The newly-minted Niner took part in a conference call with Bay Area reporters Wednesday night, and was asked why his two seasons with the Eagles did not work out.
“I tried my hardest for it to work out. I believed all the way up until the end that it was going to work out. I wanted it to work out so badly,” said Asomugha.
Cary Williams knew his answer might raise a few eyebrows, but when the new Eagles cornerback was asked Friday who he modeled his game after, he delivered an honest reponse.
“You might not like this, but I model myself after Nnamdi [Asomugha],” Williams said. “He didn’t have much success here, but I don’t plan on going down that path. I always see myself as him because he’s a taller, leaner guy, and a guy that I actually liked with a skill set.
Billed as the second best cover corner in the league behind Darrelle Revis, the Eagles made the splash of the 2011 offseason by locking Asomugha up to a surprise five-year, $60 million contract. His two seasons in Philadelphia were highly disappointing, and the contract soon became out of whack comparative to production.
When the summer of 2011 came around, the Eagles’ decision-makers felt they were close.
The team was coming off a 10-6 season in which it suffered a 21-16 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the wild-card round. The previous year, the Eagles won 11 games. And in 2008, they made the NFC championship.
Major moves were made (Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin, etc.) to fill in the gaps. And as we know, those moves didn’t work out. The Eagles went 12-20 the next two seasons, Andy Reid was fired, Chip Kelly was hired, and well, here we are.
Now, with free agency just six days away, the question has to be asked: How will the disastrous decisions from two summers ago affect the Eagles going forward?
“For us to not look back and see what happened at that time and why it happened… we’ve spent a lot of time doing that since Coach [Kelly] has gotten here – about where we were in our program. And it’s very different than where we’re at now,” general manager Howie Roseman said during an interview with Birds 24/7.
Howie Roseman will meet with Nnamdi Asomugha’s agent, Ben Dogra, this morning, according to multiple reports.
The reality here is that the ball will likely be in Asomuguha’s court. The original contract he signed in the summer of 2010 calls for him to be paid more than $15 million in 2013. Anyone who watched his performance last season knows there’s no way the Eagles are paying that number.
But the key here is that the Eagles owe Asomugha $4 million if they cut him.
In other words, Asomugha will have to weigh two options from a financial perspective.
In his first response, he offered up what seemed to be a ringing endorsement. But his second response failed to strike the same tone.
“I don’t know how long everyone else has been here but I walked into the office today for the first time,” said the 62-year-old Lovett on Monday. “In fact I rode over here with [inside linebackers] Coach [Rick] Minter just so I can figure out how to drive over here and not get lost. We had a full staff meeting and a defensive staff meeting, then the phone guy comes in and a guy comes in to put a computer in. It’s been that kind of a day. Everyone is still kind of rolling around.”
Nnamdi Asomugha was asked on Wednesday how important it is to him that he stays in Eagles green beyond this season. The question was tied to his sizable contract, and the reality that changes surely are ahead.
“I think really important. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” said Asomugha.
So you would make decisions potentially coming from that stance? If sacrifices were asked to be made?
“Yeah, I mean all I can say right now is I really wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” he replied. “I definitely want to be back here.”
And with that, we have our first indicator that Asomugha could be open to restructuring his deal.
Up 34-13 and facing a 4th-and-5 from the Eagles’ six-yard line with about four minutes to play, Cincinnati opted not to kick a field goal and instead dialed up a passing play. Andy Dalton‘s toss intended for Jermaine Gresham fell incomplete.
“We were really pissed off about that,” said Nnamdi Asomugha. “To go for it on fourth down and throw the ball…We were jawing back and forth, our players with their players. We were wondering where that came from with the game being over like that.”