The news is not getting any better for the Oakland Raiders. The first shock in Oakland was the firing of head coach Tom Cable. Now it is the possible loss of its best DB Nnamdi Asomugha.
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will become the top defensive free agent when the market opens. The Oakland Raiders can not put the franchise tag on Asomugha either since his contract is voided.
This 2010 season, Nnamdi Asomugha needed to play in a greater number of defensive plays this season than he did in 2009. Asomugha participated in 14 games whereas last season he was in 16, missing his "incentives" by two games.
There was also a second option in his contract where Asomugha could also improve by having a greater number of interceptions, fumbles or even sacks. However, most QBs in the NFL refused to throw Asomugha's way due to the fact that he is the best cover man in the NFL.
So what does this mean for Oakland? Sadly, it means that the secondary will suffer as Nnamdi Asomugha closed down his side of the field giving the defensive front the opportunity to hurry the QB. With Asomugha out of the secondary, there will be holes on both sides of the field, especially since CB Chris Johnson played average opposite the Pro Bowler.
Nnamdi Asomugha is the highest paid cornerback in the NFL, racking in $45.3 million over the course of three years. To obtain his services, another team would more than likely have to match or go higher to match what owner Al Davis is paying Asomugha.
For the Oakland Raiders and the fans it would mean losing one of the better players in the organization. Asomugha has been nothing but a professional for the Oakland Raiders.
Unlike punter Shane Lechler, he is not a vocal player when the team is shaken. In fact, he is the opposite. Asomugha is the player in the locker room pumping up the players. Trying to keep the team as a unit so they can win more games. Asomugha is simply a winner.
If Hue Jackson is to become the new head coach in Oakland, he should become vocal to owner Al Davis and get the "maverick style" owner to keep Asomugha by matching all offers.
The Oakland Raiders let go of star DB Charles Woodson in 2005 after he was nagged by injuries (turf toe) and his contract was up. Unfortunately, Woodson overcame those injuries and still remains one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
It would be dismal if the Raiders were to lose another star athlete of Asomugha's caliber. To think that the two best DBs in the league were with the silver and black is similar to having both Tim Brown and Jerry Rice on the offense. Let's hope Al Davis can retain Asomugha.
Oddly enough, Shane Lechler had agreed to his $16 million, four-year contract making him the highest paid punter in the NFL. Losing both players will definitely affect the Oakland Raiders organization as Asomugha is the best shut down corner and Lechler is the best punter that usually puts the rival team behind the twenty yard line.
It would appear that owner Al Davis may get a few more grays figuring the next best move for the Oakland Raiders.
At this rate the Oakland Raiders need some good news. Hopefully, Hue Jackson gets hired soon and can keep the team together. The Oakland Raiders can ill afford to begin rebuilding again? In retrospect, I am hoping the firing of Tom Cable will not affect Nnamdi Asomugha's decision to leave the Oakland Raiders.
Looking at the big picture the Oakland Raiders could lose Asomugha, Shane Lechler, Michael Bush, Zach Miller and Robert Gallery. All were players that played hard for coach Tom Cable. The Oakland Raiders may not be the team they were in 2010 regardless of who is the head coach. Let's hope some good news is right around the corner!