Philadelphia has become quite the attractive free-agent destination of late.
One day after acquiring Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Cardinals, the Eagles stunned the NFL world, and signed another Pro Bowl cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha, to a five-year contract.
Asomugha, considered the top free agent on the market, spent his first eight seasons with the Raiders. He had a career-high eight interceptions in 2006 and went to the Pro Bowl after the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Even though he has just three interceptions in the last three years, Asomugha is considered one of the top cover cornerbacks in the NFL, and was courted by several high-profile teams, including the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys.
The Eagles now have three Pro Bowl cornerbacks on their roster: Asomugha, Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel, who has 42 interceptions in eight years and has made the Pro Bowl four straight years.
Asomugha's deal would pay him $60 million over the life of it, with $25 million guaranteed.
Top pick Newton signs
No. 1 draft pick Cam Newton signed with the Panthers and arrived at camp Friday night. According to several media reports, Newton agreed to a four-year, $22 million deal. Panthers Coach Ron Rivera said he expected the former Auburn quarterback to be at Carolina's first practice session on Saturday.
Manning not ready yet
The pain in Peyton Manning's neck will keep him off the practice field early next week. The Colts still aren't sure how long it will take to get the four-time MVP back.
Coach Jim Caldwell said Friday the team will be cautious with its franchise quarterback, who had neck surgery in May, and will not push him too hard. Camp opens Monday.
Eagles pick up Young
The Eagles formally announced a one-year deal for Vince Young, a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback and a former first-round pick of Tennessee. Young will replace Kevin Kolb as Michael Vick's backup. A standout at Texas, where he went 30-2 and led the Longhorns to a national championship only to have an up-and-down career with the Titans, Young will get a fresh start in Philadelphia, and won't have to deal with the pressure of performing right off the bat. He was released Thursday after five years with the Titans.
No 'Hard Knocks'
Hard Knocks, the HBO reality show that documents NFL training camps, won't air this year because of the four-month lockout and football's shortened off-season, HBO Sports and NFL Films said Friday in a joint emailed release. Last year's series, which featured the Jets, showed Coach Rex Ryan curse more than 20 times in its opening episode.
Around the league
Titans: Three-time Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson was the lone holdout when Tennessee opened camp Friday. Johnson is due $800,000 this season. "We've told Chris and his agent we're willing to sit down and talk about a contract, but he needs to be in camp before we do that," General Manager Mike Reinfeldt said.
Bears: Wide receiver Roy Williams and defensive lineman Vernon Gholston agreed to deals with Chicago. Williams received a one-year contract one day after he was cut by the Cowboys.
Giants: Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora failed to report for the opening day of training camp and was placed on the reserve-did not report list. Umenyiora said during the recent lockout that General Manager Jerry Reese failed to live up to a promise to renegotiate his contract.
Patriots: New England signed quarterback Ryan Mallett, a third-round pick from Arkansas, and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, a fifth-round choice from TCU. There were some notable players released, including — defensive end Ty Warren, tight end Alge Crumpler and offensive tackle Nick Kaczur.
49ers: Quarterback Alex Smith signed a one-year free agent contract as expected, giving new coach and former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh an experienced starter for 2011. Also, two-time Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore was a no-show for the first day of training camp, apparently fulfilling his plan to hold out for a new contract.
Vikings: Minnesota formally announced the trade with Washington that brings Donovan McNabb to Minnesota. The Vikings sent a 2012 sixth-round draft choice and a conditional 2013 sixth-rounder to the Redskins.
Saints: Drew Brees said he "pulled out all the stops" in his effort to recruit free agent Darren Sproles, the 5-foot-6 running back/return man who agreed to a four-year, $14 million deal with New Orleans on Thursday night. Brees was San Diego's quarterback in 2005, when Sproles was drafted by the Chargers and had the first of his five seasons with more than 1,000 kickoff return yards.
Bills: Defensive lineman Marcell Dareus, selected third overall out of Alabama, signed a four-year, $20.4 million contract with Buffalo.
Packers: Mark Tauscher, a fixture at right tackle for the better part of a decade for Green Bay, and linebacker Nick Barnett were among five veterans released by the team Friday.
Broncos: Rookie linebacker Von Miller, the second overall pick in the draft, left practice early with a bruised right thigh, just 24 hours after signing a four-year, $21 million deal.