Nnamdi Asomugha

Former Eagles Asante Samuel and LeSean McCoy said they knew Nnamdi Asomugha was a flop from the start.

As Nnamdi Asomugha became a free agent in 2011, he was heavily pursued before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former Raiders great agreed to a five-year, $60 million contract with a $25 million guarantee, but his teammates were immediately dissatisfied.

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In a recent I Am Athlete Pod episode, retired Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel called Asomugha "overrated." Samuel was urged to speak frankly about what comes to mind when he hears Asomugha's name.

"The first notion that comes to me is how the NFL can influence, control the narrative in order to make things appear different," Samuel continued.

Samuel was pointing to that same disparity in Asomugha's numbers during his tenure with both the Oakland Raiders and the Philadelphia Eagles. Asomugha just allowed one touchdown in 45 games with the Raiders from 2008 to 2010, yet he allowed nine in 32 games with the Eagles.

The 2011 Eagles' standout defensive back, LeSean McCoy, related a tale about Asomugha's first one-on-one during practice. Everyone was delighted and initially believed having Asomugha on the roster was a major deal, but after watching him go against tight-end.

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Brent Celek, they changed their thoughts. Celek defeated him with a comment route, shattering the fantasy established by the hoopla.

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