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Could the NFL Lockout Be a Blessing for the Oakland Raiders and Nnamdi Asomugha?

Will the NFL lockout benefit the Oakland Raiders by keeping Asomugha in Silver and Black?
Will the NFL lockout benefit the Oakland Raiders by keeping Asomugha in Silver and Black?Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
RaiderusMaxAnalyst IIMay 18, 2011

Nnamdi Asomugha, the best cornerback in the NFL. Every NFL team is aware that Asomugha voided his contract in Oakland when he was injured and missed two games causing him to fall short of his incentives. Similar to sharks in the seas,  a drop of talent hits the NFL waters then most NFL teams began swimming towards the star CB hoping to lure him into a new contract.

Nnamdi Asomugha is going to be hit with a lot of offers should the lockout end soon, however, it appears the lockout may last a bit longer. Will this benefit the Silver and Black and help the team retain Asomugha and restructure a new long-term contract for him?

Nnamdi Asomugha will not be going to any teams since the NFL has been in a lockout. The 8th Circuit Court announced May 17th, that the NFL can continue its lockout until a final judgement is made and that will not be until June 3 in St. Louis.

So how does this benefit the Oakland Raiders and owner Al Davis? Primarily, it gives owner Al Davis time to review his resources to make match any offers that come Asomughas way. Al Davis used his franchise tag on defensive lineman Kamerion Wimbley. He also resigned defensive captain Richard Seymour, insuring that the Oakland Raider defensive front remain intact.

Considering the above, Nnamdi Asomugha is also in search of a Superbowl ring, what better time to be an Oakland Raider!

The Oakland Raiders were only a few games (mistakes) short of making the playoffs and possibly winning a Superbowl last season. The team is filled with young, hungry players that have played well. Two examples are WR Jacoby Ford and MLB Rolando McClain. With head coach Hue Jackson heading the team, there should be minimal mistakes. Hue  opened the running game and Asomugha is a key player for the Silver and Black. What better way to keep  the team winning than to hold onto a true shut down corner.

These factors will only help Asomugha want to stay with the Oakland Raiders. Nnamdi has been around the Oakland Raiders for nine season. In that time he has seen rock bottom, but he has also seen the team make a 360 degree turn around as former head coach Tom Cable was able to get the team back into competition and get a perfect 6-0 record against its AFC West rivals. 

Al Davis has been working towards the success of the Oakland Raiders and keeping Nnamdi Asomugha has to be priority number one. For millions of Oakland Raiders fans its a huge must. Many fans are reminiscent of another CB that has played at Pro Bowl levels but released due to his "turf toe" and that was former Raider Charles Woodson.

The Oakland Raiders will more than likely match any offers and the lockout continues to help keep Asomugha on the Raider roster and this is excellent news for the Raiders however, many are still in suspense trying to figure out, will we lose our best player or will Al Davis match offers when the time comes. I would bet, the previous.Davis will match.

Go Oakland Raiders! 

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