NFL Free Agency: Houston Texans and 4 Teams Nnamdi Asomugha Won't Play For

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIMay 27, 2011

NFL Free Agency: Houston Texans and 4 Teams Nnamdi Asomugha Won't Play For

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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)
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    The NFL's ultimate CB, Nnamdi Asomugha, is hitting the free-agent market.

    Asomugha is the true definition of a shutdown corner and would do wonders for any defense. With his great coverage skills, teams tend to shy away from Asomugha's side of the field.

    In fact, he was targeted fewer than 30 times last year.

    That being said, fans believe that Asomugha is their respective team's target in free agency.

    Here are five teams Asomugha is linked to that will not sign him.

Houston Texans

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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Andre Johnson #80 of Houston Texans scores a touchdown while defeded by Aaron Francisco #43 of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    The Texans had the worst secondary in football last season. With young corners like Kareem Jackson and Glover Quinn, the Texans felt there was a need to upgrade. Thus in the draft, they selected Brandon Harris in the second and Rashad Carmichael. The Texans, though, need a veteran mainstay at corner.

    Star wide receiver Andre Johnson has lobbied for Asomugha, according to John McClain of The Houston Chronicle.

    However, the Chronicle also noted that with many teams, including Super Bowl contenders, bidding for Asomugha's services, the Pro Bowl cornerback may not want to go to a team coming off a disappointing 6-10 season.

    Whoever signs Asomugha will overbid, but the Texans are expected to drop out of the sweepstakes if the price is too high.

Washington Redskins

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    HONOLULU - JANUARY 30:  DeAngelo Hall, #23 of the Washington Redskins chases a loose ball during the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl against the American Football Conference (AFC) at Aloha Stadium on January 30, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty
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    Asomugha wants to play for a contender and the Redskins, led by John Beck, will certainly not come close to making the playoffs.

    Multiple media outlets, most notably ESPN's Adam Schefter, reported that Asomugha was expected to land in the NFC East, but it makes little sense for him to sign with the 'Skins, who are a mess offensively and will not compete with the three other NFC East powerhouses.

New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets defends against Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots during their  game on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al
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    I think every New York Jet fan salivates at the thought of pairing Asomugha with All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis.

    That is just a pipe dream though; the Jets have multiple free agents they need to pay, including star receivers Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards.

    Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reported that it would be a "long shot" if the Jets pursue Asomugha in free agency.

    With Antonio Cromartie being the cheaper option, look for the Jets to re-sign him and take a pass on Asomugha.

Green Bay Packers

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Tramon Williams #38 and Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers warm up before taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Get
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    The Packers have arguably the best depth at corner in the league with potential Pro Bowlers like Tramon Williams and Sam Shields and the crafty veteran Charles Woodson.

    With such depth at corner, the Packers, who have never spent much in free agency, will not make a push for Asomugha no matter how much Woodson wants to see his old buddy playing with him.

    reported that it made "zero sense" for the Packers to pursue Asomugha. He went on to say:

    "Just not a smart fit. Super Bowl winners have to pay too many people already on the team, nevermind an $18-million-a-year (approximately) import. And with Charles Woodson recovering well from his Super Bowl broken collarbone and rising star Tramon Williams and free-agent revelation Sam Shields, young and already accomplished, Asomugha to Green Bay makes zero sense."

Oakland Raiders

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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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    So the Raiders re-sign Stanford Routt to a three-year, $31 million deal and select two corners in the draft and yet some fans still believe he will re-sign with the team?

    The Raiders could be a contender next year, but they gave out huge contracts to Routt and Richard Seymour.

    Can and will they really give out a probably $13 million to $15 million a year contract to Asomugha?

    I think the Raiders hinted they did not think they could re-sign Asomugha by drafting two corners (DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa) and giving out a contract Routt.

Who Will He Play for Then?

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his last minute interception that clinched their victory against the Indianapolis Colts with teammates DeSean Jackson #10 and Jorrick Calvin #38 on November 7, 2010 at Li
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    Like most others, I expect Asomguha to land in the NFC East.

    The Eagles and Cowboys bypassed drafting corners high and have needs at the position and both would not like to see other team sporting Asomugha at corner.

    A sleeper team in the whole sweepstakes though could be the Detroit Lions, who are one or two players away on defense to becoming serious contenders.