Unless Al Davis can top the last contract he gave to Nnamdi Asomugha then he may as well help the All-Pro corner pack his things now. Asomugha is leaving the East Bay and for good reason. He’s remained loyal while Davis has sold him nothing but lies.
Nnamdi had plenty of reasons to leave last time. Davis gave him plenty of reasons to stay the least of which was that $45-million contract. Yes, money talks but in the end it was Asomugha’s desire to succeed in a Silver and Black uniform that trumped all. The Cal grad is fully aware of the Raiders’ history. He knows all too well what it would have meant to help turnaround the NFL’s most downtrodden yet historic franchise.
Nnamdi held up his end of the bargain. Al Davis didn’t. It’s just that simple and it’s the reason why Aso’s days in the Bay are over.
Nnamdi has already suffered through 8 years of rebuilding. Now that his team finally reached a point of breakthrough, he’s being asked to help start that process all over again. Does that make much sense? Why should he be around to break in yet another coaching staff? Why should he, again, be the role model the team’s owner is not?
His talent on the field is unmatched but what Nnamdi does for the Raiders off the field is invaluable. His charitable works have made him a pillar of the community. Asomugha’s professional demeanor has helped lend credence to an otherwise idiotic franchise. So what does he have to gain from continuing to put out the fires Mr. Davis starts?
Let it be known, Nnamdi is a SoCal native. He roots for the Lakers. He has no ties to the Bay other than his college days and professional career. None the less, he’s made his East Bay house into a home and has proven he can make inroads anywhere.
There is nothing that ties Asomugha to the Raiders. He has nothing else to prove and has no unfinished business. As a top tier talent, team captain and highest paid Raider, Nnamdi has every right to voice his opinion. In his opinion, Asomugha saw Tom Cable as one of the bigger reasons to stay last time around. He openly supported Cable to return after going 5-11 in ’09 so what do you think his opinion of Cable is after going 8-8 in 2010?
Knowing how much support Cable has in the locker room and has public backing from the best Raider on the planet only angered Davis. So over zealous in assuming he can just thrown money at any problem, Davis canned Cable and now stands to lose Aso.
Best of luck, Nnamdi. You deserve to play for a contender. You deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. You deserve to have done to you as you do unto others. Raider Nation regrets that you can’t find any of that around here.
I once said Nnamdi Asomugha would be a Raider for life. Even upon his departure he’ll still be held in high regard by Raider Nation and his service in a Silver and Black uniform will never be forgotten. He’s still a Raider for life, too bad the owner has taken that life away.