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Jets lose out: Nnamdi to Eagles

Nnamdi Asomugha #21 takes off his helmet during

Nnamdi Asomugha #21 takes off his helmet during a break in play in their game against the Denver Broncos at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. (Sept. 27, 2009) Credit: Getty Images

Nnamdi Asomugha won't be a Jet. But he won't be a Cowboy, either.

The Jets lost out in the bidding war for the All-Pro cornerback, watching him go to a team that hadn't even been mentioned as a possibility: the Eagles. ESPN reports the deal is for five years and $60 million with $25 million guaranteed.

It was a stunning turn of events for the Jets, who thought they were in the driver's seat to land the four-time Pro Bowler.

Coming into the day, the Jets were widely considered the favorites to reel in the biggest fish in free agency, especially after the Texans fell out of the race last night when they agreed to terms with Johnathan Joseph. Their fortunes appeared to look even better this morning when the 49ers reportedly dropped out of the bidding, except the Cowboys were being talked about as a real threat earlier today.

In fact, according to a league source, the Cowboys had increased their offer for Asumugha during the afternoon. But just to show how wacky the chase for Asomugha was: just after a source said the Jets had fallen out of the race, and speculation began growing that the Cowboys had acquired the highly-coveted star defensive back, Asomugha's agent Ben Dogra texted the Fort-Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram with a message.

"The Cowboys are not in the Nnamdi sweepstakes." Dogra wrote.

That's because the Eagles had already swooped in and landed Asomugha.

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