Wake Up, Eagles!

Posted: July 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 117 Comments »

It is now 7:38pm and the Eagles haven’t made a move in over an hour.  When is Howie Roseman going to give us the aggressive offseason he planned???  What a bum!!!

So…how does it feel to have Nnamdi Asomugha on board?  Talk about a shocker (and I’m not referring to the kinky version either).  I can tell you that the Eagles had serious doubts about being in the running for him.  They expected a major bidding war.  I’m guessing that when the market fell a bit, they decided to jump in.

The Eagles now have the best trio of CBs in the league – Asante, Nnamdi, adn DRC.  That won’t last for long.  I’m hearing that Asante is on the trade block.  Might be headed to another team that wears green and plays in the NFL.  Somebody that planned on landing an impact corner, but had him stolen away at the last minute.

Great job by Howie and the Eagles.  My concern with Nnamdi was his age and cost.  If we move Asante, the cost and age factors aren’t so key.  We’ll have one young CB in DRC and one older one in Nnamdi.  We don’t have to worry about money if we move Asante’s salary to a new team.

I’m shocked and then some.  I was on Twitter watching the whole thing go down at 6pm.  I was caught off guard when the Jets said they were out.  I was depressed because that meant Dallas had to be the Nnamdi sweepstakes winners.  Then his agent put out that Dallas was out of the mix.  Great!  But who was the mystery team?  Couldn’t be the Eagles.


Seeing Adam Schefter and Jay Glazer report that Nnamdi was headed to the Eagles was like Christmas in July.  Freaking awesome.

The only question now is if I come up to Philly for this year’s Super Bowl parade or wait a year and go after the second title.

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More to come on this move and the others.  Busy day, crazy night ahead.

117 Comments on “Wake Up, Eagles!”

  1. 1 Eric said at 7:51 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Obviously I’m pumped. But then I wonder about DeSean, Watkins and possibly Trent.

    I guess dumping guys like JP and Hanson will free up over 4 million, but you still have to add some more roleplayers. Don’t you? Or is that what the last 2 drafts were about… getting 20+ quality players on the cheap? Avoiding things like vet minimums.

  2. 2 tball said at 7:52 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    david harris for asante. say no more

  3. 3 Kammich said at 7:52 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    One of my proudest days as an Eagles fan. And as a Philadelphia sports fan, in general. We have become a market where the stars WANT to play… its an awesome feeling. A million kudos to Howie and co. We’re 120 minutes into “true” free agency and the Eagles have already blown the doors off of the entire league.

    I am slightly reticent to trading Asante, though. Yes, I know we’re staring down the barrell of re-signing DeSean and Vick. But DeSean has no real leverage, and the Eagles can afford to wait a bit to dole out that contract–although that could become a risky game of chicken.

    I would really love to see the team stand pat, keep all these eggs in one basket for 2011, and make the hardest run the franchise has ever made at the Lombardi. If we don’t win the big one, then you shake a few pieces loose in 2012. It would kinda suck to see Asante go.

  4. 4 Davesbeard said at 7:53 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? This is madness! Castillo obviously really doesn’t seem Asante in Eagles green.

    Asante for a LB perhaps? But who??

  5. 5 Eric said at 7:54 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    “I can tell you that the Eagles had serious doubts about being in the running for him. They expected a major bidding war. I’m guessing that when the market fell a bit, they decided to jump in.”

    Pretty sure I said this in the comments yesterday or today. haha

  6. 6 eagles nut said at 7:55 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Who cares about Asomugha! We got Donald Lee! Wooh!

    Really doubt the Jets would trade Harris.

  7. 7 Tommy Lawlor said at 7:57 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Most likely dealing for picks. Jets are 3-4. Different kinds of players than what we’re looking for.

  8. 8 Cliff said at 7:57 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    No! Everyone stop!

    Let’s just enjoy the glory for now and talk about Asante Samuel later. For now, let’s crack a few beers (or hard cider, a bottle of Woodchuck ain’t a bad change-up from the hops once in a while) and rejoice.

    Asante Samuel speculation can pick back up tomorrow. Hell, we can even take the time to refocus on the Phillies and what they might do before Sunday’s trade deadline.

    Life is good if you’re a Birds fan. Don’t screw it up by obsessing over a LB or Asante’s future.

