Asomugha The Giants Problem Now
Nnamdi Asomugha (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Posted Jul 30, 2011


All would have been well in Giantsland had shutdown cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha signed with the Jets. But the worst thing that could happen, happened. He went to Philadelphia. Now he's the Giants' problem.

Nnamdi Asomugha, the great free agent cornerback of the Raiders, was publicly considering the Cowboys and the Jets for his latest landing stop.

There's no question the Giants were hoping he'd end up with the Jets -- out of their division, and their hair. The last thing this receiving corps needed was a shutdown cornerback to contend with as it tries to get back on its feet after an injury-plagued 2010 season.

So, just when all indicators pointed toward the Jets, what did Asomugha do? He signed with the Eagles.

Surprise!

Now the Giants have a big problem. The Eagles, by far their main competition for the NFC East title, just improved themselves by a lot defensively. They were, at one point, susceptible to the big play, as their 31 passing touchdowns allowed indicated. But Asomugha takes that away now.

Given the firepower of the Eagles' offense, a defensive addition like Asomugha makes that point-scoring potential with Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Jason Avant all the scarier.

The only consolation here is that, because of Asomugha's hefty, $60 million pricetag, they might have to let big-play cornerback Asante Samuel go. But do you still want to deal with a secondary that features Asomugha new cornerback acquisition Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie?

Not a pretty picture at all. Add Samuel (he said he doesn't expect to get traded or released), and the Giants have to prepare for a twice-a-year nightmare.

They had better sign Ahmad Bradshaw because they're going to be running an awful lot those games.



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