NFL Free Agency: 16 Teams Who Will Be in the Mix for Nnamdi Asomugha

Joe UnderhillCorrespondent IIIApril 21, 2011

NFL Free Agency: 16 Teams Who Will Be in the Mix for Nnamdi Asomugha

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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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    Nnamdi Asomugha has been one of the most dominant corner backs in the NFL. Despite having nine years in the league, Asomugha is only 29. Thanks to a unique contract agreement, Asomugha is an unrestricted free agent. Whichever team signs him will be getting an upgrade, and these are 16 teams should at least look into getting Asomugha.

Houston Texans

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    Houston could use a CB upgrade.
    Houston could use a CB upgrade.Thearon W, Henderson/Getty Images

    The Texans had the worst pass defense in the league last year, giving up over 267 yards in the air per game. Adding a CB of Asomugha’s caliber will certainly help Houston’s defense. Houston may be in position to address this need in the draft, but if they do, they won't go after Asomugha. 

Washington Redskins

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    Washington has lots of needs and only a few draft picks.
    Washington has lots of needs and only a few draft picks.Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Despite having the ninth best corner, according to ESPN, in DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins still managed to give up the second most passing yards. Washington would love to add a shutdown corner opposite Hall.

Tennessee Titans

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Wide receiver Drew Bennett #83 of the Tennessee Titans runs against cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders on December 19, 2004 at Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders defeated the Tita
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    The Titans need help all over the place. They would do well to add a CB of Asomugha’s caliber, but it's unlikely they’ll pay the price.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 2:  Wide receiver Ernest Wilford #19 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a catch in the fourth quarter, setting up the only touchdown of the game, against Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders at Network Associates Coliseum on Jan
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    The Jags are another team with lots of holes. What they do in the draft will determine how much interest they may have in Asomugha. If they don’t draft a CB in the draft, then I would expect them to target a free agent corner.

Seattle Seahawks

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    SEATTLE - AUGUST 31:  Runningback Marquis Weeks #30 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against Nnamdi Asomugha #21 and Robert Thomas #58 of the Oakland Raiders on August 31, 2006 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    The Seahawks had a surprising good season, but could really use improvement on their defense. Having a shutdown corner will give the defense line and linebackers more time to hit the quarterback.

Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Wide receiver Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    The Cowboys are a possible landing spot for Prince Amukamara, and if they draft a first-round CB, they won’t be in the market. Jerry Jones isn't afraid to pay for talent, and signing Asomugha would free Dallas to fill other needs in the draft.

Denver Broncos

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 23:  Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos leaves the line of scrimmage against cornerback Nnamdi Asomgha #21 of the Oakland Raiders during week 12 NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 23, 2008 in Denve
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    The whole defense needs an overhaul. The Broncos need to decide how much longer Champ Bailey can be effective. Bailey is a free agent, so they must decide which would be better and/or if signing both is even a possibility. Two shutdown corners would certainly help the defensive line.

San Francisco 49ers

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 17:  Nnamdi Asomugha  #21 of the Oakland Raiders breaks up a pass intended for Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 17, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    The 49ers would benefit tremendously from gaining a shutdown corner like Asomugha. They are a possible landing spot for Patrick Peterson, the top CB in this draft, so it's unlikely they would both draft and sign an expensive free agent corner. 

St. Louis Rams

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Laurent Robinson #19 of the St. Louis Rams is tackled by Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    The Rams improved offensively last year. Now it's time for their defense to step up, and signing a shutdown corner should be high on the list. However, the price tag is likely to be to high, and I think the Rams will seek cheaper options. 

Chicago Bears

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders warms up before their game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 15, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    The Bears have to face Calvin Johnson and Greg Jennings twice a year. The secondary was a weak spot for the Bears in 2010, and getting a CB who can neutralize elite wide receivers is a must if the Bears want to contend in the NFC North. 

Cleveland Browns

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    CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 12:  Wide receiver Dennis Northcutt #86 of the Cleveland Browns is tackled by Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter on October 12, 2003 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated t
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    This would be a luxury signing for the Browns. They have lots of other holes to fill and have a solid young corner in Joe Haden. Asomugha could provide veteran leadership for the defense and could also help mentor Haden, which would both be pluses for the Browns.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Dantrell Savage #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball against Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/
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    The Chiefs need to improve the back seven this year. Signing Asomugha would be a great start. He would also provide veteran leadership to the secondary and defense as a whole, which will probably be needed after the free agents who are likely to leave KC.

Cincinnati Bengals

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    CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 10:  Chad Johnson #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a pass against Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter on December 10, 2006 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Gett
    David Maxwell/Getty Images

    How the Bengals address their QB issue will determine what else they do in free agency. It's quite probable the Bengals will decide to spend their cash on getting a QB and DL. I wouldn't rule out Asomugha, as adding him with give the Bengals one of the better CB tandems in their division. 

Carolina Panthers

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    OAKLAND - NOVEMBER 9:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers carries the ball against Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 9, 2008 in Oakland, California. (Photo by: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Ima
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    The Panthers have tons of holes on both offense and defense. Because they have so many holes, it's unlikely they will target Asomugha even though he would help their secondary and defense tremendously. I think they’ll use their cash to try and upgrade multiple positions.

New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11:  Wide receiver Justin McCareins #81 of the New York Jets catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders on December 11, 2005 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherf
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    The Jets already have three very good corners on their roster. However, you can never write off the Jets. Signing Asomugha would give the Jets two of the three best corners in the NFL. If they decide they want him, expect to see Antonio Cromartie dealt for picks or possibly some receiving help.

Detroit Lions

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the field against the Detroit Lions during an NFL game on September 9, 2007 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California. Stanford Routt;George Foster The Lions won 36-21. (Pho
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    The secondary and linebackers are the big needs in Detroit this offseason. Ideally for Detroit they are able to get a solid CB in the draft either at 13 or trading back. If they end up addressing LB in the draft, then I would expect Detroit to sign a starting caliber corner. Mayhew and company are willing to sign vets, and adding Asomugha would certainly boost Detroit’s chances of competing for a playoff spot. 

Where He Lands

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders sits on the bench against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    Nnamdi Asomugha will help whichever team signs him. The labor unrest has caused teams to wait and may cost players like Asomugha some cash. Also, teams are having to draft before bidding on free agents. The draft will impact the fate of a lot of free agents. It's possible the Raiders could still re-sign him, but I think it's unlikely.  I think Nnamdi Asomugha ends up in Washington.