Nnamdi Asomugha Starts Oakland Raiders' Regeneration

Colin MehiganCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2009

The decision of Nanmdi Asomugha to re-sign with the Oakland Raiders is a major coup for the newly-installed coaching regime of head coach Tom Cable.

Asomugha is one the NFL's premier corners—yet since being drafted by the Raiders, he has never had a winning season and has never experienced a season of less than double digit losses.

Asomugha is an adopted Californian native who moved to the Golden State in his formative years. I am sure this assisted his decision, however, it is highly unlikely he would have bettered the Raiders' generous contract of $45 million over three years.

Be that as it may, it has been an outstanding week for Cable.

Asomugha's contract coincided with the re-signing of Shane Lechler—the league's best punter. Lechler is to get a mere $12 million over four years, becoming the highest paid punter in NFL history. Cable must be rubbing his hands with gleeful anticipation.

Not only have the Raiders managed to secure the employment of their only two Pro Bowl players, but it sends a message to the NFL that the Raiders mean business.

The NFL has been alerted that the silver and black is not a wasteland of mediocrity but a venue of resurgence.

The Oakland Raiders have had the perfect start to the offseason.