Nnamdi Asomugha had a tough choice: the New York Jets or the Dallas Cowboys?
Then, the Philadelphia Eagles swooped in and snagged the biggest prize in this year’s free agent frenzy.
The All-Pro cornerback signed a five-year contract Friday with the Eagles, who gave the former Oakland Raiders star a deal that would pay him $60 million over the life of it, with $25 million guaranteed.
It was a stunning development as the Jets and Cowboys were thought to be the final teams in the sweepstakes for Asomugha’s services. Rex Ryan and the Jets dreamed of a No-Fly Zone secondary with Asomugha paired with Darrelle Revis. Meanwhile, the Cowboys and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Rex’s twin brother, imagined how improved their defense would be with one big move.
Turns out, the Eagles were the team celebrating in the end.
Former University of Washington quarterback Mark Brunell was cut by the Jets, but the 40-year-old might return to back up Mark Sanchez at a reduced salary. … Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora failed to report for the opening day of the New York Giants training camp and was placed on the reserve-did not report list. … The Vikings formally announced the trade with Washington that brings quarterback Donovan McNabb to Minnesota. The Vikings sent a 2012 sixth-round draft choice and a conditional 2013 sixth-rounder. … Miami completed its trade for Reggie Bush by sending safety Jonathon Amaya and an undisclosed draft pick to New Orleans. Miami also cut outspoken linebacker Channing Crowder. … Pittsburgh cut veteran tackle Flozell Adams. … Atlanta is bringing back a rising star at tackle, Tyson Clabo. … Punter Steve Weatherford said he is leaving the Jets. … San Francisco released veteran kicker Joe Nedney and center Eric Heitmann after they failed physicals. … Dallas re-signed defensive end Marcus Spears.