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March 13, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the day the NFL's free-agent market opened, the Eagles released cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, one of the most heralded free-agent signings in franchise history. Asomugha, who played two seasons in Philadelphia, was scheduled to receive a base salary of $15 million this season, with $4 million guaranteed. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman met with Ben Dogra, Asomugha's agent, at the scouting combine last month. The sides could not agree on a restructured deal. Roseman said Tuesday that the Eagles had thought over this decision for the last two weeks.
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December 31, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Nnamdi Asomugha was benched in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 42-7 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, ending his disappointing season. Asomugha said he hopes to return to the Eagles in 2013 and did not interpret the benching as a sign that the Eagles do not want him back.  "I think that was just a matter of [defensive coordinator Todd Bowles] saying, 'You come out for this series and get it together,' as opposed to, 'We're done,' " Asomugha said.
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February 28, 2013 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
MIKE PATTERSON. Cullen Jenkins. And there will be more. Roster carnage is the only certainty when an NFL team fires an underperforming coach. Andy Reid goes, Chip Kelly arrives, the vision of the entire Eagles organization changes and the world is again reminded that those 8-year contracts signed by NFL players are really a series of eight, 1-year contracts. And don't forget to write. With that, a word here about cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha: He needs to go - for his sake, and Kelly's sake, and everyone's.
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November 12, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
This year was supposed to be different for Nnamdi Asomugha. The star cornerback, who has won all manner of individual honors in his eight professional seasons but has never reached the NFL playoffs, joined a team with every expectation of playing meaningful games into the winter. Instead, the Eagles are 3-5 and on the brink of losing any realistic postseason hope before Thanksgiving. The situation is not lost on Asomugha. "We've got to start winning. There's no way of sugarcoating that or make it seem like it's OK to lose a couple here and there; none of that is acceptable at this point.
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February 22, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Conclusions should not be drawn from Chip Kelly's and Howie Roseman's lukewarm endorsement of Nnamdi Asomugha on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. Neither the Eagles coach nor the general manager came out and said he had no interest in keeping the 31-year-old cornerback - even at his $15.5 million salary. But the Eagles' brain trust - especially Kelly, who has already lavished praise on certain players - gave little indication that Asomugha will be part of the team's plans moving forward.
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February 24, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Like Michael Vick, there once was a time when it seemed implausible that Nnamdi Asomugha would play for the 2013 Eagles. The former all-pro cornerback, with even the most positive of reviews, has been average since the Eagles signed him to a five-year, $60 million contract in July of 2011. Asomugha, in the end, will make considerably less than that number when the Eagles finally decide to release him. But a parting of ways may have to wait a year because the contract that keeps taking will take at least another $4 million from Jeffrey Lurie's coffers.
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December 31, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Nnamdi Asomugha was benched in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 42-7 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, ending his disappointing season. Asomugha said he hopes to return to the Eagles in 2013 and did not interpret the benching as a sign that the Eagles do not want him back.  "I think that was just a matter of [defensive coordinator Todd Bowles] saying, 'You come out for this series and get it together,' as opposed to, 'We're done,' " Asomugha said.
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March 13, 2013 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the day the NFL's free-agent market opened, the Eagles released cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, one of the most heralded free-agent signings in franchise history. Asomugha, who played two seasons in Philadelphia, was scheduled to receive a base salary of $15 million this season, with $4 million guaranteed. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman met with Ben Dogra, Asomugha's agent, at the scouting combine last month. The sides could not agree on a restructured deal. Roseman said Tuesday that the Eagles had thought over this decision for the last two weeks.
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August 15, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Nnamdi Asomugha missed practice one day after he collided with Nate Allen in one of the most violent moments at Eagles training camp. The cornerback did not have any concussion symptoms, did not lose consciousness, and was suffering from only whiplash symptoms and a lacerated lip, coach Andy Reid said Tuesday. "He was completely conscious the whole time," Reid said before he held his final practice at Lehigh University. "But he did get a pretty good laceration to his lip and his back of his neck is a little bit sore.
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November 24, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sixteen months into Nnamdi Asomugha's tenure with the Eagles, the oft-criticized former Pro Bowl cornerback admitted his experience is "not even close" to what he anticipated when he signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Eagles in July 2011. He thought he was joining a contender, but the Eagles are 11-15 since he signed, and Asomugha is on pace to continue a career-long postseason drought. Because of his contract and his previous status as one of the NFL's elite cornerbacks, Asomugha has seen his play come under scrutiny.
