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Eagles land cornerback Asomugha

July 30, 2011

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— Philadelphia has become quite the attractive free-agent destination of late.

On Friday, Nnamdi Asomugha and the Eagles joined in on the party.

One day after acquiring Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Cardinals, the Eagles stunned the NFL world, and signed another Pro Bowl cornerback, Asomugha, to a five-year contract.

Very quietly, while other teams made headlines in their pursuit of Asomugha, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and president Joe Banner made a pitch to him that he simply could not refuse.

Asomugha’s deal will pay him $60 million over the life of it, with $25 million guaranteed.

“Howie and Joe worked their tail off and put together this phenomenal plan,” Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said. “They came out of the gates like wild men and attacked the issue. Neither one of them has had much sleep. But they’ve rewarded our football team and the city of Philadelphia with some great players.”

Lost in the Asomugha shuffle, was the fact that the Eagles also formally announced a one-year deal for quarterback Vince Young, a 2006 first-round pick of Tennessee. Young, who went 30-2 as a starter at Texas and led the Longhorns to a national championship in his final game there only to have an up-and-down tenure with the Titans, will back up Eagles starter Michael Vick.

Asomugha, considered the top free agent on the market, spent his first eight seasons with the Raiders. He had a career-high eight interceptions in 2006, went to the Pro Bowl after the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons and was named a first-team all-pro in 2008 and 2010.

Even though he has just three interceptions in the last three years, Asomugha is considered one of the top cover cornerbacks in the NFL.

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