Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Projecting the Eagles' CBs
By Tim Kavanagh
Prior to the 2011 season, the Philadelphia Eagles appeared to have won another "Champions of the Offseason" title, turning backup QB Kevin Kolb into CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a future second-round pick, and swooping in to sign free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha, after it appeared they weren't in the mix whatsoever. Adding those two to incumbent starter Asante Samuel would give them a trio of starting-caliber CBs, on par with anyone else in the league, right?
Well, that was the plan. Just two years later, all three of them may be playing for different franchises.
Samuel was dealt to the Atlanta Falcons prior to the start of the 2012 season, and he played a significant role for them, especially after Brent Grimes went down with a season-ending injury. As for Asomugha and DRC, it was another disappointing campaign, as Philly's defense underachieved, regardless of who was serving as the defensive coordinator.
With a new coaching staff taking over, expect lots of roster churning this offseason and next, and in the opinion of Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly, neither DRC -- an impending free agent -- nor Asomugha -- who is slated to make $15 million in 2013, and yes, you read that correctly -- will be on the roster by Week 1.
It's hard to fathom a scenario in which another team trades for Asomugha (in addition to the $15 million this season, his contract calls for $12 million in 2014 and 2015), but he will draw interest as a free agent if he is released. Rodgers-Cromartie, meanwhile, has been linked to numerous teams with a need at CB, and he should get some nice offers as well. As for Philly, losing these two would leave them with Brandon Boykin, Curtis Marsh, Brandon Hughes, Trevard Lindley and Chris Hawkins. To say that they'll be considering other CBs in free agency and the draft is not a wild assumption.