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Is this the year that Raiders fans' worst fears come true?
Could Nnamdi be gone in 2011?
Not a chance. So rest easy Nnamdi "Awsome-One" is going to be in silver and black for at least one more season. Here's a few reasons:
1) Nnamdi's contract is ridiculous, I'm no contract genius, but here's a rundown on the logistics via Wikipedia. Check it out:
"The first two years, worth $28.5 million, are fully guaranteed. In the third year of the contract, if Oakland wants to keep Asomugha, it must pay him the average of the top five highest-paid quarterbacks or $16.875 million, whichever is higher. If the Raiders fail to pick up the option, Asomugha will become a free agent with Oakland not having the ability to tag him again." (Source Wikipedia)
2) Al Davis loves his cornerbacks.
I seriously believe Al walks around with a "I have the best cornerback in the league." T-shirt under that Raiders jumpsuit.
Sure, Al gave up on Charles Woodson a few years back, but if you remember, Woodson was battling injuries and seemed to be on the decline. Who knew he would have a career resurgence in Green Bay.
Anyway, as I was saying, Nnamdi will get that QB money and remain in Oakland. Although, I am one of the few Raiders fans who believes trading Nnamdi would be beneficial. Call me crazy.
Verdict: Please stay (so we can trade you to the Pats for draft picks and/or Logan Mankins).