NFL Trade Rumors: Why the Dallas Cowboys Need Nnamdi Asomugha

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIJuly 9, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 29:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders is introduced against the New Orleans Saints during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 29, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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I know, I know, the lockout is still on but not even that can stop the mighty NFL free agency rumor mill. Oakland Raiders' cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha looks to be one of the biggest names in this offseason's free agency pool and when there's big names in play, the Dallas Cowboys can never be written off as a potential buyer.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones enjoys getting his team in the spotlight, and the fact is that his famous franchise is in need of improving their defensive secondary whenever free agency begins. Sports Illustrated's own Peter King discussed some of the possible landing spots for the shutdown Raider corner, specifically discussing the Dallas Cowboys and their division rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Both teams are in need of taking their secondary to the next level if they have thoughts of playing in Indianapolis come February. King discussed that this wouldn't be the first time Dallas threw big money around for a shutdown defensive back, referencing the Cowboys signing of Deion Sanders back in 1995.

Just like in 1995, this Cowboys team has many pieces in place on the offensive end for a deep playoff run with a healthy (and rested) Tony Romo under center to captain the ship. Big D and their faithful know that upgrades need to be made in the secondary and adding Asomugha to a defense with DeMarcus Ware, Keith Brooking and Jay Ratliff provides stability within the secondary and on the line.

King also brought to light the interesting fact that despite the stereotype that the 'Boys are always flirting with being close to over the salary cap, as of right now DeMarcus Ware and Tony Romo are the only players taking big-time figures out of Jerry Jones' bank account.

The Eagles certainly need Asomugha more than the Cowboys do looking at their current secondary situation, and plenty of other teams will throw their name into the sweepstakes. The Cowboys have cap space, a stadium that puts the Roman Colosseum to shame and the team is primed to take the NFC East crown. 

The free agency period will be more hectic and rumor filled than ever this offseason due to the lockout, but the Cowboys have the money to make some big name signings, which they hope will include convincing Asomugha to trade in the silver and black for silver and blue.