Yesterday, while Chip Kelly was glowing about Nick Foles, he spent a solid ten seconds addressing Nnamdi Asomugha’s uncertain future in Philly.
“I think Nnamdi has the skill set, that can play football.”
It is tough to tell anyone in Philadelphia that. Two years into a monster five-year deal, and Nnamdi Asomugha has become the face of the train-wreck that is the Eagles last two seasons. I remember going to training camp two years ago, and literally wherever Nnamdi Asomugha went, two or three thousand people followed. I managed to get a high five from Nnamdi, and I was convinced it was the greatest moment of my life. I just got a high-five from the next great Eagles legend. I couldn’t have been more off-point, and it is time to move on.
Today Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Eagles were going to sit down with Nnamdi and his representatives and ask him to restructure his deal. If not, they would pay him four million and cut him, rather than paying him 15 million for 2013. Taking option B, makes the most sense for the Eagles. It would be addition by subtraction.
Nnamdi has become a cancer to the Eagles. And I don’t mean that in the sense that Terrell Owens was, but he is a cancer. He consistently bashed defensive coaches, showed negative body language to his teammates (mostly Kurt Coleman) on the field, and flat-out couldn’t cover or tackle.
I know that Nnamdi very well could a bounce back year, with new defensive coordinator Billy Davis, but it just isn’t worth the risk. Even if Nnamdi does have a bounce back year, he is going to be 32 years-old, and won’t be around to see success with the Eagles. Even if he has moderate success, it will never be enough for Eagles fans to view him as anything more than one of the worst signings in team history. And to top it all off the Eagles can save over ten million dollar if they cut Nnamdi. If they were able to restructure his deal, would still cost them four or five million for next season, which the Eagles can put to better use. Nnamdi needs a change of scenery, and the Eagles need to find young talent that will produce in Philly. It just makes the most sense.
Who will play corner in 2013 you’re asking? That will be for Chip Kelly, Jerrery Lurie, and Howie Roseman to figure out. They still have the option to bring back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, although that seems unlikely, and Brandon Boykin. Also they hold the fourth pick in every round of the draft, and there is free-agency, so the Birds have ample time to figure out who would replace Nnamdi. But it is a new era of Eagles football, led by Chip Kelly, and it is time to move on from one of the biggest reasons that the last era came to a painful end.