NFL Free Agency: The 6 Most Likely Landing Spots for Nnamdi Asomugha
The NFL lockout is set to end soon, and when it does, a mad frenzy will ensue.
The frenzy will be the NFL free agency period.
Teams will be racing to sign players to fill out their rosters in order to get them into camp before the season starts.
The top free agent this offseason is Nnamdi Asomugha, and whichever team lands him will have a lock down corner for years to come.
Nnamdi Asomugha is the type of player that can put a team over the top and be the final addition to a team that is a Super Bowl contender.
6. Oakland Raiders
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While it may seem like re-signing with the Oakland Raiders would be a bad move for Nnamdi Asomugha, it really would not.
Nnamdi Asomugha could come back on a new deal and stay in California, the state he was born in and the state he loves. Nnamdi Asomugha has never had a problem with playing in Oakland and even has enjoyed being a Raider.
Many feel Nnamdi should sign with a contending team to try and win, but as funny as it may sound, the Raiders aren't far from being a good team.
The Raiders have put together a few decent seasons in a row and look to be getting closer and closer to making a playoff run.
Nnamdi also has a great relationship with Raiders owner Al Davis and his loyal personality could easily keep him in the silver and black.
5. Dallas Cowboys
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While recent speculation has indicated that the Dallas Cowboys are not high on the list of landing spots for Nnamdi Asomugha, I still feel Jerry Jones is willing to do whatever it takes to make his team better.
Jerry Jones has a long history of landing big names in the offseason and during free agency, and I think that should be taken into account. The Cowboys could offer Nnamdi the largest, most lucrative contract, and sometimes that's all it takes.
Nnamdi Asomugha doesn't seem like a guy who cares about the money, but when a massive contract is thrown in front of your face, it can be hard to turn it down.
The Cowboys also have a lot of talent and seem to be very close to Super Bowl contention every year, so it's not like Asomugha would be taking the most money and rotting away in Siberia; he would be chasing Super Bowls.
4. Detroit Lions
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The Detroit Lions are this year's "sexy pick" and everyone seems to be jumping on their bandwagon as playoff contenders.
The Lions have a young team and a defensive line that looks like it is going to dominate for the next 10 years.
They also have a few nice offensive pieces, and if quarterback Matthew Stafford can stay healthy, they should have a successful season.
All that makes them an intriguing option for Nnamdi Asomugha to look at.
If Asomugha signed with the Lions, their defense would become one of the best in the league and they would instantly become playoff contenders.
The Lions have money to spend and could be willing to pay a lot for the shut-down corner.
3. Philadelphia Eagles
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If Nnamdi Asomugha joined the Eagles, he could play alongside Asante Samuel and create one of the best corner combinations in the NFL.
If Asomugha is most interested in winning, the Eagles are one of his best options. While he might have to take a money cut, money certainly can't buy Super Bowls.
2. Houston Texans
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The Houston Texans are in dire need of defensive help and Nnamdi Asomugha could be the player that pushes them over the top.
It seems every offseason the Texans are set up to make a playoff run but end up going 8-8.
The Texans have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL, and if they can play even mediocre defense, they should be able to win their division.
The prospect of Nnamdi Asomugha going to Houston would be huge for the Texan defense because he could lock down one side of the field and allow the Texans to blitz more in their new 3-4 defense.
If Nnamdi Asomugha lands in Houston, they would be my pick to win that division and maybe even go deep into the playoffs.
1. Green Bay Packers
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As a Chicago Bears fan, this is my worst nightmare.
It's bad enough that the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl last year, but if they came away from free agency with the best player and another elite defender to add to their defense, I would cry.
All bias aside, the Packers are the best fit for Nnamdi Asomugha.
Asomugha could join an already elite defense and Super Bowl winner, and while it is very difficult to repeat as champions in the NFL, the Packers plus Asomugha could do it.
Asomugha playing in Green Bay would mean pairing the best cover corner in the league with the best overall corner in the league (Charles Woodson) and increasing Jay Cutler's interception totals next season by at least 10.
The one down side for Asomugha to joining Green Bay is the pay cut he would have to take. Nonetheless, creating an all-time great defense and winning Super Bowls would be well worth losing some money.