NFL Player Profile: Nnamdi Asomugha (Philadelphia Eagles)

Expect Nnamdi Asomugh to be an immediate impact on the Eagles defense!

By Matt Noonan 

Nnamdi Asomugha (Philadelphia Eagles/Cornerback): He was the biggest name on the free agency list and yes; the Eagles inked him to a five-year, $60 million contract. Yet, what makes this move so intriguing is the fact that Philadelphia carries two other big name cornerbacks, Assante Saumel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Although, sources have confirmed that most likely, Rodgers-Cromartie and Asomugha will be the starters, while Samuel will be used for trade bait.

The Eagles have always been a defensive minded unit, especially when the late-great Jim Johnson was calling their plays from the sideline or booth. Johnson created and developed a majority of unique schemes and blitz packages, which helped Philadelphia, become one of the most dangerous and elusive defensive units in the league. In fact, their defense has always been considered one of the meanest and toughest in the game, but don’t say that to any Pittsburgh Steelers fan because they certainly would disagree, (1970’s “Steel-Curtain”).

Now that Asomugha has inked his name on a new contract, he’ll have to deliver or otherwise, he’ll be considered a total bust.

Asomugha’s best season in the league was in ’06, as he finished the year with 48 solo tackles, eight interceptions, one touchdown and one sack. Over the past few seasons, his numbers have dipped, but now that he’s playing for a Super Bowl contender, you have to think that he’ll be on his game this season, right?

All in all, he should certainly be a player to keep an eye on, as well as his counterpart, Rodgers-Cromartie, as both players will attempt to stop a majority of talented NFC East wide receivers and tight ends. Both players are somewhat familiar with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Redskins, but expect the second meeting with all three teams to be a tad bit better than the first.

Career Numbers: 122 games played/310 tackles/ 272 solo tackles/2.0 sacks/ 11-interceptions

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