Quietly Ink 5-Year Deal

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIJuly 29, 2011

The Eagles add another defensive back to an already crowded roster
The Eagles add another defensive back to an already crowded rosterJed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

According to reports by ESPN's Adam Schefter and other league sources, the Philadelphia Eagles have signed standout Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a five-year deal worth $60 million.

The Eagles were originally in the running for Asomugha all offseason long but talk of him moving to the New York Jets or the Dallas Cowboys overshadowed the idea throughout much of the day.

That's when Reid, in his quiet manner of completing things, moved in for the kill.

Asomugha was a hot commodity all year long, but the Eagles were written out of the running to pick him up after the Kevin Kolb trade to the Arizona Cardinals that brought Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie into town.

Now, they've shocked everyone.

It's been a huge day for the Eagles organization after reports that they will sign former standout quarterback Vince Young and had already signed defensive end Jason Babin earlier in the day.

Now they've really solidified the secondary and defense by adding another seasoned veteran to the depth chart.

His height will give the Eagles a larger man in the secondary to match up against some of the taller receivers in the league.

Philadelphia has been making salary cap room all week long in anticipation of another big pickup.

When the Cowboys and Jets both dropped out of the running for the All-Pro corner late in the day Friday, the Eagles jumped at the chance, signing him mere minutes after the free-agent signing period began at 6 p.m. EST.

Asomugha is widely considered one of the best defensive backs in the league because of his speed for being such a large player.

During the 2010 season, he allowed only 10 receptions on 27 passes thrown his way when he played for Oakland.

His best season was in 2006 when he recorded 50 tackles, one sack and eight interceptions for the Raiders.

Though his stats during the past half decade don't seem to represent one of the best defensive backs in the NFL, the fact that no one is throwing toward him anymore should show how respected he really is.

The move means Asante Samuel may end up being moved out of Philly, a possibility that could bring even more action to the Eagles front office.