Houston Texans: Nnamdi Asomugha is the Missing Link for the Texans Secondary

Stephen Kasper@skasper06Correspondent IJanuary 31, 2011

Nnamdi Asomugha
Nnamdi AsomughaRobert Laberge/Getty Images

Why Oakland would allow their best player's contract to become void is beyond me.


Maybe the Raiders are going green and found out that Asomugha's blanket coverage is bad for the environment.


Whatever the reason, Nnamdi Asomugha is out of Oakland and will be one of the most sought after free agents in recent NFL history.


When I heard Nnamdi Asomugha would be entering free agency this offseason, the first place I could imagine him landing was Houston.


Of course, this entire article is subject to the NFL's ability to come to terms with a new collective bargaining agreement. But for the sake of football, we will assume everything gets sorted out rather quickly and the offseason goes as normal as possible.


When free agency does open, there will be about 32 teams interested in Asomugha


And for good reason.


Since entering the league in 2003, Asomugha has arguably become one of the best shut-down cornerbacks in the league.


The four time Pro-Bowler has also been selected as an All-Pro just as many times.


Any team would want Asomugha in their secondary, but not many teams need him quite as badly as the Houston Texans.


Sure, Houston had an impressive offense, putting up top 10 league rankings in scoring, passing yards and rushing yards. But the other side of the ball wasn't so pretty.


The Texans finished dead last in passing defense last season, allowing just over 267 yards a game through the air, which translates to nearly 27 points allowed a game, good enough for fourth worst in the NFL.


Compared to the Steelers number one ranked defense in the league, who allowed only 14.5 points per game, I would say there is definitely room for improvement on the Texans defense.


Houston has already made one smart move for their defense this offseason by firing defensive coordinator Frank Bush and replacing him with Wade Phillips.


Plenty of talent is already there with DeMeco Ryans, Brian Cushing and Mario Williams, giving the defensive line and linebacker core a solid base to work with.


The only thing missing is a secondary.


With safety Bernard Pollard set to become a free agent, the Texans and Wade Phillips have a lot of big decisions to make regarding their pass defense.


One decision they should definitely make is to pursue Nnamdi Asomugha as their primary target this offseason.


Without a doubt, any team that signs Asomugha will pay a pretty penny, but he will be more than worth it, especially for a struggling Texan's secondary.


“Awesome-Wah”, as I like to call him, had one of the best seasons a cornerback can have in 2010, only allowing 10 catches from 27 passes thrown his way and didn't give up a single touchdown all year.


Imagine, if the Texans could sign such an amazing force, very little work would need to be done to finish making the Texans team one of the best in the NFL.


Asomugha will look for the big money, just as Darrelle Revis did with the Jets this past season. The only difference is that he will have teams lined up ready to pay him even more than Revis received.


Not only would Asomugha be the difference maker for the Houston Texans, he would lift the entire team to a completely new level.


Texans GM Rick Smith would be crazy to not make an aggressive pursuit of Asomugha.


Imagine a game where you could see Andre Johnson and Arian Foster on offense, then Mario Williams and Nnamdi Asomugha on defense.


The possibilities would be endless.


Between Gary Kubiak, Wade Phillips, Rick Smith and Texans owner Bob McNair, this Texans front office staff should be prepared to give Nnamdi Asomugha the key to the city to get him in a Texans uniform next season.


Should they actually make it happen, Houston would be an immediate front-runner not only for the AFC South, but possibly the Super Bowl.