NFL Free Agency: 10 Possible Landing Spots for Nnamdi Asomugha

TCorrespondent IIIJune 6, 2011

NFL Free Agency: 10 Possible Landing Spots for Nnamdi Asomugha

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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)
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    When free agency begins, Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will be a hot commodity.

    Every team has room for a top-notch defensive back, but which teams can afford to sign a corner of Asomugha's caliber is another story entirely.

    Here are 10 possible landing spots for Asomugha when considering team needs, financial flexibility and other intangibles that make Asomugha a good fit.

Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Cornerback Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Dallas needs to make a big splash in free agency in the wake of a disappointing 2010.

    The Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks have had better runs recently than the beloved Cowboys.

    Asomugha would certainly be a headline-grabbing signing by Jerry Jones and Company.

    Also, having Asomugha opposite Mike Jenkins would make for a formidable duo in the defensive backfield.

    Don't sleep on Dallas making a move for Asomugha solely because of the nature of the beast that is Jerry Jones' ego.

Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 12:  DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins celebrates a fumble recovery against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at FedExField on December 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Buccaneers defeated the Redskins 17-16. (Photo by Larry
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    The same rationale for the Cowboys signing Asomugha goes for Washington.

    Washington fell flat after making the move for Donovan McNabb last offseason. 

    Owner Dan Snyder is known for making expensive free-agent signings for players past their prime.

    However, Asomugha still has a few productive years ahead of him.

    This would be one of the few smart moves Snyder would make as the brains behind the Redskins football operations.

Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Steve Smith #12 of the New York Giants  races down the sidelines as cornerback Kareem Jackson #25 pursues at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    The Texans were last in the NFL in pass defense.

    With a capable defensive front with the emerging Mario Williams, the defensive backfield needs a major upgrade.

    The Texans are very close to being a contender.

    The last piece of the puzzle is a formidable defense that is on par with their explosive offense.

Seattle Seahawks

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 16:  Kellen Davis #87 of the Chicago Bears flips over after making a catch against David Hawthorne #57 of the Seattle Seahawks in the third quarter of the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on January 16, 2011 in Chica
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    The Seahawks would be a long shot to sign Asomugha because Seattle is not a premier free-agent destination.

    However, their 27th-ranked pass defense could persuade the front office to open up the wallet for Asomugha.

    A free-agent signing like Asomugha would give credibility to a team that has languished in anonymity, like Seattle has in the poor NFC West.

New England Patriots

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    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 19:  Cornerback Kyle Arrington #27 of the New England Patriots evades wide receiver James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers to run the ball 36 yards and score a touchdown during the third quarter of the game at Gillette Stadium on
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    When you think New England, you think Tom Brady and three Super Bowl rings.

    However, when you think about the Patriots, you also think poor pass defense.

    Bill Belichick would love to add Asomugha to his arsenal on defense.

    Belichick would finally have the top-notch corner that he hasn't had since the days of Ty Law and Rodney Harrison.

    The rest of the league would be envious of New England, with their franchise quarterback and shutdown corner in Asomugha.

Baltimore Ravens

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 09:  Safety Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up prior to playing the Kansas City Chiefs in their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger
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    Baltimore's defense isn't getting any younger.

    At 30, Asomugha still has at the most three or four years left of playing at a high level.

    Safety Ed Reed needs help to ease the burden of covering more field than he can at his advanced age.

    Asomugha would put this contender over the top to become a bonafide Super Bowl contender.

Detroit Lions

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 10: Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a fourth quarter interception against the St. Louis Rams on October 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 44-6. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    The Lions have fortified their defensive front with Ndamukong Suh and 2011 first-round pick Nick Fairley. 

    What is missing from the rejuvenated Lions defense is a shutdown corner.

    Detroit, like Seattle, is not an attractive destination for free agents.

    What would draw Asomugha to Detroit would be the new attitude towards building a stronger, talented team that has come about in the past few years.

Denver Broncos

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 05:  Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos during warm-ups prior to the start of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 5, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Champ Bailey is getting old, period.

    New head coach John Fox needs to rebuild a defense that was near the bottom in every category.

    Depending on what Asomugha's mindset is, he could find Denver attractive due to the prospect of staying in the AFC West to take on his former team twice a year.

Cleveland Browns

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 05:  Defensive back Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates intercepting the ball against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  Cleveland defeated Miami 13-10. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty
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    Joe Haden needs a mentor in his development as a shutdown corner.

    Sheldon Brown is currently on the roster in Cleveland, but Asomugha would tutor Haden in the finer points of coverage.

    Haden is a ballhawk, as his stats have indicated in his rookie campaign.

    Asomugha could take Haden under his wing in order for the rookie to become a complete corner.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on December 28, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    A duo of Asante Samuel and Asomugha would be deadly.

    Samuel is known to shy away from contact and tight coverage.

    Asomugha would pick up the slack for Samuel's instinct to go for the ball before the receiver.

    Philadelphia is the prime location for Asomugha to land in 2011.

    With the addition of Asomugha, the Eagles defense would improve dramatically, bolstering their bid for the Super Bowl.