BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Nnamdi Asomugha didn't think he was headed to Philadelphia until the last minute, either.
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"When a team wants you, you can feel it. And when you feel that match, I don't think you can shy away from that."
So Philly surprised the NFL by announcing Friday that he had signed a five-year contract. Asomugha reported to Eagles training camp at Lehigh University late Saturday night and was on the field watching his new team practice for the first time Sunday morning.
He said he spurned more money elsewhere because he believed the Eagles gave him the best chance to win a Super Bowl. Asomugha has never played in a postseason game and has never been on a winning team. The Eagles have reached the playoffs six times since Asomugha entered the NFL in 2003 and have had just one losing record since 2000.
"From top to bottom, the organization is first class with the head coach, the president, the GM, the owner, all the way down to the players," Asomugha said. "It has a championship feel to it."
"It's the best situation," he said. "Obviously, teams are passing a lot more, and there are rules that ... allow the offense to be more explosive, so you want to have as many defensive players and defensive playmakers and defensive backs that you can. If that's the case, it's very workable, and it could mean some very impressive things on our end."
"It's exciting," Asomugha said. "Any time you can get this many players ... it's exciting. But obviously we still have to go out there and play. Everything looks great right now, but we still have to jell. We still have to come together and work and bring back those victories."
Notes: The Eagles signed undrafted rookie linebacker Terance Thomas, a four-year starter at Villanova. Thomas had 327 tackles, 17.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in his career and was an All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team selection as a senior.
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