Anytime Al Davis opens his checkbook the repercussions usually spread throughout the NFL. Those $30-million Davis has committed to Richard Seymour over the next two years are only the most recent wave making stones tossed into the pool of pro football. This time the splash Davis has made could leave him all wet.
Amid the speculation of who will now be franchised in the wake of the Seymour agreement is the belief that Nnamdi Asomugha could be all but gone from the East Bay. Due to the stipulations of his now voided contract, the Raiders cannot use the franchise tag on Asomugha.
During Hue Jackson’s introductory press conference, Davis referred to Asomugha’s potential salary in 2011 as enough to “pay two players”. For the record Nnamdi would have made about $16-million next season. Perhaps Davis meant there is not enough to pay both Seymour and Asomugha.
Message being that Davis wants Nnamdi to take a pay cut.
Now, there is no way of knowing just what is going on behind those closed doors in Alameda. Asomugha will surely be among the most prized free agents on the market and he’ll get his payday. While he may not earn the $16-million he expected, there is little doubt he’d get top dollar for his position.
So where does that leave the Raiders in the Asomugha sweepstakes?
Again, there’s no telling. Nnamdi has stated he’d like to return. Maybe Davis is hoping for a hometown discount. Of course considering the current environment, talking money is a contentious issue.
This topic is just starting to simmer. If we get a new CBA then it will hit a full blown boil. For right now it would appear Davis chose Seymour over Asomugha. One got his payday and the other might just have received his walking papers.