NFL Free Agency: 10 Possible Landing Spots for Nnamdi Asomugha
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.