Thursday, March 14, 2013
Eagles will start two new cornerbacks in '13
By Dan Graziano
The Philadelphia Eagles released Nnamdi Asomugha on Tuesday. And on Wednesday night, free-agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos.
This means that the two high-profile cornerbacks the Eagles acquired as part of their 2011 offseason spending spree are both gone from the organization and they will, as many had expected, need to find two new starting corners in 2013. Bradley Fletcher, who signed Tuesday, is a candidate for one of those two starting spots. It remains to be seen if the Eagles view second-year man Brandon Boykin as another at this point.
But it does seem clear that the people running the Eagles -- old and new -- are fine with distancing themselves as much as possible from what went on in Philadelphia for the past two seasons. Asomugha the free agent and Rodgers-Cromartie the trade acquisition (as part of the Kevin Kolb deal) were, as much as anyone, the symbols of how much the Eagles expected of the team they assembled in 2011, and how far short of expectations they fell. Neither was awful, but neither was great or consistent, and too many of the failures on defense over the past two years were the fault of blown coverages on which Asomugha or Rodgers-Cromartie either looked bad, bore responsibility or both.
The fact that the Eagles let Rodgers-Cromartie, who won't turn 27 until next month, leave on a one-year deal means they didn't want him back. And while there are some high-profile holdovers (see: Vick, Michael) from the mess of Andy Reid's final two seasons in Philadelphia, holdover GM Howie Roseman and new coach Chip Kelly don't seem to want any more of them around than is absolutely necessary.