Friday, February 8, 2013
Eagles' thoughts on Nnamdi, DRC
By Tim Kavanagh
There has been a lot of speculation over what the Philadelphia Eagles are going to do at the CB position this offseason, given the return of both of their 2012 starters is not a given: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is an impending free agent, and Nnamdi Asomugha is a candidate for release based upon his contract.
In comments Thursday night, Adam Caplan of the Sideline View expressed his educated belief in both cases. Regarding Rodgers-Cromartie, Caplan would be surprised if he's re-signed, but the door isn't closed entirely. As for Nnamdi, the scribe believes that it'll take a pay cut in order to keep him in an Eagles uniform.
If both Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie are out of the picture, that leaves a pretty green unit in the secondary, with Curtis Marsh and Brandon Boykin as the potential opening day starters. The Eagles are tight against the cap -- though they can increase their space with a round of veteran cuts -- so signing a veteran could be tricky. However, there's also the draft, and they are in position to draft a difference-maker at No. 4 overall in Alabama's Dee Milliner, if they so desire:
Mel Kiper, Jr.Mock Draft V2.0
"I noted in the previous mock that on a per-play basis, rookie Brandon Boykin might have been the best player in the Eagles secondary toward the end of the season. The Eagles could see a number of personnel changes with the new regime, but they can't afford to fall off significantly in the secondary in a division with Eli Manning, Robert Griffin III and Tony Romo. You might expect Chip Kelly to score points, but he's always put a great emphasis on his defense too. Milliner has elite grades in terms of awareness and ball skills, and he's a physical corner who can push wideouts off routes. And he can flat-out tackle."