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March 10, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
There was the thrill of Howie Roseman's trading away the underperforming DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, and Kiko Alonso on Monday, followed shortly thereafter by the agony of realizing the Eagles vice president of football operations would also be responsible for replacing those players. While the compensation for Murray, who was dealt to the Titans, and Maxwell and Alonso, who were traded to the Dolphins, won't likely be announced until Wednesday, the Eagles rid themselves of two overpaid free agents and the injury-prone return on the LeSean McCoy trade.
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March 9, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THE TIMING of Monday's trade of Byron Maxwell was remarkably fortuitous if you happened to be a sports writer who already had spent much of his day searching for an anecdote to lead into a column about the fool's gold that is NFL free agency. (Clears throat). And so it was that the Byron Maxwell era was relegated to the same historical waste bucket as virtually every cornerback era since Sheldon Brown, Lito Sheppard and, arguably, Asante Samuel. Nnamdi Asomugha to Cary Williams to Maxwell.
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January 4, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
While it has been nearly impossible to decode all of the Eagles' moves during Howie Roseman's five-year tenure as general manager, at the least he played a large role in most of the decisions. Here's a look at some of the Eagles' best and worst moves from 2010 to '14. There's more bad than good: Best draft picks 1. Fletcher Cox: The Eagles traded up three spots and selected the defensive lineman with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Cox has been one of the best in the NFL at his position over the last two seasons.
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December 14, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray are about as different as running backs can get in the NFL, both on and off the field. One runs like an improvisational jazz musician with unpredictable results. The other methodically reads the notes and plays them as written. Their football styles are an extension of their personalities. McCoy is capricious. He is often gregarious but can turn inward on a dime. He can be brutally honest, sometimes to a fault. Murray is introverted. His words are measured, as is his demeanor.
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September 24, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Byron Maxwell has reviewed Sunday's loss to Dallas, paying particular attention to the late touchdown pass that put the game out of reach, and has decided he wasn't tired after all. "I like to think if they're out there rolling, then I'm out there rolling," Maxwell said after practice Tuesday. "Playing 82 snaps just means I am in great shape. " After the game, without the benefit of the chance to think it over, the cornerback sounded as if he thought otherwise. Maxwell was alone in coverage on Terrance Williams when backup quarterback Brandon Weeden hit him on a simple slant route that went 42 yards and expanded the Dallas lead to 17 points with less than five minutes to play.
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September 21, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Hindsight is a handy thing and awfully good for accuracy, but it tends to make people forget how little they knew before they knew it. After the Eagles lost their opening game in Atlanta - a loss that popped the hopes of those who wrote 13-3 or something similarly silly on their prediction balloons - it was easy to explain away the defeat after the fact. Hindsight is great that way. Opening on the road is always difficult. That's true. Seattle lost at St. Louis last weekend and Indianapolis at Buffalo.
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August 26, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
WITH MONEY comes responsibility. And expectations. A year ago, Byron Maxwell was in the final year of his sixth-round rookie contract making, by NFL standards, chump change: $645,000. He was in his first full year as a starting corner. If he gave up a big play, which admittedly didn't happen very often last season, no one called him a bum or a fraud or compared him to Nnamdi Asomugha. The Eagle, not the Raider. But that was then and this is now. That was Seattle and this is Philadelphia, where it's been 55 damn years since the Eagles last won an NFL title and patience is harder to find than good manners.
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June 16, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CURTIS MARSH, Trevard Lindley, Jack Ikegwuonu, Rashad Barksdale, Macho Harris. The ongoing disaster at the safety position gets more attention, but Brandon Boykin, taken in the fourth round in 2012, is the only cornerback the Eagles have drafted since 2002 who has made a significant contribution to the team. In 2002, the Birds drafted Lito Sheppard in the first round and Sheldon Brown in the second, so, that season, they had Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor as their starters, Al Harris for the nickel, and Sheppard and Brown just in case.
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May 3, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It had been 13 years since the Eagles drafted a cornerback as high as they did when Eric Rowe was chosen in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. And in the time since they chose Lito Sheppard in the 2002 first round, the league has changed significantly. Sheppard was generously listed at 5-foot-10, 194 pounds. Rowe is 6-1, 205 pounds. Sheppard, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a successful pick for then-coach Andy Reid, but he probably wouldn't be considered a first-round prospect in today's NFL, and certainly not by Chip Kelly.
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December 28, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles listed Bradley Fletcher as questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Giants, but what is without question is that the cornerback will not return next season. He may not be the only starter from the Eagles' beleaguered secondary headed for an exit. Safety Nate Allen's contract will also expire in the offseason. Cornerback Cary Williams has one year left on his deal, but all of his salary for 2015 isn't guaranteed. The Eagles could opt to move on from both their outside cornerbacks as they did two offseasons ago when Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie weren't brought back.
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