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Nnamdi Asomugha: Why the Cornerback Will Not Play for the Houston Texans in 2011

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the sidelines during the closing minutes of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Aaron YoungCorrespondent IIIJuly 28, 2011

It is remarkable how well the Houston Texans fared in 2010 despite having the worst pass defense in the NFL. The National Football League has become too much of a passing league for any team to have success with a lackluster pass defense.

Over the last few seasons, the Texans has been considered contenders, and many people are puzzled by the fact that the team is yet to get into the playoffs.

Improving the secondary would go a long way in preparing for a playoff run. However, the organization did not emphasize the secondary in the 2011 NFL Draft, and there is a lack of good cornerbacks available in free agency.

Nnamdi Asomugha is not only the top cornerback in this year’s free agency. He is also the very best player available through free agency.

Unfortunately, he will not end up playing for the Houston Texans.

Asomugha is currently 30 years old, and it is safe to say that he is entering the last stage of his career. It is likely that whichever club that acquires him this season will be last team to enjoy the extremely gifted cornerback’s prime.

The cornerback has played his entire career so far for the Oakland Raiders. Although the fans are very passionate in Oakland and the fact that Asomugha has been the team and its fanbase’s crown jewel ever since he was drafted, Nnamdi hasn’t been fully pleased.

He understands that his legacy will not only be judged by his talents alone—it will also be based on wins.

Victories have been rare, few and far between for the Raiders, and if Asomugha wants to win he has to win now.

It comes with the job to know that it’s not your No.1 cornerback that shores up your secondary. It’s your No.3 and No.4 cornerbacks that will dramatically improve or weaken the team’s secondary, because there are so many good wide receivers in the NFL.

Considering that acquiring Asomugha would not be enough to shore up the Texans’ secondary, the team is apparently not ready to be a contender at this point in time.

That’s why Asomugha will not end up playing for the Texans. He needs to win now, and there are other teams interested in his services that offers him a lot better chance to do just that.

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