With the Phillies' 2008 World Series championship and the Eagles on a hiring spree, the city's teams are in a renaissance
It has been a banner week for the Philadelphia Eagles. After signing several of the NFL's top free agents, the defending NFC East champs have assembled a roster that has sportswriters drooling and even prompted one of the team's own players to compare it to the Miami Heat (an assertion that was met with skepticism and amusement). The Eagles have assembled a staggering amount of talent. And they've done it through a slew of free agent coups, building a winner the same way as their neighbors, the Philadelphia Phillies, have done. In the process, the two teams have resurrected professional sports in the City of Brotherly Love.
Eagles' general manager Howie Roseman has spent the past two weeks making the executives in other NFL front offices look like fourth-graders. Last weekend, he signed the top free agent on the market, All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (that's NAHM-dee AH-sem-wah) to a five-year deal after virtually every major media outlet in the country had claimed Asomugha was bound for the New York Jets. This week, they got top defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and signed two recent All-Pros, running back Ronnie Brown and quarterback Vince Young , as backups. And those were just the desserts after the 2009 acquisition of Michael Vick by Roseman's predecessor, Tom Heckert, and head coach Andy Reid when no other team dared to take Vick after his release from prison. All the fleet-footed QB has done is finish second in last year's Most Valuable Player voting, lead Philly to an NFC East title, and inspire many of the above free agents to come to the Eagles.