NFL Free Agency: Is Nnamdi Asomugha Being Targeted by the Baltimore Ravens?

Orrie SielaffCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2011

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/Getty Images)
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The NFL officially opened for business on Monday, and some teams wasted no time in making roster moves. The Baltimore Ravens have told several starting players they will be cut as soon as the league permits it in an effort to create more cap space.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the players to be cut include tight end Todd Heap, running back Willis McGahee, wide receiver Derrick Mason and defensive tackle Kelly Gregg. The release of these players will save the Ravens $18.6 million, setting them up to make some noise in free agency. 

Could the Ravens be making a move for All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha?

The Ravens certainly would like to upgrade their defensive secondary. As a team, they are only a piece or two away from the Super Bowl. Signing Asomugha would be a very big piece.

The Ravens might also want Asomugha's services in order to speed up the development of first-round pick Jimmy Smith. Watching and learning how to play cornerback from one of the best in the game would certainly be advantageous for both Smith and the Ravens.  

Would Asomugha be willing to sign with Baltimore?  

I cannot see why he wouldn't. Joining the Ravens may be Asomugha's best option for getting to the Super Bowl. In addition, the Ravens already have a great defense, which will only make things easier for Asomugha.  

It seems that Baltimore and Asomugha would be a great fit for both player and team.  

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