If Nnamdi Asomugha wants to have Darrelle Revis as a teammate then he’d better get used to seeing Revis on his sideline during the Pro Bowl. Other than the impossible scenario of Al Davis trading in order to bring Revis to the East Bay, then that will be the only way Nnamdi can share roster space with Darrelle.
Jerry McDonald warns Raider Nation not to take Asomugha too seriously. McD cites Nnamdi’s “wicked sense of humor” as the driving force behind his intimations that he and Rex Ryan have been discussing the possibility of the NFL’s top two cover corners playing opposite one another.
Despite what Cam Inman might think, trading Asomugha would be yet another huge step backwards for this franchise.
To begin, you can never get equal value when trading a player of Nnamdi’s caliber. Take a look around the league and you’ll notice that there are two positions in the NFL for which elite status is granted to only a chosen few. Here’s a hint, one is the position of quarterback and the other is the position Asomugha plays.
Shutdown corners are as rare a phenomenon as spotting JaMarcus Russell in the weight room.
Besides, giving Al Davis more first round picks would be as bad an idea as giving Gilbert Arenas a gun permit. You don’t want somebody with a recent history of poor judgment to be given license to continue their mistakes.
The Raiders are a young team going through the growing pains of adjusting to the NFL while also attempting to correct the worst seven year stretch in league history. Making them younger would only delay the already slow moving process. Having a strong veteran presence in the locker room is necessary for any team especially for a young one in search of direction.
In addition to his other worldly cover skills, Nnamdi is the only player who currently creates a level of respectability for the Oakland Raiders. While most only see the Raiders as a woeful franchise fading into oblivion, none can ignore the high character value Asomugha brings to the Silver and Black.
From his various charitable acts, to his likeable personality, to his professional demeanor on the field, Nnamdi is the guy every NFL owner would covet as the face of their franchise.
When Mr. Davis made Asomugha the highest paid defensive back in league history he was rewarding the former Cal Bear not only for his talent displayed on Sundays but also for his continued hard work during such a tumultuous time in Raider history. To trade him now would be an insult.
True, Nnamdi’s presence in Oakland has coincided with the worst seven years of Raider football. Despite all his accolades, there are few wins to show. Despite all the credibility he lends to the roster, it is the jeweled spectacle that is JaMarcus Russell who is viewed as the face of the franchise.
No matter what Nnamdi might desire, the East Bay is his home and will be for the foreseeable future. Davis made a commitment to him and Nnamdi, in turn, committed to Davis. This is about seeing the job through to its finish. This is about being a part of something special – the Raider revival.
Jumping ship to the upstart Jets might be a better situation for Asomugha but it does not guarantee success. Not in the modern NFL where teams rise and fall faster than tech stocks.
This, of course, is all based on speculation.
Nothing more than a few joking words from the NFL’s best cover corner and the ramblings of a blogger.
Hopefully Al Davis has a sense of humor too. Otherwise, if there is any truth to trade talks involving Nnamdi Asomugha then I’m afraid the joke will be on Davis as he will once again be starting the rebuilding process all over again.
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