Houston Texans: Are Fans Too Picky Regarding Nnamdi Asomugha?
The offseason for the NFL is a desert for its fans. Football is the most popular sport in America by far these days, and the passionate followers of said sport crave news and rumors to peruse and discuss year-round. This is why entities such as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and the NFL Network exist.
Despite what people disgruntled about the work stoppage would lead you to believe, there is a painful lack of NFL news in the three months after the draft until the start of training camp. The lockout, ironically, has probably created more national coverage for the NFL this summer than in prior offseasons.
Usually this barren news period is filled with the same stale conversations until camp convenes. The wrinkle this year has been the atypical offseason has not had a free agency period yet. While this may not provide any actual transactions, it provides a subject for speculation and rumors.
For the Houston Texans, one name has been the center of attention: Nnamdi Asomugha. The lockdown corner is by far the prize of this free agent class, and his talents just so happen to be at a position the Texans proved historically inept at last season.
Just by including the name of this former defensive back for the Raiders in this article, I probably lost a great deal of readers. People long ago made a determination of whether the Texans signing Asomugha is realistic and/or wise, and most avid fans are sick of discussing this offseason’s most popular topic.
I’ve already weighed in how I feel about signing Asomugha. While I don’t think the Texans will land him, I do think if they happened to outbid other teams—which would take a king’s ransom—he would be worth overpaying for. This article will not be a regurgitation of the same argument.
Recently, though, there was a report from NFL Network's Jason La Canfora that the Texans would pursue Asomugha once the lockout was over. While this was not a revelation to Texans fans who were convinced long ago this would happen, it did stir up feelings on the issue again and subsequently showed a phenomenon I find perplexing.
There are numerous Texans fans that are against signing the corner, and their reasoning is simple and sound. If the Texans pay the huge price to get Asomugha to Houston they will have virtually no cap room left to sign a much-needed veteran safety to pair alongside Glover Quin.
I tend to believe signing a true lockdown corner would be worth starting someone like Troy Nolan or a journeyman safety, but I can see the logic of the contradicting argument. What I do find foolish, however, is that some in this camp are so vehement in their belief they would seemingly be upset if the Texans were to sign Nnamdi Asomugha.
Every die-hard follower of a team has opinions on how the team should be run. Everyone likes to play armchair general manager. Moreover, it pains passionate supporters to see their team make a decision they think is bad for their favorite team.
The notion though, that some would grimace at or even extol the foolishness of signing such a high-caliber player that fits such a glaring need baffles me. It starts to make me think that we as a fan base might be a little too hard to please.
As Matt Bowen of the National Football Post pointed out, Wade Phillips' defense is predicated on pressure that requires a lot of man coverage, often with no safety help. So signing one of the two best man-cover corners in the league would be reason to be…upset?
I understand the Texans have historically neglected the safety position, and that while Quin might be better suited at safety, this will be his first year at the position. Both are great reasons to target Eric Weddle or Dawan Landry along with a tier two corner.
Neither of those reasons or any other variation of the same argument are enough to justify being upset about signing a potential Hall of Fame player.
I expect the Texans to make an initial offer to Asomugha but eventually get out-bid. I just don’t see them handing out the richest contract given to a defensive player this year. If by some chance it happened though, I think the last emotion anyone should feel is disappointment.
Do you feel differently? If you would legitimately be upset with the potential signing of Asomugha, let me know why either in the comments or on Twitter (@JakeBRB).
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