  9. 9 Tommy Lawlor said at 7:57 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    I’m actually excited about Johnnie Lee Higgins. Good RS.

  10. 10 nicolajNN said at 7:57 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Crazy indeed. I was jokingly saying we were the mystery team.

    Cosell spoke on the situation on twitter and said Samuel is not a man corner, would he be an “odd” fit there? And of course what would you estimate we could get for him? A player?

    I hope we keep him but in reality that will probably not happen. Would be an odd situation

  11. 11 Anders said at 7:57 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Tommy, what would he expect the Eagles to get for Samuel? I suppose atleast a 1st round pick, but I would be sad to see Samuel get traded.

  12. 12 mcud said at 7:58 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Paging Dr. Lynch, but I believe trading Asante frees up about 6 million in cap room.

  13. 13 CVD said at 7:58 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Where the JEFF is TOMMY?!? Did he have a heart attack?!?

    dude that was hilarious.

    how much fun is this and it is not done cuz now we have trading asante to look forward to. maybe this will teach fans to just be patient.

    funny thing is when we trade asante, we still have room in our cap. trent cole makes like 3-4mill a year, thats not all that bad

  14. 14 phillybirdzfan said at 7:59 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    They should keep Asante if there isn’t a good offer. We have til the draft to trade him for picks.

  15. 15 Name said at 8:01 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Namdi targeted 31 times last year. Samuel targeted 36 times.

  16. 16 CVD said at 8:01 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    eagles just traded DRC back to AZ for a 1st and a 5th

    just playin

  17. 17 theguyotc said at 8:03 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Eagles still haven’t signed a backup QB (VY?), and could stand to bring in guys at LB, S, and RB. Could also possibly use some help at RT.

    All that combined with the signings and making DeSean and Vick happy could get pricey.

  18. 18 Sokhar said at 8:03 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    On NFL Network they said that the net difference between Asante and Nnamdi’s salary is about 3 million a year. Assuming Samuel doesn’t have a lot of dead money left on his contract, if we trade Asante for picks then we’ve barely put a dent in our salary cap. We’d have ample room for DeSean, Vick, LeSean next year, etc.

    Won’t lie that I’ll be sad to see Asante go though. He’s played well for us, and I’d really like to see what it would be like for teams to try to throw against the tandem of Asante and Nnamdi.

  19. 19 sean macdermont said at 8:04 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    thanks alot guys

  20. 20 Tommy Lawlor said at 8:08 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Whoever did the McDermott post…that is brilliant. Well played, sir.

  21. 21 Juan Castillo said at 8:08 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Seriously, Thanks a lot guys!

  22. 22 Thorin said at 8:10 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Really wish there was a way to keep Asante, he’s been so good for us, and so professional. Maybe Juan has some really REALLY new ideas coming on D?

    (I know I know, Asante has to go.)

  23. 23 TSA said at 8:11 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    If we keep all three who plays the slot? Probably not DRC he seems like more of a high waist outside CB type, If you move Nnamdi inside and play him in the Charles Woodson CB/LB/S hybrid role then thats alot of money for that role and if you make Asante the slot corner then thats also a ton of money for a position that doens’t get a ton of snaps a game. If we do send Asante up 95 how bout Asante plus a 3 for CANT WAIT and Kyle Wilson. Scott starts and then let Wilson and Lindley battle it out for the nickel job. Plus when its finally time for Nnamdi to collect social security I would seriously hope that we will have developed Lindley, Wislon, or Marsh by that point.

  24. 24 Sheldon Brown said at 8:12 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Assholes only spend real money on the free agent corners…

  25. 25 eaglepride101 said at 8:15 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Much rather trade him to san fran than send him to the jets. The 49ers will in all likelyhood pick higher in the draft next year, and if we’d rather trade for players, is it ok for me to dream of Willis or Vernon Davis?

  26. 26 Mac said at 8:15 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Haha look at this, crazy stuff. Thats why we always say in the offseason you can’t predict what the Eagles will do because it’s usually a suprise. Can you say superbowl!!

