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Raiders' Asomugha Is on Philadelphia's Radar

By Sajid Farooq
|  Thursday, Feb 17, 2011  |  Updated 9:27 AM PDT
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OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03: Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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Al Davis may not think paying Nnamdi Asomugha is in the Raiders' best interest and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay may not want him but that doesn't mean the Oakland cornerback won't have his suitors.

Although NFL free agency won't begin until the league and its players sign a new collective bargaining agreement, which isn't expected to happen anytime soon, some owners are have no trouble talking about what they want to do once the period opens.

Philadelphia Eagles President Joe Banner went on ESPN Radio Wednesday to talk about the pending lockout and when free agency might start.

While 49ers' fans would love to hear Banner announce that back up quarterback Kevin Kolb would officially be trade bait, the Eagles' executive had his thoughts across the bay.

Banner was asked about whether his team will be making a big splash in free agency once the period begins and he said absolutely, including possibly adding another pricey free agency cornerback.

"There may be opportunities to get some great players that can make a difference at large salaries," Banner said. "There may be an opportunity to get some guys that are very good players but, because there are so many free agents at once, are very good values, and we're going to try to be in a position to take advantage of the situation."

The Eagles already have a pricey cornerback in Asante Samuel and Asomugha is expected to become one of the highest paid cornerbacks in the league when he signs his new contract.

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