49ers Rumors: San Francisco Should Not Sign Nnamdi Asomugha

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 15, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18:  Nnamdi Asomugha #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after a play against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Recently released Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha reportedly visited with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, but the team would be wise not to sign the four-time All-Pro.

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.

With such a deep cornerback class in the NFL draft and New York Jets shutdown corner Darrelle Revis on the trading block, there is no need to pick up a declining Asomugha to play on the outside.

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.

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.

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.