  27. 27 Sokhar said at 8:15 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Getting Kyle Wilson in a deal for Asante would get me to retract a few of the fat crack and other assorted obscenities I hurled at Rex Ryan, the Jets organization, and the TV screen when I felt sure we were going to make a move for him. 😛

  28. 28 Iowa Eagle said at 8:16 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Hate to be a downer because I love this… but why not keep Asante at 5.9 mil a year than Nnamdi for 12/year..? That’s not like the Eagles at all

  29. 29 Sokhar said at 8:18 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    I’d say no chance the 9ers ever deal Patrick Willis, but I’ll admit that if there was a way to swing something like Asante plus the 2nd rounder from the Cards for Willis, I’d be drooling. Of course if Scarlett Johannson told me she couldn’t stand the thought of living another day without me, I’d be drooling too. And both scenarios are probably equally likely.

  30. 30 TSA said at 8:19 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    @Iowa Eagle

    I’m guessing that Juan wants to play more man and say our front four is getting your QB before you can check down to your RB beacuse your not throwing anything more than five yards on us

  31. 31 eagles nut said at 8:21 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    How confident are you in Asante to the Jets, Tommy? Is that based on Clayton’s twee or more?

  32. 32 eagles nut said at 8:21 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Make that tweet.

  33. 33 eaglepride101 said at 8:22 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    A shutdown CB is worth more than a top MLB. That being said, he’ll yeah i’d throw in a second. Our defense would be unbreakable.

  34. 34 Kammich said at 8:24 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    I’ve been reading around the interwebs that Detroit is really hard up for Asante, apparently.

    How about Asante to the Lions for Jim Schwartz’s collection of death metal cassette tapes? Too much?

  35. 35 Tommy Lawlor said at 8:25 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    @ eagles nut…

    My source isn’t Clayton. Independent source.

    Not sure that David Harris is a guy we’d target or that would be available. Great run stuffer. We might want more of a MLB that can run.

    Kyle Wilson would be intriguing. Eagles wanted him in 2010, but didn’t want to trade back into 1st because price was high.

  36. 36 Tommy Lawlor said at 8:26 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    @ Kammich…

    I’ll demand a copy of the death metal tapes first. I must approve them to make sure Eagles are getting quality material.

  37. 37 TSA said at 8:28 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Cant wait=Bart Scott not David Harris?

  38. 38 Kammich said at 8:28 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    If I’m Howie, I’m not budging unless Jim throws in the entire Dokken catalogue.

    Not. Budging.

  39. 39 Tommy Lawlor said at 8:32 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    @ Kammich…

    Just reminded me that I’ve got Dokken live tape somewhere. Awesome version of Mr. Scary.

    I’m a big metal head. That Metal Show is probably my favorite TV show.

  40. 40 Iowa Eagle said at 8:34 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Can we get some input from Sam on how we’re sitting and if we got room to get new contracts for Cole, Desean, Vick….

  41. 41 CVD said at 8:36 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    re: sean mac

    that was me. seriously think about what he had compared to what we should have this year

  42. 42 mcud said at 8:36 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    RE: Metal

    I’m always tempted to spell Nnamdi’s last name “Asomeshuggah” but I figured no one would understand it. That, and its not funny. Its just my interior default pronunciation since I struggle to say “Asomugha”.

  43. 43 Eric said at 8:39 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Tommy, Bob Brookover said in a tweet that Asante was never considered a leader either in NE or here.

    I think he’s nuts. Every video I saw after games and on the bench during games was of Asante talking and leading cheers.

  44. 44 Eric said at 8:41 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    @ Iowa Eagle

    Andrew Brandt said something along the lines of this being essentially a 3 year 36 mil deal. So roughly 12 mil per year. Which, according to eaglescap.com, would leave the team with about 7 million in space.

    I would think if Vick restructures instead of the franchise and guys like JP and MmmBop are released they’d be at around 15 million. Obviously they have to sign Watkins too. But at least Cole and DeSean are still under contract.

  45. 45 mcud said at 8:44 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    No cap savings for releasing Hanson. +3million for releasing Parker (or trading him).

  46. 46 Bryan said at 8:44 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    So we have 2 30 yr old probowl corners and a rising star in DRC….do we trade Assante now for a 1st rounder and get younger at corner or do we look for mlb help.
    Thoughts gentlemen?

  47. 47 Eric said at 8:47 PM on July 29th, 2011:


    According to eaglescap.com, releasing Hanson saves 870,000. I realize that’s not significant, but every little bit counts.

