Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Will Eagles keep Asomugha, DRC?
By Tom Carpenter
The Philadelphia Eagles have two of the more skilled cornerbacks in the NFL, but keeping Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha on the Eagles roster carries with it serious financial implications. Enough so that Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer thinks "it’s also conceivable to let both walk and restart."
"Rodgers-Cromartie is an unrestricted free agent. In order to keep him, the Eagles will need to pay big money. ... The Eagles could also place the franchise tag on him, which will keep him for more than $10 million. That won’t require a long-term commitment, but it’s a significant salary commitment," Berman wrote.
"Asomugha is more perplexing. Two years ago, he had the reputation for being one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks. That hasn't been the case. He’s due $15 million next season, with $4 million guaranteed. So the Eagles could keep him — perhaps even at a reduced figure — or eat $4 million and release him. That would only happen if they don’t think they can salvage Asomugha, who will be 32 next season."
Chip Kelly and his staff are in a unique position as they remake a roster that has plenty of talent into a team that fits his style. Considering the financial side of that process, it may be a surprise to see both of them back in an Eagles uni next season.