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Post Nnamdi Asomugha
According to Adam Schefter http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6004943&campaign=rss&source=ESPNHeadlines Nnamdi Asomugha is going to be a free agent. It would be awesome if the lions were able to snag him. If they can get two key free agents (Asomugha and Tullock) in the offseason they could go oline in the first round and the team would be in great shape.


January 9th, 2011, 1:00 pm
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Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha's contract voided and he will be allowed to become a free agent without the Oakland Raiders being able to use their franchise tag on him, Raiders senior executive John Herrera confirmed Sunday.

Asomugha’s deal included a little-known clause that said his contract would void if he didn’t achieve his not-likely-to-be-earned incentives in 2010 -- and he didn'’t.


His contract also contained a stipulation that if he didn’t achieve his incentives, the Raiders would agree not to designate him their franchise or transition player.


"We have to wait on the ramifications of the new CBA to be able to move on," Herrera said.

To achieve his incentives, Asomugha had to play in a greater number of defensive plays in 2010 than he did in 2009, and this season Asomugha played in only 14 games whereas he played in all 16 in 2009.


He also could have achieved his incentives by improving upon on his interceptions, fumble recoveries or sacks this season -- but he didn't have any interceptions, fumble recoveries or sacks this season.

Asomugha will be the top defensive player available whenever free agency begins.

Oakland could have many other key free agents this offseason depending on the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Richard Seymour, safety Michael Huff, cornerback Stanford Routt, tight end Zach Miller, left guard Robert Gallery and running back Michael Bush are among the Raiders' other potential free agents.

Asomugha is one of the league's best man-to-man cornerbacks, with most teams choosing not to throw to his side of the field. According to STATS LLC, Asomugha was targeted on just 33 pass attempts this season. He allowed 13 completions for 205 yards and no touchdowns, burnishing his reputation as a shutdown cornerback.

Asomugha was a first-round pick by the Raiders in 2003. After some struggles early in career as he moved from safety to cornerback, Asomugha has emerged as one of the league's top cornerbacks the past five years. He was recently selected to his third straight Pro Bowl.

But despite the strong play from Asomugha, the Raiders have been unable to put a winning team on the field in his eight years in Oakland. The team lost at least 11 games for an NFL worst seven straight years in Asomugha's first eight seasons before improving to 8-8 this year.

That improvement did not satisfy owner Al Davis, who announced last week that he would not pick up the option on coach Tom Cable's contract. The Raiders are now searching for their sixth coach since 2003, with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson the leading contender.

Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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I would think we have to take a show. Even with a High pricetag, it would take alot of the pressure off the draft to bring in Asomugha. And I think you can give him a 5 yr contract with the intent to cut/trade in the 5th year if his play Declines. he would be our #1 easy for the next 4. Like you said, add a FA LB, and then draft for competition/depth and we have a serious shot at playoffs.

We need a Strong Back 7 , considering we are stuck with Cutler and Rodgers, and whoever Minny brings in (and they willb ring in a solid qb since we already have 3 capable Qbs in the div). Especially if we go more divisional games with an 18 game season.


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Post Re: Nnamdi Asomugha a free agent
Talking about this in Around the League


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Mayhew should do whatever it takes to bring this guy in.


January 9th, 2011, 8:33 pm
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Post Nnamdi Asomugha contract voided - Mr Mayhew, you listening?
According to ESPN.com:

"Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha's contract voided and he will be allowed to become a free agent without the Oakland Raiders being able to use their franchise tag on him, Raiders senior executive John Herrera confirmed Sunday.

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Asomugha's deal included a little-known clause that said his contract would void if he didn't achieve his not-likely-to-be-earned incentives in 2010 -- and he didn't. "


One other stat I noted:

"Asomugha is one of the league's best man-to-man cornerbacks, with most teams choosing not to throw to his side of the field. According to STATS LLC, Asomugha was targeted on just 33 pass attempts this season. He allowed 13 completions for 205 yards and no touchdowns, burnishing his reputation as a shutdown cornerback."

That's a bad game for some CBs. It averages out to less than one catch per game, for around 16 yards. Stick Asomugha across from Houston and draft BPA.

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Post Re: Nnamdi Asomugha contract voided - Mr Mayhew, you listeni
As great as it would be, i HIGHLY doubt Mayhew would spend the kind of money it would take to get Asomugha.

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I agree. This would be a huge coup to bring him to Detroit. We'd have to make him either the highest paid CB in the league or very near to it, though. I like the idea of having a shutdown corner on the roster. It makes things look real nice in the back 7, especially with the possibility of getting a starting LB in the first round. If we do make the move, he would be our only FA this year.

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Can we get about 20 more threads dedicated to this subject?


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Isn't he from Windsor? Or played his college ball there? If I remember correctly, then that would be one hell of a selling point.

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I merged these, great discussion to have, didn't know the best forum so I pulled it in the front one for FA discussions.

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I'd love to land him, but I don't see how the heck we could make it happen. IMO we have too many over-paid players on the roster now, and we're going to have to over-pay to get him. I guess we could not bring back Houston, but I would rather keep Houston, find a cheaper alternative to play opposite Houston, and fill more holes. Good teams in a good cap situation with limited needs seem to be the best fit for high-priced individual talents. We're the exact opposite of that...


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Pretty sure we could afford him right now without giving up a single player. We already dropped Petersons 8 Million Dollar contract, and we technically should have clearance even if the Cap Stays the same as we were under it.

We could afford to give him a big contract, and I think we should.

Good teams arent all built on budget players, it just hurts to pay alot and still lose badly.


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What's Revis making now with his contract? I'd imagine that we'd have to pay comparably unfortunately. Although one thing I wonder about is how much his contract could sort of "come back down to earth" considering how much Oakland over-paid him and set up such an exorbitant contract to begin with. I have to wonder how much he'd want to continue playing for a a "rebuilding team" after being on an equally struggling team for so long, but at least the end of this season went a long way to show Detroit's potential.

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