    But with the recent corner draft picks, he’s expendable.

  48. 48 ian no 2 said at 8:48 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Higgins hasn’t fumbled any of his 115 career punt returns and had a good year three years ago, after being one of the top return guys of his draft year, tho not a lock to beat the kiddos to 53. Good pickup.. gets less attention but spared the ‘Higgins, you kidding me?!’ treatment.

    pronounced /ˈnɑːmdiː ˈɑːsəmwɑː/ nahm-dee ah-səm-wah; born July 6, 1981) is an American cornerback who currently plays for the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles.

    Read a rumor that Castillo was going for bump and run, along the lines of what some have said.. We’ll see what happens. There’s cap room for Asante and contract extensions which can emulate the figure of a TV model but they may move Asante.

  49. 49 mcud said at 8:50 PM on July 29th, 2011:


    You’re right. I’m wrong. +900K for his release.

  50. 50 Dan said at 8:50 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Detroit doesn’t have any players that I would want other than Suh, Johnson and Fairley- those guys are untouchable.

    Delmas, Best and Ugoh are nice players but are not improvement over what we have.

  51. 51 Eric said at 8:55 PM on July 29th, 2011:


    I was a big Zack Follett fan. Not sure what Tommy thinks about him in this scheme. He is on the smaller/quicker side.

  52. 52 Dan said at 8:55 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Asante is 30 years old. What could we possibly get for him? A 3rd?

  53. 53 Dan said at 8:58 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    I honestly don’t think that they’re going to bring in a starting LB. They for some reason are confident in what they have.- a group of rookies and 2nd year players.

  54. 54 Iowa Eagle said at 8:58 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    @ Dan
    Asante is a top 5 CB, Nnamdi is 30 and look at the Free Agent Frenzy he caused… I would say Asante could fetch close to a 1st and 4th…?

  55. 55 Eric said at 9:02 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Phils get Pence. Not a big fan of his, nor giving up Singleton.

    But whatever you gotta do, I guess. They’ll probably send Brown back to AAA for awhile.

  56. 56 Kammich said at 9:06 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Dan, conversely, I would frigging LOVE to land Louis Delmas. Unfortunately, I don’t think Detroit would ever go for it.

    At the end of the day, if/when we trade Samuel, I don’t expect it to be for players. Thats what caught me off guard about the DRC rumors when they sprung up weeks ago… it doesn’t usually seem to be the Eagles M.O. to request a player back when dealing a premium player of their own. I would just expect a pick(s).

  57. 57 Dan said at 9:13 PM on July 29th, 2011:


    I like your thinking, but no way Asante fetches a 1st. When was the last time a CB was traded for a 1st round pick? He’s 30 and that position relies on athleticism.

    OT: why is there a picture next to my handle? I just made up my email address.

  58. 58 Kammich said at 9:16 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Hunter Pencerz!!1

    I’m always willing to give up prospects for an established player, especially an established player at a glaring area of need. Rube has shown an aptitude for restocking the cupboard, anyway.

    The only thing I was really afraid of was giving Houston Domonic Brown for Pence, because it seems likely that Domonic Brown and Hunter Pence will essentially be the same player 2 years from now. It would’ve been a bit of a wash. Now we’ve got both of ’em. Huzzah!

  59. 59 Name said at 9:16 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Joe “Nickels” Banner

  60. 60 Iowa Eagle said at 9:17 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    His age does pose a problem, but I’d like to think at least a 2nd and 3rd?

  61. 61 Eric said at 9:18 PM on July 29th, 2011:


    I would have rather picked up a right-handed 3rd baseman. But not many of those around.

    The problem with getting Pence is you’re either benching Brown or Ibanez. While Ibanez seems to have lost some, I still think he can pour it on late in the season.

  62. 62 TSA said at 9:18 PM on July 29th, 2011:


    But Asante doesn’t use overwhelming speed to play. He just reads and baits QB’s not to mention not all other teams see 30 as the death sentence that the Eagles do. I agree we could squeeze a 1 and a 4 out of a team.

  63. 63 Iowa Eagle said at 9:29 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    I want to keep Asante, but Rolando McClain straight up…? Any takers…? LOL

  64. 64 Tommy Lawlor said at 9:29 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Front page of Cowboys site is priceless.


