Nnamdi Asomugha: Should the Dallas Cowboys Try to Acquire the FA Cornerback?

Jonathan BalesAnalyst IJanuary 10, 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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Now that Asomugha is set to be a free agent in 2011, he will surely attract some suitors on the open market. Asomugha is going to obtain a mammoth sum of money for his services, but should Dallas be the team to give it to him?



3.  He is 29 years old.

Although Asomugha obviously has some good years left in him, he is an aging player that could be a potentially risky investment. Asomugha plays a position that relies heavily on speed, which is generally the first part of a player’s game to disappear.

2.  The Cowboys have a lot of holes.

Cornerback is certainly an area of concern for Dallas, but so is inside linebacker, safety, defensive end and the offensive line.  There are quite a few holes, meaning the Cowboys might be smart to disperse funds to a variety of quality players rather than put almost all of it into one guy.  Don’t forget the ‘Boys will be dishing out a fairly hefty contract to their first-rounder (if they stay at No. 9), so there may not be too much cash left to sign other free agents if they bring in N.A.

1.  The 2011 cornerback class is deep.

This class of cornerbacks is loaded from top to bottom.  While Patrick Peterson or Prince Amukamara are slight possibilities in the first round, the depth of the class means the Cowboys could pick up a first-round talent with their second-round selection. That player would obviously be a downgrade from Asomugha but would allow the squad to focus on other pressing needs while still upgrading the cornerback spot.



3.  He excels in any type of coverage and is stout against the run.

No one really knows who will be the defensive coordinator for Dallas in 2011.  Will he stick to the team’s man coverage-heavy scheme or implement more zone?  Either way, Asomugha will be a perfect fit.  He’s a dream cornerback for any system.

2.  Terence Newman could be tested at free safety.

While opinions of Newman-to-safety differ greatly, I think the ‘Boys should at least toy with the idea.  Detractors claim Newman isn’t a big enough hitter, but it isn’t like he’d be playing strong safety.  

At free safety, Newman could see the quarterback throw the ball and attack it, as opposed to cornerback, where he has to cover his man and then turn to locate the ball. Ball skills have long been Newman’s kryptonite, and a move to free safety could aid him in that regard.

1.  He’s the best cornerback in the NFL.

Darrelle Revis is great, but Asomugha has been the best cornerback in football for the last five years.  He doesn’t secure many interceptions because he rarely gets tested: This season, he was targeted just 33 times (up from 28 last season).  In comparison, Revis was targeted well over 100 times in 2009.


Overall, the choice is a difficult one for the Cowboys.  I personally think they should focus on building through the draft and adding less expensive free agents at positions of need, but I wouldn’t be distraught over an Asomugha signing.  He’s one of the best cornerbacks to ever walk the planet, and his presence in Dallas couldn’t be a terrible thing.