Nnamdi Asomugha: The Pros and Cons Of Him Being a Green Bay Packer
Nnamdi Asomugha was released this weekend and already we're having rumors of where he will end up.
According to San Francisco Chronicle reporter David White, he will likely end up with either the New York Jets or Green Bay Packers.
"I know him well. He'll go to Green Bay or NY Jets. Mark it down." White said via his Twitter account Sunday.
As we all know by now, Asomugha was cut because his contract had a specific clause in it. The clause was if Nnamdi didn't achieve his not-likely-to-be-earned incentives this season, he would have his contract voided.
Asougha's contract was a three year, $45.3 million, he only earned $28.5 million through two years of the deal. Nnamdi's contract was a huge hamper in the Revis negotiations with the Jets and now, might ironically end up across from the cornerback.
But here is the thing. As a Packer fan I know one thing, Ted Thompson doesn't build through free agency, he builds through the draft. We are reluctant to get even one player through free agency.
Now, if we all remember history's past (I'm sure we do) the last time a Raiders cornerback became available, Green Bay jumped all over him. Now, he is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and one of the best investments in a free agency for Green Bay.
Nnamdi and Charles are two very close friends. The reason why Nnamdi wants to come to Green Bay is purely based on playing for a contender and with his buddy Woodson. They would be dominant together. Having to choose one side or the other to pass to, it would be dangerous either way!
Asomugha would already be joining a defense that was ranked fifth in passing yards this past season and was ranked fourth in passing touchdowns allowed.
Now just think of that defense. Asomugha and Woodson at corner and Matthews at linebacker, with B.J. Raji rushing the quarterback forcing him to decide whether he wants to take his chances throwing to Woodson or Asomugha.
This deal wouldn't even mess with team chemistry. Signing Asomugha and bringing him into the fold would actually be good for chemistry. Nnamdi and Woodson are already friends so it's not like it would blow up on Green Bay. Their delicate team chemistry would survive the mega contract Asomugha would be sure to get.
Now for the inevitable cons. Sure it'd be great to have Asomugha on the team but, the aforementioned mega-contract he would broker would kill any cap room left in Green Bay. Important re-signings would be hampered by his big deal that, according to multiple reporters, could be one of the largest in NFL history.
Also, another con is the fact that Sam Shields has developed relatively well this season. Bringing in Asomugha would only hamper the development of the undrafted cornerback. He is being groomed to help out when Charles Woodson retires and, in signing Asomugha, would be hampered significantly.
All in all the signing of Asomugha would be a great thing for Green Bay. It helps out a lot to have Asomugha on defense, too much help in fact. With Asomugha, you can blitz Woodson now and not have to worry about the receiver getting open. Asomugha is an All-Pro cornerback no one is getting away from him.
Green Bay needs to learn a lesson from history. Go back out and sign another ex-Raiders cornerback again. It didn't fail you the first time, and it sure won't fail you this time.
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