The Philadelphia Eagles are once again far from a Dream Team. After Sunday’s brutal loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the 2012 season could once again resemble more of a nightmare once again. Michael Vick is just a few more turnovers and bad decisions away from being benched, and head coach Andy Reid is as close to being on the hot seat as he ever has throughout his lengthy tenure in Philadelphia.
So while the Eagles may still be 2-1 and tied atop the standings in the NFC East, this is not a team that appears to be ready to compete for a Super Bowl championship.
With that being said, is it time to start unloading some bad contracts in an attempt to shed some payroll going forward? If the Eagles do decide to go this route, they should start by trading away cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who was signed to a five year contract worth roughly $60 million prior to last season.
Simply put, it was a terrible signing for the Eagles.
Asomugha has not been the player the Eagles thought they were getting when they signed him away from the Oakland Raiders. He has blown some assignments, fallen too far behind wide receivers and allowed more touchdowns than normal. He was even sen getting into an altercation with fellow defensive back Kurt Coleman on Sunday.
This is the second straight week that Asomugha was made to look bad on defense, and he is simply no longer a top shutdown cornerback.
Right now may be the best time to trade Asomugha, because if he continues to let up big plays, the Eagles may soon be stuck with him as his trade value plummets.
Coleman is not of the hook either. In fact, the whole defense has not been the same since the passing of Jim Johnson, despite the fact the the Eagles brought in many high priced, talented defenders. But whereas Asomugha is making so much money, the attention is always going to fall on him ahead of many others.
Even if Asomugha is no longer as effective as he once was, there are a few teams who could use his services. I am not suggesting that the Eagles are close to a fire sale. That is not at all the case.
But trading a player or two to save some cap space is never a bad option. Trading Asomugha would be a very good option.
As to which teams may be interested, the New York Jets come to mind first. After losing Darrelle Revis for the rest of the 2012 season with a torn ACL, the Jets could certainly be in the market for an upgrade at corner. They have Kyle Williams, but are not as comfortable using him as a starting corner. The Jets have also demonstrated that they have no problem pulling the trigger on making a blockbuster trade.
The other team in New York would also make sense, as the Giants’ secondary has been decimated by injuries over the past couple of seasons. Asomugha would still be a significant upgrade for the Giants in the defensive backfield.
Other teams who would make sense include the Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals.