Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha Getting What He Deserves

Carl CockerhamSenior Analyst IJune 16, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots runs against Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game on December 14, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Nnamdi Asomugha is finally getting what he deserves. While Derelle Revis is faking injuries to get more money, Asomugha looks forward to it.

Is it the $15 million plus he's scheduled to make this season I'm talking about?


Asomugha does deserve to be the highest paid corner in the game. However, it's the pieces that Raiders have put  around him that he deserves the most.

The Raiders addressed their need for a better offensive line in the draft. Third rounder Jared Veldheer and fourth rounder Bruce Campell will at least provide much-needed depth right away. 

The biggest move for the offense is the trade for Jason Campbell. Campbell is a big armed quarterback with accuracy. He also cares. The Campbell trade would ultimately lead to the release of JaMarcus Russell.

This means the Raiders offense should be able to move the chains and let the defense get a rest. Asomugha could use the rest as he plays man coverage almost every snap.

After four years of being the league's best corner, Asomugha should also get help from his own defensive unit. In both personnel and scheme, help seems to have arrived.

In the first round of the draft, the Raiders brought in Butkus Award-winning middle linebacker Rolando McClian to help the stop the run. The Raiders then followed suit in the second round with the pick of DE\DT Lamarr Houston.

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The Raiders put the finishing touches on their run defense with the recent  acquisition of defensive tackle John Henderson. These moves should mean that opposing offenses will have to pass more.

Chris Johnson is solid at corner on the other side of Asomugha. Michael Huff seems to have broken through as a free safety, with three picks last year.

The Raiders are already high on defensive end Matt Shaughnessy and DE/OLB Trevor Scott. The two combined for 11 sacks in limited duty.

However, Al Davis seems to have given defensive coordinator John Marshall some leeway to run his elephant hybrid scheme. He used it to help Seattle reach the Super Bowl.  

He also showed that it still works in a game last season against the Philadelphia Eagles. Then-Eagle quarterback Donovan McNabb was harassed and sacked six times.

The Raiders kept the second-highest scoring team in the league at the time out of the endzone. The result was a 13-9 win for the Raiders.

Al must be a believer in his defense now. Why else would he go out and get Marshall? The DE/OLB hybrids to make this system work. 

Pass rushing outside linebacker Kameron Wimbley was  acquired via trade. The former first rounder's numbers did drop the last couple of years, but he did put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. He also showed improvement as an all-around linebacker.

Quenton Groves was also brought in from Jacksonville. He was a disappointment in Jacksonville, but he is the DE/OLB hybrid that fits Marshall's scheme.

It will be exciting to see these guys standing up on the same side as Scott as ends. Opposing linemen will have to figure out who's coming. It might be both.

Third downs will also see Richard Seymour kick in at defensive tackle to provide pass rush up the middle. The pressure may force the quarterback into the mistake of throwing the ball to Asomugha's side.

Asomugha is the only player outside of the kickers to display the Raiders' "Commitment to Excellence" saying since 2003. It wasn't until 2009 that the Raiders got Seymour, who is the defensive line version of him.

He now seems to have that commitment in return from the team to go along with his millions.

Good for you Nnamdi!

You deserve it!

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