NFL Free Agency: Why Nnamdi Asomugha Is a Great Fit For the New England Patriots

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IFebruary 14, 2011

NFL Free Agency: Why Nnamdi Asomugha Is a Great Fit For the New England Patriots

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    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 S
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    Nnamdi Asomugha is a free man now that the Oakland Raiders declined the option on his contract.

    Now Asomugha can pick who he wants to play for in 2011, once the league and the union get everything figured out.

    Asomugha may stay in Oakland, or he may go elsewhere. One possible destination for Asomugha in the new season is New England.

    The Patriots represent a great opportunity for the talented cornerback, and here are some reasons why.

A Return To Stardom

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 26:  Receiver Randy Moss #84 of the Tennessee Titans warms up prior to the start of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 26, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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    Not that Asomugha is in danger of fading away in Oakland, but leaving Oakland for New England did wonders for Randy Moss.

    Moss had a career-revival in New England prior to his trade last year, and Asomugha could see a spike in his numbers with better players around him and Bell Belichik on the sidelines.

Gives Patriots A Veteran Presence

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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 05:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 the Oakland Raiders looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 28-13.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Ge
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    Asomugha would give the rebuilding Patriots a solid veteran presence in their backfield.

    The Patriots still are supposed to be in the middle of a rebuild, not so you would really notice amid 14 wins in 2010.

The Patriots Are Closer To A Super Bowl

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers #12 (R) and Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate with the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XLV 31-25 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011
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    The Raiders may be a better team than they were a year ago. Still, the Patriots are much closer to the Super Bowl than the Patriots.

    The Patriots have real potential to win it all as long as Tom Brady is the quarterback and Bill Belichick is the coach.

Allows The Patriots To Eliminate A Draft Need

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on as he stands on stage during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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    Right now the Patriots have one solid cornerback (more on that in a bit).

    Adding Asomugha really would eliminate the need to try and find another shutdown corner in the draft, freeing Belichick to focus on other areas.

Darius Butler

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets catches a pass over Darius Butler #28 of the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo
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    Darius Butler isn't working out as well as Pats fans, or Bill Belichick, were hoping. Butler looks like he'll never be anything more but a backup.

    Signing Asomugha acknowledges that fact without making a big deal out of it.

Devin McCourty

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 02: Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots is congratulated by teammate Jerod Mayo #51 after McCourty intercepted a pass by the Miami Dolphins on January 2, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/
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    With Devin McCourty and Asomugha on opposite sides of the field, it truly would be like Batman and Robin out on the field, doing everything they can to stop the passing games.

He's A Perfect Fit For Bill Belichick

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Head Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots during warm up against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    Asomugha is a smart football player known for his toughness. Bill Belichick favors draft picks who are smart, tough, and had to face some adversity to get where they are today.

    Toughness doesn't mean anything if it's just bravado and Asomugha has proved over the years there is nothing false about his style of play.