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