Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has quickly become the most discussed NFL free agent since it was first reported that his contract would be voided at the end of the season. Since than, any team that’s in need of help at cornerback position has been suggested as a possible option for Asomugha.
One of the best NFL analyst’s, Michael Lombardi, recently mentioned that he sees the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and the Miami Dolphins as all “great” fits for Asomugha. While it would be interesting to see Asomugha playing for either the Patriots’s or Packers, it would be change in approach from the two organizations.
Green Bay Packers:
Considering that Green Bay’s 2010 season ended with a Super Bowl win, paired with the fact that they are in a great position to compete in the coming years, the Packers would probably appeal to a lot free agents right now. Charles Woodson was also a teammate of Asomugha while in Oakland which could impact his decision.
The problem with idea is that it would go against Ted Thompson approach towards building a roster through the draft and cost-efficient free agents. The last big name free agent that Packers brought in was Charles Woodson so this is not say that the Packers will not attempt to sign Asomugha but that it’s not very likely.
New Englans Patriots:
The Patriots are a lot like the Packers in the sense that they are more focused on player development than signing big-name free agents.
New England could really use a solid cornerback to play across from Devin McCourty and bringing a high character guy like Nnamdi could have a positive impact on the teams young defense. The money that Asomugha will require is the biggest hurdle for any team that has interest in him.
The Patriots have committed a large amount of money to Tom Brady and Logan Mankins, who was franchised earlier today, so it will be interesting to see if they look to the free agent market to fill other team needs.
Once again, Asomugha makes sense initially until to take into consideration that they already have some big contracts in place, e.g. Brandon Marshall and Karlos Dansby. You pair them with the fact that Miami will still have to address both the quarterback and running back positions during the offseason and it begins to look like signing Asomugha may be a little ambitious.
San Francisco 49ers:
ESPN’s NFC West blogger Mike Sando mentioned that he doesn’t see the 49ers making a run at Asomugha because they haven’t made a lot of moves during free agency in the last few years. Sando’s point assumes that 49ers new GM Trent Baalke plans to follow suit which is a possiblity considering that he focused on the draft while he was the teams Director of Player Personnel.
During the chat, Mike Sando also mentioned that he sees Asomugha re-signing with the Oakland Raiders which is stronger possibility than most would think.