The Oakland Raiders placed their franchise tag on 5th year cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The tag is one of the most expensive this free agency. The Raiders will sign Asomugha to a one-year $9.465 million dollar contract; barring any trade (consisting of two first round picks) or contract extension. Many NFL players have fought the franchise tag lately, causing problems within the front office, and affecting the start of some the player’s seasons
It’ll take time to know how this will pan out. If the Raiders want to keep Asomugha in Oakland, then they must sign him to an extension this off-season. He had a sub-par year considering how well he played in 2006. Most scouts were looking for him to break into that #2 cornerback (in the NFL) spot right behind Champ Bailey, but he failed to do so. With that in mind, I think this off-season could be the Raiders best chance to sign Asomugha to a long-term contract.
But there’s still plenty that could still transpire. Asomugha could pull a Lance Briggs or Asante Samuel and fight the tag all the way to opening day. Or he could just take the tag and go out and prove his worth. Or the Raiders could show their players that they want to keep a lot of current pieces together by signing him to an extension. Only time will tell; but after another tough season, and disruptive start to the off-season, the Raiders need this to not to make noise.