2011 NFL Free Agency: Nnamdi Asomugha and the Top 5 Free Agents Still Available

Eddie WaltersAnalyst IIJuly 29, 2011

2011 NFL Free Agency: Nnamdi Asomugha and the Top 5 Free Agents Still Available

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    In what has been one of the more crazy NFL free agent frenzies ever the past week, their are still some great names avaiable on the market—including Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha and these five players.

    One of the biggest surprises of the past week has been the splash that the New England Patriots have made the past two days, signing receiver Chad Ocho-Cino, and defensive end Albert Hanesworth.

    Other big names that will have a new stadium to call home in 2011 include Sidney Rice who signed with the Seatle Seahawks, Reggie Bush who is taking his talents to South Beach and Kevin Kolb who will be throwing the ball to Larry Fitzgerald all year.

    All in all, it has been an exciting year for free agency in the NFL—but their is still plenty of more moves out there that will just add to the frenzy of this years free agency class.   

5. Braylon Edwards

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    2010 Stats: 904 yards, 7 touchdowns, 17.1 yards per catch. 

    Randy Moss, Plaxico Burress and Braylon Edwards are all available marque names at the receiver position, but I would pick Edwards out of the three. 

    Edwards is coming off back-to-back solid seasons, and though he may seem to underachieve at times—he's a legitimate downfield threat. 

    With the Jets giving receiver Santonio Holmes 50 million dollars the Jets are strapped for cash. Throw in the possible signing of Nnamdi Asomugha and the Jets' have no cash to sign Braylon Edwards. 

    Edwards would be a great fit in Minnesota with the departure of Sidney Rice and the arrival of Donovan McNabb. The Rams would also be a good fit for Edwards, an up and coming team whose main positional need is receiver—enter Braylon Edwards. 

4. Antonio Cromartie

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    2010 Stats: 42 tackles, three interceptions, 17 pass deflections.

    With Jonathan Joseph moving on from Cincinnati to now player for the Texans, Antonio Cromartie is the best corner available not named Nnamdi Asomugha.

    Cromartie wants to test the open market, and he has made it clear is is not giving any "home town discounts," he wants to get paid simply put.

    If the Jets are to sign Nnamdi Asomugha, Cromartie would be a lock to be moving on from New York—and he would be high on the wish list of many teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders come to mind.   

3. Cullen Jenkins

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    2010 Stats: 18 tackles, 7 sacks (11 games played)

    Cullen Jenkins came into the league an undrafted free-agent back in 2004, and has since become a defensive impact player for the Green Bay Packers—helping them win a super bowl last season. 

    Albert Haynesworth may have stolen the spotlight this week with him signing to New England, but I would be more excited to see where the more productive Cullen Jenkins ends up. 

    Washington and Dallas appear to be in a bidding war for the services of the 6'2'', 305 pound defensive end who will be a game changer wherever he ends up. 

2. Ahmad Bradshaw

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    2010 Stats: 1,235 yards, 8 touchdowns, 4.5 average.

    Ahmad Bradshaw seems to be overlooked when discussing available free agents, but he broke out last season and at only 25 years of age—his best days are ahead of him.

    The New York Giants don't want to lose Bradshaw, and it appears they will do whatever they can do attain the young running back and sign him to a long-term deal. It was even reported by sportingnews.com that the Giants are trying to see if running-back Brandon Jacobs will re-structure his contract to help make room for Bradshaw—good luck with that New York.  

1. Nnamdi Asomugha

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    2010 Stats: 19 tackles, 6 pass deflections, 0 interceptions

    No, his stats aren't great, but when teams don't even look to your side of the field, how could they be?

    Asomugha is the best shutdown corner in the NFL, and he is by far the most prized player in of all the 2011 free agents.

    Asomugha has been rumored by espn.com, among other sites, to be in serious talks with the New York Jets right now. If he was to land in New York and become a Jet alongside Darrell Revis, they would not only for the best corner duo in the NFL, but they would likely be the best pairing in NFL history.

    Rex Ryan already loves to blitz. Imagine what he would do if this deal goes through.