Tag:Nnamdi Asomugha
Posted on: July 6, 2011 11:29 am
Edited on: July 6, 2011 11:37 am
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Texans chasing Nnamdi, 'long shot' to Cowboys?

Posted by Will Brinson

There's little question that, whenever the lockout finally ends, Nnamdi Asomugha will be the most sought-after player on the NFL's free-agent market.

And as more teams jump into the fray for help at the cornerback position, his price will only get higher. There'll likely be many teams chasing his services, but it appears that the Cowboys will not be one of them.

That's according to Matt Mosely of Fox Sports Southwest, who writes that he can "tell you with absolute certainty that Dallas sees Asomugha as a long shot."

Mosely says he's been told "only in our dreams" by folks in the Cowboys organization that such a signing and falls below signing Doug B. Free. (Not to mention it would require that Dallas release Terence Newman.)

Free's going to be pretty pricey, even though the 'Boys will end up moving him to right tackle once Tyron Smith's ready to take over on the left side. And while Dallas could definitely use Asomugha's talent to shut down some of the dangerous NFC East wideouts they face several times a year, they've got plenty of other issues to address.

A team that will have no choice but to chase Asomugha? That would be the Texans, whose pass defense flirted with being historically bad in 2010.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reported Tuesday that Houston is "indeed prepared to be aggressive in free agency … and will be among the teams pursuing" Asomugha.

The bad news for the Texans is that they'll now be chasing a player who will demand more than Dunta Robinson did when he left Houston for the Falcons in free agency a year ago.

The good news is that the new CBA, provided it plays out as everyone believes, should end up pushing several talented cornerbacks (namely Jonathan Joseph) into the free-agent market.

That won't make Asomugha too much cheaper, but it will give teams that don't have the bankroll to say in the hunt with the Dan Snyders of the world a shot at picking u pa viable option anyway.

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 3:49 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 7.05.11: Somebody wants Haynesworth



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Michael Clayton, the Bucs first-round pick in 2004, says his football career isn't over. In the last two seasons he caught 18 passes for 249 yards. After spending the first six years of his career in Tampa Bay, Clayton played with the Giants in 2010.
  • When Plaxico Burress was released from prison last month, the Eagles were considered one of the teams most likely to sign him. Now that the new-freedom smell has worn off, it sounds as if Burress is near the bottom of Philly's offseason to-do list.
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Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Joseph might be best free-agent CB option



Posted by Ryan Wilson

When discussing soon-to-be free-agent cornerbacks, the conversation usually begins with Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha. He's long been considered one of the best cover corners in the league, often mentioned in the same breath as Darrelle Revis, and earlier this decade, Champ Bailey and Charles Woodson. But Asomugha's not the only prized cornerback likely to hit the open market when the lockout is resolved. In fact, he may not even be the best. That honor could go to Cincinnati's Johnathan Joseph, who at 27, is also three years younger.

It's easy to forget that the Bengals actually have playmakers, what with all the off-field distractions, but Joseph, the team's first-round pick in 2006, has quietly become one of the league's best young cornerbacks.

Under the terms of the old collective bargaining agreement, Joseph would be a restricted free agent in 2011 (and in March the Bengals gave him the highest restricted tender just in case). But it now looks like he'll be free to sell his talents to the highest bidder once a new CBA is reached.

One such team could be the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN's John Clayton, appearing on the Kevin Calabro radio show earlier this week, said that Joseph could be had for $8 million a year, which will be a lot less than Asomugha will command. And it doesn't sound like Joseph has any loyalties to the Bengals.

"He would leave Cincinnati for a dollar more than the Bengals are offering," Clayton said.

Which is a familiar refrain for both players and coaches.

This also means that the other big-named free-agent cornerback, Ike Taylor, should expect something in the neighborhood of $8 million a year. He's said previously this offseason that he won't give the Steelers a hometown discount. Pittsburgh is reportedly prepared to spend -- you guessed it -- in the neighborhood of $8 million per year to keep Taylor, who is 31.

That said, if the Steelers can get comparable productivity for the same price of a player four years younger than Taylor, maybe they should pursue Joseph.