  65. 65 Desean Jackson said at 9:43 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Yo whats up dawg, big propz to my CaLi boy Nmandi gettin payedz. we best not b rollin inta the season w/ot my big bruh Asante tho!

  66. 66 BC said at 9:44 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Tommy, this post from a Cowboys fan from their site is even more priceless. Can something be more priceless? LOL

    shutdown wrote:
    Why is this so surprising? The Eagles have been a Super Bowl contender for the last ten years. 10-15 years ago Dallas uesed to be the place to be for free agents to come and play. Now the cowboys are a joke, becoming the Cincinnati Bangles of the NFC. Everyone wants out and nobody wants in. I never thought I would see the day when the Dallas Cowboys would become one of the laughing stocks of the NFL, so dysfunctional and unorganized. I am so pissed I could spit in Jerry’s face. Not because the cowboys didn’t sign Nnamdi but because Jerry has totally ruined the reputation of the cowboys. The star on that helmet used to mean something. Now the cowboys are a total JOKE!

  67. 67 Eric said at 9:46 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    VY getting 5.5 million? That’s a little extreme. Kind of kills their wiggle room to work on other deals.

  68. 68 Tommy Lawlor said at 10:00 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    @ BC…

    That is awesome.

    @ Eric…

    I think his salary “can” be $5.5M. Probably quite a few incentives in there.

  69. 69 Sean said at 10:04 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Tommy, why trade Asante to the Jet’s unless we get a great offer. I hate to give them another Great CB to strethen their D. What kind of trade value does he have? I hate to give away the only PROVEN turnover machine on our D for a 2nd round pick. It seems Asante would get thrown on more then N.A. thus leading to more turnovers. With the relativly small window we have to win it all while Vick’s skills are not on the decline why not go for it all this year. Id hate to trade and see either DRC or Namandi have a season ending injury and be lining up young unproven CB’s in the playoffs when we have this once in a lifetime situation at a position that the organization places such a high premium on/

  70. 70 nzflyer said at 10:19 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Any chance the Texans wana deal ? They could get Asante plus a lower pick(say a 4th or 5th) for Demarco(if thats how u spell it) plus a 2nd or 3rd. That would give them another leg up in the division and we know how much of a headache Asante gives Peyton.lol

    Plus they would have 2 really really good corners to help out their yound 2ndary.

  71. 71 McG said at 10:34 PM on July 29th, 2011:


    I would assume that Asante would be worth close to what Atlanta paid for Julio Jones (since he lives inside Peyton’s head) so I guess maybe they would trade us all their 2012 picks? lol

  72. 72 nzflyer said at 10:36 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    scary, i’m wearing my desean jersey for the first time in months. Wife had me rushing this morning so i grabbed it and put it on as I was going out the door. Didn’t realise it would be the perfect day to wear it!

  73. 73 Kammich said at 10:36 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Despite some bumps early in his rookie year, the Texans are still really high on Kareem Jackson, and they spent a 2nd round pick this year on Brandon Harris. Not to mention the fiddy-some-odd million they gave to Jonathan Joseph. I’m not really sure they’d be in the running.

    Sean makes an important point regarding this whole situation: injuries. When I was a kid, and my dad was teaching me the game of football, he always told me “the best teams are the ones with depth, and the ones that stay healthy.” This whole damn aggressive off-season goes for naught if one of big acquisition corners pops an ACL and misses the season. Then you’re throwing Lindley or Curtis Marsh(assuming we cut JoJo) to the wolves in a crucial situation.

    I’m really hoping that we keep Asante for 2011, and see where it takes us. They’ve got one hell of a hand… no need to fold so soon.

  74. 74 nzflyer said at 10:38 PM on July 29th, 2011:


    How bout if Asante went to the Colts to keep him from being in Peytons head ? lol

    And they can give us someone like Session and a pick, or just give us their 1st and 3rd next year for Asante and a 6th.lol

  75. 75 Thorin said at 10:42 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    The only problem with the whole “keep 3 in case of injury” thing is getting any of these guys to agree to not being a starter. We have 3 starting corners, none of them is gonna be happy on the bench.

  76. 76 Thorin said at 11:01 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Ooh! Nmandi was a safety in college. I did not know that… Perhaps there IS a way.

