NFL Trade Speculation: Dallas Cowboys and the Top 10 Suitors for Nnamdi Asomugha

Constantine MadiasCorrespondent IMarch 28, 2011

NFL Trade Speculation: Dallas Cowboys and the Top 10 Suitors for Nnamdi Asomugha

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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 05:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 the Oakland Raiders looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 28-13.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Ge
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    Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is looking for a new home. He may not want to be in Oakland any longer.

    As one of the top coverage men in the league, Asomugha's services are wanted by several rising/contending NFL teams. The Cowboys could use a Pro-Bowl cornerback to stabilize their inconsistent and penalty-plagued secondary, while the Ravens are old and worn down.

    It's almost certain that Asomugha will have a new team, but with his great play comes a hefty price tag. He's worth a humungous contract.

    Which teams will be approaching him with contract offers? Let's take a look...

10. Indianapolis Colts

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets makes an 18-yard reception in the final minute of the fourth quarter against Jacob Lacey #27 of the Indianapolis Colts during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadi
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    Bill Polian probably won't ever sign a top free agent, but the Colts get a flier for Asomugha because their secondary is terrible.

    The team recently released Bob Sanders, but the cornerbacks are the main concern. Young, injured and inexperienced, the trio of Jerraud Powers, Jacob Lacey and Kelvin Hayden didn't impress in 2010.

    The Indianapolis front office has been notorious for letting key secondary players go, including Marlin Jackson and Nick Harper. 

    Having Asomugha would really boost this team, but the Colts pick late in the first round and need an offensive lineman anyways. They won't be able to get a top cornerback late in the round.

9. New York Jets

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets reacts during their 19 to 24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez
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    The Jets are a team loaded with egos and swagger, but maybe Asomugha could teach this team to eat some humble pie.

    The chances of Asomugha landing in New York aren't likely because the Jets have to consider re-signing Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Antonio Cromartie. Star cornerback Darrelle Revis recently signed a long-term lucrative contract, too.

    If the Jets were to get Asomugha, Cromartie wouldn't be back. Signing Cromartie and trading him to the Raiders along with some draft picks might work though.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers won 24-19. (Photo by Nick Laham/G
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    Pittsburgh's cornerbacks are the glaring weaknesses of the team. Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden are longtime Steelers, but they're aging fast.

    Asomugha would solidify Pittsburgh as the best defense in the league with both Troy Polamalu and Nnamdi Asomugha in the secondary.

    It's not like the Steelers to make trades, as they keep a very tight-knit group. If they're willing to pass on the opportunity of getting Mike Pouncey in the draft, there's a small chance Asomugha can come to the Steelers in a sign-and-trade. Don't count on it though.

7. Detroit Lions

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 03: Alphonso Smith #27 of the Detroit Lions takes the ball away from Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers for an interception at Lambeau Field on October 3, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 28-26.
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    Of course, most people are thinking "why would Asomugha want to play in Detroit?"

    This team won't be a playoff team in 2011, but they are a couple key defenders away from seriously competing in the NFC North.

    Not very many Detroit fans can forget the Thanksgiving Day performance from Alphonso Smith against New England when he allowed three touchdowns to Patriots receivers.

    Asomugha would advance this team's maturity, along with veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch.

6. New York Giants

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01:  Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes a catch for a second quarter touchdown against Corey Webster #23 of the New York Giants on November 1, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo b
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    Two key losses against the Eagles and Packers in the closing weeks of the season; the Giants clearly need help on the corners.

    As a team, New York finished ninth against the pass, but Corey Webster has been very inconsistent during his six years in the NFL. Webster's four interceptions in 2010 was a career high.

    Terrell Thomas made 101 tackles in 2010, and he could use some help on the other side of the field. 

    The Giants pick 19th in the 2011 Draft, and even though they'll pick up young talent, they can acquire a proven veteran to slow down the rest of the NFC East, too. 

5. Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on December 28, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    The Eagles already have Asante Samuel, who intercepted the Manning brothers four times last season, but adding Asomugha might make them the best team in the NFC.

    The linebacking corps could use some work, but Philadelphia would be able to fend off the tough passing offenses in the NFC East. 

    Asomugha would probably welcome the idea of playing for such a solid team like the Eagles, with a coach a great coach like Andy Reid. Philadelphia appears to be content with their current roster aside from adding talent through the draft, but don't be surprised if they try to make a move for Asomugha. 

4. Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 12:  DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins tries for an interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at FedExField on December 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Buccaneers defeated the Redskins 17-16. (Photo by Larry Fre
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    If not for DeAngelo Hall's reemergence in 2010, the Redskins would be higher on this list.

    Year after year, the Skins spend the money in the offseason, and have the talent, but they never win.

    Asomugha would give Washington the best pair of cornerbacks in the division and a player in the locker room who has half the ego of everyone else. Washington has dealt with too much inner turmoil since last year, and Asomugha's presence would be a breath of fresh air for the team.

    The Redskins need help on both sides of the ball, but acquiring him would be a great start.

3. Baltimore Ravens

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    CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 26:  Safety Chris Carr #25 of the Baltimore Ravens jumps for the ball as safety Ed Reed #20 looks on with wide receiver Chansi Stuckey #83 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (
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    Baltimore was beating Pittsburgh 21-7 at halftime in the AFC Divisional Round and lost the game.

    The defensive line and linebackers will continue to be great for the next couple years, but injuries to Ed Reed and an inexperienced secondary are hindering this team's potential.

    Starting cornerback Chris Carr and Josh Wilson combined for only five interceptions last season, as the team ranked 21st in opposing passing yards.

    Asomugha would accompany Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, who are arguably the best players at their respective positions. Coach John Harbaugh should do what he can to make a push for Asomugha.

2. Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 28:  Wide receive Justin Gage #12 of the Tennessee Titans makes a catch in front of cornerback Kareem Jackson in the first quarter at Reliant Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Just how bad was Houston's pass defense in 2010? Try dead last, 32nd in the NFL.

    Young cornerbacks Glover Quin and Kareem Jackson were lit up last season, and even though the Texans shut out the Titans once, the defense gave up at least 24 points every other week.

    The offense is never the problem, as Arian Foster came out of nowhere to have a monster year in 2010 and Andre Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL. 

    The Texans' defensive line and linebackers are solid with names like Mario Williams and Brian Cushing, but the secondary continues to disappoint. Almost every year, the Texans seemingly inch closer to being a playoff team, and adding Asomugha might get them there in 2011.

1. Dallas Cowboys

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    LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 12:  Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys knocks the ball loose from Anthony Armstrong #13 of the Washington Redskins during the NFL season opener at FedExField on September 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the
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    Asomugha doesn't lack discipline or fundamentals like the current Dallas defensive secondary does. 

    On too many occasions, Mike Jenkins was penalized and cost the Cowboys several wins last season. With new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in town, he'll look to revamp the defense, but having a guy like Asomugha by his side would make the process much easier.

    As mentioned before, Dallas' locker room is always one filled with egos, but with the addition of Asomugha, he'll cherish the opportunity to play for a contender and probably help his teammates focus more on football.

    Dallas' defense already has DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff on it, and Asomugha would give the team a legitimate threat in the secondary. 

    Dallas has the ninth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, which might be enough to acquire Asomugha if the Raiders will do a sign-and-trade.

    Jerry Jones should seriously consider acquiring Asomugha.


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