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 7:28 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Ike Taylor to the Cardinals would be a long shot

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Here's a headline that should surprise absolutely no one: "Arizona Cardinals could be interested in Ike Taylor."

A lot has to happen for the Cardinals to land the soon-to-be free agent cornerback who spent the first eight years of his career with the Steelers, but since Ken Whisenhunt became coach in 2007, the Pittsburgh-to-Arizona player pipeline has flowed freely.

Before getting the head coaching gig with the Cards, Whisenhunt was the Steelers offensive coordinator. In the four years since he arrived in Arizona, the Cardinals have signed Joey Porter, Sean Morey, Alan Faneca, Jerame Tuman, Bryant McFadden, Brian St. Pierre, and Dan Kreider -- all former Steelers. And there's Whisenhunt's staff: Russ Grimm (an assistant under Bill Cowher) is the Cardinals assistant head coach, Ray Horton (an assistant under Mike Tomlin) is the new defensive coordinator, and Deshea Townsend (a Steelers cornerback from 1998-2009) is the new defensive backs coach. (We won't even mention the Steelers-Cards ball boy connection.)

Ike Taylor's immediate future is contingent on many things, chief among them: the owners and players settling on a new collective bargaining agreement. Beyond that, it will come down to demand and, of course, money. At various stages of the offseason Taylor has hinted that he wanted to stay in Pittsburgh but that he wasn't interested in giving any hometown discounts to do so.

We suppose there's a chance Taylor lands in Arizona (affectionately known as Pittsburgh West), but a lot will have to happen before it gets to that point. Sports 620 KTAR radio's Ron Wolfley (who also calls Cardinals' games, and whose brother, Craig, is a sideline reporter for the Steelers radio network) breaks out the hypotheticals:

"Let's say they deal [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] and bring in Kevin Kolb as their quarterback," Wolfley said, according to ArizonaSports.com. "Does Ike Taylor make sense at the corner opposite of Patrick Peterson? I can tell you it makes perfect sense for so many different reasons. Number one, we're talking about a grizzled veteran. A guy who is a true players pro. He's a professional. A guy that would mentor a young Patrick Peterson. A guy that has been in the league nine years and he's been durable as well. He's missed three games in nine years.

"This is a guy who would be a perfect fit because he already knows Ray Horton's defense. He'd have to be brought up to speed on the terminology but playing corner is not exactly the same as playing quarterback in the National Football League if you get my drift. Ike Taylor could do it. You could bring him in. He'd be the perfect guy in this system."

But Taylor wouldn't come cheap (not to mention DRC for Kolb isn't likely). He'll be one of the most sought-after cornerbacks in free agency after Nnamdi Asomugha. And then there's this: recent history suggests that 31-year-old cornerbacks, even those coming off solid seasons, usually see their productivity drop off a cliff in subsequent seasons.

That's not a guarantee that a similar fate awaits Taylor. (Champ Bailey and Charles Woodson have defied the odds. Of course, Taylor was at no point in his career as good as either Bailey or Woodson, so that's worth keeping in mind, too.) But it's a lot of money to spend on a cornerback with his best days likely behind him. Even if he's expected to mentor rookie Patrick Peterson.

By the way, by most accounts, Peterson is a high-character guy who doesn't seem to need much in the way of mentoring. (And if he does, Townsend would be perfectly suited for that role.) Using that logic, Taylor would make perfect sense in Baltimore. But we're pretty sure that ain't happening.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 5:58 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.27.11: Dominique Foxworth does MMQB

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Dominique Foxworth of the Ravens guest-penned Peter King's "Monday Morning Quarterback" column on, um, Monday and I gotta tell you, it was awesome. The general premise of the piece is about the lockout, and it's important to remember that even though we think there's a deal getting done, no one knows. Foxworth, in particular, has a great point-of-view, because he missed all of last season with an injury, and is really itching to get out on the field. Also, he dropped the funniest line of the year with "I think cell phones have ruined pushing people into pools." Preach on, brother.
Posted on: June 24, 2011 2:27 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Judge: PHI still has little interest in Asomugha

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Since obviously the Eagles would like another CB to pair with Asante Samuel -- we already (kind of) debunked the rumor of Philadelphia going after Arizona’s Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie -- there also have been whispers that Philadelphia is stalking former Raiders and current free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha.