  77. 77 Tommy Lawlor said at 11:02 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    RE: Jets rumor

    Just passing on what I was told. My guess, if what I was told is accurate, is that the Jets are a good trade partner, nothing more and nothing less. They are aggressive. They aren’t afraid to deal picks. If we move Asante, why not send him to a team you see every 4 years.

    Eagles could keep Asante for this year and see how the 3 Amigos works out. Wouldn’t bother me a bit.

  78. 78 Tommy Lawlor said at 11:09 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    More on the Jets/Eagles…from PFT:

    “Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork reports that Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel could be an option for the Jets, but the Eagles would probably more than the Jets would give up in trade. Samuel is due to make a somewhat cap-friendly $5.6 million in 2011.

    Either way, and as Cimini explains it, the Jets need a pair of corners who can handle man-to-man coverage. With last year’s first-round pick, Kyle Wilson, not having a stellar rookie season, the Jets need a veteran to pair with Darrelle Revis.

    It remains to be seen whether Antonio Cromartie is willing to be the Jets’ second choice. Given that Cromartie has willingly played second fiddle through four days of free agency, we’ve got a feeling he’ll find a way to forgive and forget, once the check for the signing bonus clears.”

    If the Jets want INTs, Asante is the way to go. He had 7 picks last year. Antonio Cromartie has 8 over the last 3 years combined.

    If the Jets prefer a big, physical press corner…AC is the way to go.

    I’m in no rush to get rid of Asante, but if the Jets are willing to pay the right price…come on down!!!

  79. 79 Cliff said at 11:23 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    The logical next step is to pay DeSean, right?

    Look, we’re all talking Asante Samuel and Vince Young and linebackers, but seriously, we NEED TO PAY DESEAN. All of this is moot if we don’t have our #2 playmaker out there.

  80. 80 Tommy Lawlor said at 11:28 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    I’m watching Michael Irvin on NFLN rant about the Eagles need to pay DeSean Jackson. Irvin is borderline insane when it comes to discussing WRs. He gets so excited that logic comes and goes.

    * * * * *

    I do fully expect the Eagles to get with DJax, but right now the priority is getting Danny Watkins signed. He needs to get into TC.

    DeSean can wait a few days.

  81. 81 Flyin' said at 11:32 PM on July 29th, 2011:


    I go and hang out at a friends house for his son’s bday party after watching f/a basically 24/7. Arrive home for this news… can you please rate your shock value. To me…this was unthinkable.

  82. 82 Jordan said at 11:32 PM on July 29th, 2011:


    I’m probably stretching the wish listing a little further than necessary by even asking this question, but is there any chance Nick Mangold fits the Howard Mudd mold of center?

  83. 83 Tommy Lawlor said at 11:35 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Shock value…

    37 on a scale of 1 to 10.

  84. 84 Every Eagles Fan said at 11:35 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Dude, this is what they call “aggressive” /facepalm

  85. 85 Tommy Lawlor said at 11:36 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    @ Jordan…

    Nick would be a great acquisition, but Jets aren’t giving him up. We’d all be in heaven with that deal.

  86. 86 Jordan said at 11:40 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Yeah…I figured. It’s too bad that center is a position in which if you’ve got a guy you can’t afford to lose him because there’s so few quality centers in the NFL. Any other CB hungry teams with near pro-bowl level credentialed centers that can be spared?

    I look over the roster at this point and other than maybe a veteran WILL or MIKE acquisition, I see Center as the biggest position of need remaining.

    All things aside, it’s good to be an Eagles fan. Picking up 4 Probowlers between Nnamdi, DRC, VY, and Babin in one day? That’s #winning.

  87. 87 Tommy Lawlor said at 11:42 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    It has been an amazing week. And FA is technically just getting started. Eagles have a few moves left to make…if they want to.

  88. 88 Thunderlips said at 11:43 PM on July 29th, 2011:


    I’m still a little concerned about our Dime package. Who’s the best CB still on the market?

  89. 89 ian no 2 said at 11:43 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Asante’s 5.6 mil isn’t much more than what Hanson’s getting, so Asante is clearly a better value. Jimmy Johnson set the precedent of letting Asante defy the CB scheme.

