Surprise! Eagles sign DB Asomugha to 5-year deal

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“We do consider the third corner a starter,” he said. “This is a passing league. We think it’s important to be able to defend the pass and pressure the quarterback. When you have cover players and pass rushers, and we added a couple of those today and yesterday, I think that helps you do that.”

Though he may have made more elsewhere, Asomugha made it clear he was interested in winning a Super Bowl as well. As the league headed toward it’s free-agency signing period, which started on Friday at 6 p.m., it appeared that the Jets were the clear frontrunner. What seemed to help New York’s cause is that Asomugha has aspirations of acting when his playing days are over. New York, over several other destinations, clearly seemed like a good place to start that second career.

But instead of joining the team that made the AFC title game the last two years, he’ll join an Eagles club that went 10-6 last season, won the NFC East and figures now to be considered among the Super Bowl favorites this year.

The move was more surprising because the Eagles weren’t a part of the early courting of Asomugha. In fact, Roseman said Philadelphia entered negotiations “very late.”

The Eagles also officially signed Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin to a five-year contract, and tight end Donald Lee and wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins to one-year deals.

“It’s been fast,” Reid said, “and furious.”

Asomugha is the latest big-name free agent to chose Philadelphia over other destinations.

In December, the Phillies, hoping to get back to the World Series for the third time since 2008, signed pitcher Cliff Lee, the biggest catch of Major League Baseball’s free-agent class. And earlier this month, the Flyers snagged the most accomplished free-agent forward on the NHL market, Jaromir Jagr. Both were viewed as surprises.

Asomugha may be the biggest.

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