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Morning Jolt: Eagles positioned to add Asomugha

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Thursday, February 17

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Eagles positioned to add Asomugha

The Eagles, though heavily committed to Asante Samuel, may be willing to pursue another star cornerback: Nnamdi Asomugha. The team isn't ruling it out, at least not for salary cap reasons. "If we went or didn't go in any particular direction it wouldn't be because of the balance of the cap at that particular position," Eagles president Joe Banner said Tuesday. He was asked about the theory that the Eagles wouldn't give Asomugha a huge contract because they are already paying for one Pro Bowl cornerback -- Samuel -- and might not be able to address all their needs if they tie up so much salary cap space in one position. (Philadelphia Inquirer)Comment

Mattingly names Kershaw as Dodgers opening day starter

Last season, Joe Torre selected his Opening Day starter almost by default, but 2011 is a different season for the Dodgers. At a time when the owner is short on cash and the team appears to be without some key components, the rookie manager reminded everyone that the Dodgers still have something special. They have Clayton Kershaw. The recently married 22-year-old left-hander was selected the Dodgers' opening-day starter by Manager Don Mattingly on Wednesday, when pitchers and catchers first reported to the team's spring-training complex. ... Kershaw downplayed the significance of pitching on the first day but understood the symbolism. "I don't take that lightly," Kershaw said. (Los Angeles Times)Comment

Bailey puts Denver-area house up for sale

John Fox told The Denver Post on Tuesday that some talks with Champ Bailey's representatives had taken place, but Bailey's not acting like a man entrenched in Denver. As of Wednesday, Champ Bailey's house is officially on the market. Bailey's agent, Jack Reale, confirmed Bailey has listed the home, which real estate records show Bailey purchased for $1.6 million in June of 2007. Bailey, who has been with the Broncos since the blockbuster trade in 2004 that sent Clinton Portis to the Redskins and brought Bailey to Denver, will be an unrestricted free agent when either the new league begins or after an expected lockout by franchise owners is resolved with a new collective bargaining agreement. (Denver Post)Comment

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