49ers Rumors: San Francisco Should Not Sign Nnamdi Asomugha
Mike Garafolo of the USA TODAY cited sources indicating that the meeting indeed was set to take place. However, making any sort of substantial investment in a 31-year-old corner whose best days appear clearly behind him doesn't seem like the savviest path the Niners could take.
If Jason Cole of Yahoo! is indeed correct in reporting that the Niners are interested in trading for Revis, it makes very little sense to covet Asomugha.
Can confirm Tampa Bay is possible landing spot for Revis. SF, ATL, DET also in mix. Miami would love to get him, but Jets won't allow that.— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) March 12, 2013
What used to be Asomugha's expertise—press coverage and physical play at the point of attack—would be a perfect fit for what the Niners need. Asomugha is simply not the type of imposing presence that he once was, though.
What should the Niners do to shore up the secondary?
Prior to signing a lucrative free-agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, he was considered one of the elite corners in the game, toiling away on the perpetually struggling Oakland Raiders.
As it turns out, the Eagles weren't a flight to much greener pastures, and Asomugha's play dropped off considerably. Even in a more man coverage-based defensive scheme this past season, he was frequently burned in coverage and was frequently outmuscled.
That is precisely what hurt the Niners so much this past postseason. Players like Julio Jones and Anquan Boldin absolutely torched the San Francisco secondary due to their physical play.
It would be one thing to bring Asomugha in if he were surrounded by a stellar defensive backfield. Unfortunately, the Niners just lost All-Pro free safety Dashon Goldson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and as Garafolo reports, the top option under current consideration is Charles Woodson.
Combine that potential combo with Donte Whitner and the Niners' other corners who struggled when San Francisco couldn't get outstanding pressure on the quarterback, and it doesn't look too bright for the Niners' defensive backfield.
Augmenting the problem is Asomugha's poor tackling, which has been the case for much of his career. His size, at 6'2" and 210 pounds, should allow him to be hard hitter, but that hasn't been true.
Asomugha is a shell of his former seemingly dominant self. If he's to be relied upon to be the No. 1 corner on the outside for San Francisco, similar disappointing results to the ones in Philadelphia are liable to occur.
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