    But, what’s interesting is that after all the talk of fewer teams looking for QBs due to the lockout, the Eagles now have two CB – Asante and DRC, that are better than any CBs in free agency and probably available in a trade, with several teams desperate for CBs, so flipping, say, DRC may get a prime return. The Eagles obviously didn’t know for sure they were getting Aso when they made the Kolb deal.

  90. 90 Tommy Lawlor said at 11:45 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    @ Thunderlips…

    Nate Clements would be a terrific #4 CB.

  91. 91 Thunderlips said at 11:45 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    On a more serious note, does DRC have return experience? Would it make sense to use him on Punt returns if he remains our Nickel back?

  92. 92 Darwin said at 11:50 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    I’m too stokked to got to sleep.

    In the back of my head I am thinking ” did we really need him”. We still need a starting LB, I mean come on. Are we really going to into this season with Moise Fouku as our most experienced LB?
    We shuffle LBs too much.

    -4 years ago Omar Gaither was our starting MLB.
    – A year later he moves to WLB then get replaced by Akeem Jordan
    -A year after that, Akeem Jordan, Will Weatherspoon, Chris Gocong, and Moise Fouku get shuffled around all 3 LB spots.
    – The following year Jordan starts as SAM and gets benched in favor of Fouku.
    – Now we let Bradley walk

    I’m am willing to place a bet that Fouku will get benched, Chaney will get shuffled to all 3 spots, Matthews will lose his starting job.

  93. 93 Tommy Lawlor said at 11:54 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    RE: DRC as RS

    Senior at Tenn State was KOR. 33-806-1. Pretty good.

  94. 94 Tommy Lawlor said at 11:55 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    @ Darwin…

    LB is mystery. Chaney should start. I’m optimistic about Casey Matthews. He’s bulked up to over 240. Natural leader. Talented LB.

    WLB is a concern to me.

  95. 95 Sjampen said at 11:58 PM on July 29th, 2011:

    Now we just need a post from Sam about the Salary Cap!

  96. 96 ian no 2 said at 12:00 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    Don’t know if y’all caught this in the McLane/Tamari column: “The immediate question becomes what the team will do with either Asante Samuel or Rodgers-Cromartie. All three corners will remain on the team for the season – unless the team gets a fantastic trade offer, the league source said.” That’s good if true. For competing this year, there’s nothing you can get for Asante that would be likely to help their chances more than keeping him. Probably Hanson gets traded for a bag of balls or released.

  97. 97 Darwin said at 12:01 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    I thought Chaney was supposed to be the WLB? Anyway, we short changing ourselves at one position.

    I’m pretty confident in Fouku and Chaney, unfortunately I felt the same way about Bradley, Gaither, and Jordan.

  98. 98 Cliff said at 12:01 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    RE: Matthews

    I didn’t realize he was that big, actually. 240 lbs isn’t chump change.

    RE: Paying DeSean

    I guess what unnerves me is that we don’t see/hear what’s going on behind the scenes. Like, I am sure DeSean’s agent is in constant communication with the Front Office. From a fan perspective, though, all I see is days go by where “nothing” is being done.

  99. 99 Flyin' said at 12:04 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    Juan said Casey showed up at 245. Took command as a leader. That’s great news! Let him show his skills!

    In the meanwhile… let’s make our biggest weakness the strongest in the league…cows can fly.

  100. 100 Tommy Lawlor said at 12:07 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    Sam’s thoughts from Twitter:

    “For the record, I think the idea of keeping Asante is asinine, and only works in Madden. In the real world, ego makes it impossible.”

  101. 101 Flyin' said at 12:13 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    remind sam… the eagles are a rare breed that can keep egos from killing a horse.

  102. 102 Stephen said at 12:17 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    @Cliff, I read somewhere that Mathews really bulked up over the spring/summer this year to get to where he’s at now. Pretty sure he was in the 225 range when he played at Oregon.

    So I was at work tonight and my coworker came in and told me the Eagles just signed Aso… (checks spelling) Asomugha and I totally thought he was bullshitting me. I’m absolutely shocked that we pulled this deal off.

    Wheres all the Howie Roseman haters at now huh?

    Looking at our roster now we look as deep and talented as we’ve been in a long time.

  103. 103 Stephen said at 12:18 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    yeah I kinda agree with Sam. Keeping all 3 would be really tough, unless we decide to go with a base 3 corner package all year.

