No reason was given. Thursday, the 49ers, having released Nate Clements, had been reported to be in hot and heavy for the services of the former Raiders cornerback. Indeed, the proposition seemed enticing in that Asomugha, perhaps the premier cover corner in the game, would go a long ways to patch up a leaky secondary as well as give 49ers fans reason to believe that ownership and the front office are working hard to improve the team.
Friday, that disappeared, an emotional deflation on par with finding no presents under the Christmas tree. Moreover, other top-name corners like Ike Taylor and Johnathan Joseph have signed new contracts, reducing the number of prospects the Niners could have had.
On top of this news came the report that Michael Crabtree will miss four-to-six weeks due to a foot injury, which he incurred during informal workouts over the summer. It’s the same foot on which surgery was performed prior to the 2009 NFL Draft. It also marks the third-straight whiff on training camp sessions for the former Texas Tech wideout.
It may seem like a very long reach to connect a foot to a premier player’s decision to stay in the Bay Area, forsaking offers from the likes of Houston, New York Jets and now, it is reported, the Dallas Cowboys. (Excuse me: 49er fans want that rephrased as the hated Dallas Cowboys.)
Truth be told, Crabtree’s injury did not cause Nnamdi and his agent Ben Dogra to pull out of negotiations with the 49ers. But here are four reasons why that news and other issues persuaded the former Cal defensive star to look elsewhere to ply his trade.