By Barbara Harrison
For all of us armchair NFL GMs, there is a lot of grist to chew on as players come and players go.
The local lame-ass media is on Chip Kelly’s case —please, is anyone more annoying than CSN’s Jillian Mele, whose phony outrage about the Eagles is sickening — for cutting Evan Mathis, Todd Herremans and Brandon Boykin, even though none of them can get on the field for their new teams!
And thanks to ESPN for rating the worst NFL contracts of alltime and including:
7. Nnamdi Asomugha, Eagles, 2011
Initial reports: Five years, $60 million with $25 million guaranteed.
Actual payout by Eagles: $25 million for two seasons.
The Eagles reeled in one of the top cornerbacks in the league when Asomugha chose them over at least five other teams who were undaunted by his high asking price.
Asomugha, coming off three consecutive Pro Bowl seasons with Oakland, was part of a group of acquisitions that included Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jason Babin, Ronnie Brown and Vince Young. Philly already boasted standouts Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Peters and Asante Samuel. The sum of these parts led Young to infamously dub the 2011 Eagles as a “dream team,” but Philly went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.
Asomugha was 30 years old heading into his first season in Philly, and his skills began to erode. He made four interceptions and 82 tackles during his two years with the club, but the Eagles allowed 60 touchdown passes during that span. Because of the contract, Asomugha was closely scrutinized. Even the fact that Asomugha apparently ate lunch in his car at practices, rather than with his teammates, became news.
The Eagles released Asomugha in March 2013 after he declined to restructure his contract. He played briefly for the 49ers the following season and retired as a Raider in December 2013.