Not true, says CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge.

Judge originally wrote June 7 that league sources told him that the club had little interest in going after Asomugha, one of the most high-profile (and most expensive) cornerbacks in the league.

Judge’s reasoning: Asomugha is too limited (he’s a press CB who plays only on the right side of the line), he’d be way too expensive and he might be a touch too old for Philadelphia’s taste.

Still, some are saying it’s a move the Eagles could make.

Again, Judge says it's not likely. He’s talked to sources today that continue to reiterate the Eagles don't have much interest in Asomugha. So, there you have it.

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.16.11: Taylor, Asomugha not close



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Come again? We think it goes without saying that Nnamdi Asomugha is a better corner than, say, the Steelers' Ike Taylor -- but apparently not. Using facts and common sense, Shutdown Corner's Doug Farrar takes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's John Harris to task for suggesting that Taylor is better than Asomugha. 
  • Still wanted: QB. Pat White may not have been the answer (and Pryor almost certainly isn't), but according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Dolphins' first order of business once the lockout ends will be finding a veteran QB to compete with Chad Henne
  • We need Matlock. If there's something we can all get behind it's that the lawyers shouldn't be allowed in the room during CBA negotiations. PFT's Mike Florio offers up yet another reason to lock out the lawyers: money (shocking, right?). 
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Posted on: May 27, 2011 5:00 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 5:53 pm
 

If Cowboys land Asomugha, Newman's likely gone

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Cowboys drafted cornerback Terence Newman fifth overall in 2003. Five years later, and quite happy with his development, the club rewarded him with a six-year extension worth $50.2 million, including $22.5 million guaranteed.

But as often happens, professional athletes reach their physical peak in their late 20s, and their production falls off a cliff once they hit 30. Newman was 29 when he got his new deal; he will be 33 when (if?) the 2011 season starts.

Given his age, it's no surprise that Newman struggled last season. Sobering details via ProFootballFocus.com:

"After a solid 2009, [Newman] crashed back to earth in a big way. Although he picked off five passes, he also gave up five touchdowns and allowed 65 percent of balls [thrown in his direction] to be completed. His 914 yards allowed ranked sixth worst in the NFL. Compare that to 2009 where he allowed just 740 yards and 57 percent of balls to be complete."

Also not surprising: Should there be free agency this summer, the Cowboys will be in the market for a shutdown corner. The team addressed the position three years ago by drafting Mike Jenkins. After conquering his aversion to contact as a rookie, and a promising 2009 season, Jenkins hit a rough patch in 2010. "His QB-rating-allowed more than doubled [from '09 to '10] (from 54.0 to 122.0), he allowed more touchdowns (two compared to six) and had fewer picks (five compared to one)," PFF's John Breitenbach wrote last month.

Presumably, Dallas isn't yet ready to give up on Jenkins. He has three things teams covet in cornerbacks: youth, athleticism and potential. Newman's tenure in Big D, however, could be nearing an end.

ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins, in a recent mailbag column, was asked about the Cowboys' chances of acquiring CB Nnamdi Asomugha and S Michael Huff in free agency (contingent on a new labor deal). Both players are familiar with new Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan from their time together in Oakland, and Asomugha is the consensus best cornerback in the free-agent class. Waktins' take:

"Of those two names you mentioned, I would say the team would try to sign Asomugha. If it happens, salary cap or not, the team won't keep Terence Newman. I don't see the team keeping two players in the defensive backfield who would command an average of $6 million to $8 million a season. Huff is an interesting choice, but I think Abram Elam and maybe Danieal Manning are better players."

The salary-cap math says that jettisoning Newman makes sense, even if he can somehow summon one more good season. And if Newman isn't with the Cowboys in 2011, he will be somewhere, likely paid well for his services. Demand for cornerbacks always outstrips supply, and franchises desperate to upgrade their secondaries will overpay for a player on the downside of a great career based solely on past performance. It seldom works out for both sides, although Champ Bailey and Charles Woodson are exceptions. Maybe Newman can be too.

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