Philadelphia • The peril of a high-profile free-agent signing is evidenced by an examination of Nnamdi Asomugha's two seasons in Philadelphia. During that time, Asomugha's reputation sank from perhaps the finest cornerback in the NFL and the marquee free agent on the market to a player who might be unceremoniously released any day.
Asomugha is still on the Eagles' roster. But unless the two sides can renegotiate the big deal he signed in 2011, the Eagles will be scouring the free-agent pool to find his replacement. And with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie also free to sign with any team, it's entirely conceivable that the Eagles would need to replace both starting cornerbacks.
The Dallas Cowboys did that last season, although they signed the top cornerback on the market (Brandon Carr) and drafted the top cornerback (Morris Claiborne). This is a deep class of free-agent cornerbacks, but any big-money offer must come with the understanding of the risk of free agency.