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NFL Free Agency: Latest Nnamdi Asomugha Rumors and Speculation

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIMay 20, 2011

NFL Free Agency: Latest Nnamdi Asomugha Rumors and Speculation

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates an interception against the Denver Broncos at McAfee Coliseum on November 12, 2006 in Oakland, California. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 17-13. (Photo by Jed J
    Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    It's not Sidney Rice, DeAngelo Williams, or LaMarr Woodley.

    Rather, Nnamdi Asomugha is the best free-agent-to-be on the potential market.

    Asomugha has been a shutdown corner in Oakland for a long time, closing off half of the field and garnering major respect as one of the best at his craft.

    Now, here are the top five rumors that have been circulating about Asomugha over the last two weeks or so.

Asomugha Doesn't Want to Go to the Texans

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 3:  Defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders breaks up a pass to wide receiver Kevin Walter #83 of the Houston Texans during an NFL football game October 3, 2010 at The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Cal
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    Here is the rumor that says that Asomugha doesn't have much interest in being a Texan.

    Asomugha and the Texans have often been mentioned in the same breath this offseason, as the two parties would be a great fit.

    The Texans need a true No. 1 cornerback, and Nnamdi wants to win...now.

    However, in Asomugha's situation, the cornerback can go wherever he wants—Houston may not be that place, unfortunately enough for the Texans.

Tampa Bay Is Considering Making a Run at Asomugha

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders sits on the bench 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 Shaw/Ge
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Here is the rumor that says the Buccaneers may take a shot at Asomugha.

    After a trivial situation going on with Aqib Talib, the Buccaneers may need a bit of help in the secondary, and who better than Nnamdi Asomugha to give the Bucs a boost?

    Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik would be overjoyed to bring in a technician like Asomugha to get the job done as a defensive back.

    With their first two draft picks dedicated to linemen, the Buccaneers didn't secure a defensive back who can immediately contribute, and Asomugha would more than fill that void.

The Jets May Be Interested in Asomugha, but Wouldn't Have the Money to Do It

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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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    Here is the rumor that says the Jets may not have the funding to make an Asomugha run.

    Asomugha and Darrelle Revis would make an absolutely sick combination, and would allow Rex Ryan to draw up scary blitzes of 7-8 men in the box on almost every play.

    Having Asomugha would be franchise-changing, certainly, but with Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Shaun Ellis, Brad Smith, and Antonio Cromartie up for free agency, the Jets may not have the funding to make Asomugha-to-the-Jets feasible.

    It is a nice thought, though.

The NFC East Is Very Interested in Asomugha

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants attempts a catch against Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders on October 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Raiders 44-7.  (Ph
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Here is the rumor that says the NFC East is, for the most part, very interested in Nnamdi Asomugha.

    The NFC East is becoming more and more of a passing division, with the Giants, Eagles, and Cowboys all having very capable quarterbacks at the helm.

    The Cowboys, Eagles, and Redskins are all reportedly interested in making a run for Asomugha, which would do wonders for each of their secondaries.

    With the division featuring three of the best passing offenses in the conference, Asomugha would be a good fit on any of the teams.

Lions Looking at Asomugha, Ready to Make a Big Run

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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

    Here is the rumor that says the Lions are reportedly going to make a big run at Nnamdi Asomugha in the upcoming offseason.

    The Lions were expected to nab a cornerback in the early rounds of the draft this year, but instead opted for value picks like Nick Fairley, Titus Young, and Mikel Leshoure.

    With a glaring need in the secondary, the Lions would put themselves in serious playoff contention if the team acquired Nnamdi Asomugha.

    All signs point to the team being ready to make a huge run at Nnamdi, but it's doubtful the corner would want to join a team that isn't a proven winner already.

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