Should the Baltimore Ravens Reach Out to Oakland for Nnamdi Asomugha?

Old AccountSenior Writer IFebruary 26, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Ravens have begun their busy offseason spurred in rumors with some of the top receivers and corner backs in all of football.

Brandon Marshall and Anquan Boldin have been linked to the Ravens, a team in need of a go-to receiver for Joe Flacco.

In recent weeks, the name Antonio Cromartie of the Chargers has also been linked to the Ravens, who could use a true No. 1 defender alongside Dominique Foxworth.

With that in mind, the name Nnamdi Asomugha must appear. With the rumor mill heating up, it appears that the Raiders may actually consider trading arguably their best player away in Asomugha.

Asomugha has come onto the scene in the past few seasons, making a name for himself as one of the best cornerbacks in football.

Overshadowed due to his team, Nnamdi Asomugha will be talk of this offseason, especially assuming that Al Davis can pull any trick under his sleeve.

Thus, the Baltimore Ravens should take interest. Though receiver is the bigger need, I see free agency/draft as the likely destination for the upgrade, instead of trade.

The best option left to turn is for general manager Ozzie Newsome to inquire about Asomugha's availability. We saw the emergence of Dominique Foxworth toward the end of season.

However, I think Foxworth would be much better suited going up against a number two receivers, as the tools are not there to be a dominant corner.

What can the Ravens have available for trade? An interesting piece would be Ravens corner back Lardarius Webb. Ravens Nation fell in love with the late round rookie from last season, who sparked this secondary and showed good potential of being good in this league.

However, an ACL injury on special teams ended his rookie season.

The Raiders are going to want a replacement for Nnamdi if they will actually deal them. So Lardarius Webb would certainly be an interesting piece to the puzzle.

Obviously, it would be tough for the front office to give up a young prospect in Webb, but with Nnamdi being at the age of 28 years old, he has just begun entering his prime.

The Ravens can also entertain draft picks, which includes as early as the second round if possible. There are also some young, but raw prospects who may improve if they get more of an opportunity.

These two players are defensive end Paul Kruger and line backer Jameel McClain.

Both of these players have been liked by the Ravens, but with having success the past few seasons, veteran players have taken their place.

Though this may not be an exact deal that Al Davis would want, Ozzie Newsome should reach out to the front office.

There are not many opportunities to bring in a top defensive player, especially a corner back.

How would this help the Ravens for 2010? Bringing the defense we have come to know and love over the past decade.

A combination of Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Foxworth would be one of the better tandems in football. Not only that, but it opens up much more opportunities for the Ravens to blitz and put more pressure on the quarterback.

The main theme of this offseason is to begin building around Joe Flacco for the future.

However, not only would the acquisition of Nnamdi Asomugha benefit the purple and black for 2010, but in the long run of this franchise as well.

Matt Miselis is a Baltimore Ravens Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.


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