49ers Rumors: Nnamdi Asomugha Would Be Ideal Addition at Right Price

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Nnamdi Asomugha #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his interception with teammates Kurt Coleman #42 and Brian Rolle #59 during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers must not get into a bidding war for Nnamdi Asomugha, but he'd be a perfect addition to the roster, provided he doesn't break the bank. 

Asomugha is rumored to be in "serious" talks with the 49ers, according to NFL Network's Akbar Gbaja-Biamila:

He is also in talks with the New Orleans Saints and was set to visit the team, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. But according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, Asomugha won't discuss a contract with the 49ers until after he "completes his free agent visits."

According to OvertheCap.com, the 49ers are currently up against the cap, working with a roster that tallies to just less than $120 million. The NFL recently set the salary cap for the 2013 season at $123 million, via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

That doesn't leave Trent Baalke and company much wiggle room to work with in free agency, and the team hasn't even begun to touch the problem of signing up to 14 draft picks this summer.

Granted, some players could still be cut to trim some fat. 

Cutting Donte Whitner would save the team approximately $4.1 million, per OvertheCap.com. Cutting Parys Haralson would save almost $2.7 million and cutting Tarell Brown would save the team $3.5 million. These potential moves are speculative, but they also make some sense.

That said, the fact remains that the 49ers aren't sitting on a gold mine of salary cap like the Cincinnati Bengals.

Asomugha isn't the same lock-down corner he was back in the good, old days when he was dominating one side of the field for the Oakland Raiders. But the veteran is still a solid cover corner who excels in man-to-man defense, which is what the 49ers run more often than not on the perimeter.

He's big, too, at 6'2" and 210 pounds. His size is an element the 49ers missed in last year's playoff run. Maiocco wrote recently that the team is looking to bring in cornerbacks with size, and Asomugha fits the bill. 

As long as the 49ers can land Asomugha on a team-friendly deal, he'd be a tremendous addition to the team's secondary. Judging by the contracts we've been seeing from the top cornerbacks of the 2013 free-agent market, the 49ers should be able to land him on a two- or three-year deal in the $2 million-$3 million per-season range.

If that's a deal the team can swing, Asomugha would give the 49ers a boost in the secondary—a crucial area that plagued the team in the playoffs last year. 

Then again, with so many draft picks to play with, Baalke could always try to swing a deal to land Dee Milliner near the top of the draft...


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