Nnamdi Asomugha: “There Wasn’t Resentment” Over Big Free Agent Money in 2011 Inbox
Much of Nnamdi Asomugha’s Wednesday hit on Pro Football Talk was the stuff of snoozing. You know, the usual. Talk about cozying up to what was a year ago, for Asomugha and everybody, a new system. Holding Nplayer-monitored practice sessions (ewwwh!!!) going through “the grueling moments of the offseason (aahhhh!!!).” You know. Broing out. Coming together. Quintessential pre-camp convo.
Then came fun. Less light than heat, but good quotes and better laughs nonetheless.
Said Asomugha, when asked whether he was gearing up for any NFL wideouts in particular: ”Well, right now, specifically for last year, it was more about learning my new techniques. … I guess if you were to stand there and play man [coverage] against a guy, that’s a different story. If that was the case, there aren’t guys that stand out in my mind. There’s a handful of guys that are really good at what they’re doing from the wide receiver position, which is the easiest position in the NFL.”
To which Florio laughed, re-set, and fired back. “Really?” he asked.
“Really,” Asomugha answered: “You should not be surprised. I think if you talk to any cornerback in the league, I think we’ll all tell you that. We go back and forth talking trash with our own teammates about it. (Things like) “All you have to do is just go out there and catch a ball,” (and) “you know where you’re going, we have no idea, but we have to be perfect at (defending you).” It’s always fun, banter going back and forth.
“Every position is difficult. But receiver is, my goodness.”
Which, we figure, is code for easiness.
But then it got real. After Florio had deftly trimmed away the fat, went through his checklist of tired, obligatory probes, he settled in on something more serious: How’d the new guys feel about the contracts of you and all the other guys the Eagles shelled out top coin for last year? Resentment, much?
Said Asomugha: ”I didn’t (sense that sentiment). Obviously there were situations that were made bigger than (what) they were with some of our players. But I didn’t sense it, and even talking with players that had contracts that were ready to be up, there wasn’t a resentment sort of thing.”
That’s news. Not necessarily good or bad news. Think people would fume upon hearing an 8-8 season was spoiled by jealously the same way they could be bummed that, if Asomugha’s right/honest/informed, rectifying that problem this time (by virtue of a ton of in-house money for DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Evan Mathis, Todd Herremans and Trent Cole, who, it should be noted, are the very people Asomugha’s exonorating, given that they’re the ones who would’ve felt slighted) won’t bring the pick-me-up of forgotten grudges.
Assuming, of course, that Asomugha’s really giving you that inside look at his teammates feelings. And that they did him theirs. Something to chew on.