Nnamdi Asomugha: Why the Detroit Lions Should Try To Sign Him for a Playoff Run

Ben LorimerSenior Analyst IIJanuary 9, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the sidelines during the closing minutes of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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With the news that Nnamdi Asomugha will be hitting free agency at the end of the season, no doubt half the teams in the league are salivating over the prospect of signing him. And no team should be more interested than the Detroit Lions.

It is a well-headlined fact that the Lions desperately need to improve their secondary if they wish to become competitive. They also could use a few more veteran players to help lead the young team. The effect of Kyle Vanden Bosch this season was huge, and Asomugha would do the same for the secondary.

Asomugha would also shut down one receiver for the Lions, alleviating the pressure on the other players in the secondary. In his last season, Nnamdi was targeted just 33 times in 14 games. He allowed just 13 completions, which went for 205 yards and no touchdowns.

That sort of player would make the Lions a formidable team.

The one challenge for the Lions in signing Asomugha is that he will want to join a Super Bowl contender like the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons to earn a chance to win the Lombardi Trophy. However, the Lions are a team on the rise, with the Super Bowl in their sights with just a few more players.

Signing Asomugha would also simplify the upcoming NFL draft for the Lions. As it stands, they want one of the top two corner backs with their first overall pick. However, their late-season winning streak placed them outside of the top 10, where both Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara will surely be picked.

If the Lions sign Asomugha, they can stay put in the first round and select an offensive tackle or a linebacker at pick No. 13, then a corner back in the second round. They will also get instant performance from Asomugha, and there is no chance he will be a bust.

All in all, it makes a lot of sense to target Asomugha. He will fill a gaping hole in the Detroit defense with an Pro Bowl-caliber player, and add another veteran to the defense. He would also raise the interest of football in Detroit, which will help fill the Lions coffers with more money.

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