Eagles win Asomugha sweepstakes

Nnamdi Asomugha (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/AFP)

Nnamdi Asomugha (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images/AFP)

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Bethlehem, PA - Nnamdi Asomugha, arguably the biggest free agent this offseason, has surprisingly signed a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The All-Pro cornerback chose the Eagles among his many suitors, which included the Jets and Cowboys. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the deal to be worth $60 million, $25 million of which is guaranteed.

The Eagles have scheduled a press conference for 7 p.m. ET.

Regarded as one of the top shut-down corners in the league, Asomugha played the first eight years of his career with the Oakland Raiders. Since posting eight interceptions in 2006, the University of California product has only picked off three passes, though many quarterbacks simply refuse to throw his way.

Asomugha has missed only six games throughout his career and has totaled 310 tackles with two sacks and 54 passes defensed.

The Raiders made Asomugha the highest paid corner in league history in 2009, though the final year of the three-year pact was voided in January after the 30-year-old failed to reach certain incentives.

Many teams were rumored to be interested in Asomugha, and the Eagles appeared to be out of the running after trading for Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie earlier this week.

The Jets were heavy favorites to land the prize of the lockout-affected offseason, intent on teaming him with fellow All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis.

Instead, it was the Eagles forming an impregnable defensive backfield on paper with Asomugha, Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel in the fold.

Philadelphia gave up 31 touchdowns through the air last year, tied for the third most in the NFL.


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