  104. 104 Tommy Lawlor said at 12:18 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    Casey was 231 at the Senior Bowl. He probably wasn’t sure whether to get bigger for MLB or say light for WLB. Eagles must have made it clear he’d be at MLB. He’s got a MLB body. Can’t wait to see him play.

  105. 105 ian no 2 said at 12:21 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    Asante escalates to 8 mil + in ’12 so he may be dealt after this year, after the team’s had a chance to look at Marsh and Lindley. That’s when it’s logical to decide whether to extend DRC.

  106. 106 McG said at 12:31 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    @ Stephen

    I couldn’t agree more. I like Howie from day one. He’s got “moxie”. I love how he handles the media too.

  107. 107 McG said at 1:05 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    Ok… so the Patriots are on the phone, and they are offering Albert Haynesworth and a 2nd round 2012 pick.

    Do you pull the trigger?

  108. 108 Flyin' said at 1:08 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    this eagles team is like no other. we now have playmakers at all four corners. that’s scary.

  109. 109 Morton said at 1:11 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    This is an absolutely inexplicably nonsensical signing on the part of the Eagles.

    DRC and Samuel is more than enough as a CB tandem. Overpaying for a 30-year-old CB by signing him to a premium deal makes no sense at all now that they already have both DRC and Samuel.

    Not only is it superfluous, it is downright wasteful. They could have spent that money on a true MLB such as Stephen Tulloch, or they could have spent it on a better DE by signing, say, Ray Edwards or Charles Johnson instead of Jason Babin, and using the money they wasted on Nnamdi to make up the difference.

    What is the point of carrying 3 starting cornerbacks on the roster? Are you going to put a $20 mill player in the nickel package? Doesn’t anyone remember when this team had Lito, Asante, and Sheldon all on the same team and the problems it caused?

    Unless they have some great deal lined up in which they trade Asante Samuel for LB/DL/OL help, this move is completely awful for the Eagles, and specifically their salary cap.

  110. 110 Tommy Lawlor said at 1:21 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    RE: Asante to NE for Big Al

    I’d love to do that deal. I really would like to see us land Big Al someway/somehow.

  111. 111 Tommy Lawlor said at 1:21 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    I’ll be posting my overnight article in a few minutes.

  112. 112 Stephen said at 1:29 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    Yes, Stephen Tulloch, the cadillac of MLB’s, I’m not sure how we let him escape.

  113. 113 McG said at 1:38 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    I’m gonna go on record as siding with Juan on this one… i wanna see what this Matthew’s kid has got. I don’t want a big contract Mike LB coming in and getting paid such that I’m obligated to start him.

  114. 114 Morton said at 1:53 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    It doesn’t have to be Stephen Tulloch, but he is a good MLB and would greatly improve the mediocre LB corps the Eagles currently have.

    The point is that spending top dollar for another cornerback, and one that is over 30, is a bad move to make when you already have two above-average starting cornerbacks on the roster. It’s also a bad move to make because you could have spent that money more wisely by spending it on various other players instead of throwing it all at one cornerback.

    With the money wasted on Nnamdi, the Eagles could have improved any number of other areas: LB corps (Stephen Tulloch/Paul Pozluzny/resign Bradley), the DTs (Brandon Mebane/Barry Cofield), the OL, resigning key players such as DeSean Jackson…

    Think about all of the things they could have done with that money to improve the team in a more significant way instead of blowing it all on a cornerback they don’t even necessarily need, and one who may just be overrated (Profootballfocus does not rate him as highly as you would imagine).

  115. 115 Name said at 3:41 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    Morton, sometimes I wonder if you are just messing with us. We just added the best corner in the game and we now have the problem of having too much talent at the position that killed us last year.

    We have an offense that can score 30 and a defense that can eliminate the option to pass. That seems like a recipe for success.

    We have exciting young LBs, and you only get to add so many probowlers a day. Apparently, four was our limit today. Tomorrow is another day. I am sure Howie and Andy will get back to work assembling your some pieces to make our miserable franchise competitive.

  116. 116 ATG said at 3:43 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    Oops, that last post was mine.

  117. 117 Cafone said at 3:49 AM on July 30th, 2011:

    Morton, watch some video on Asomugha you moron.