With Seymour in is Asomugha Out?

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.

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  • daniel

    Your blog misses the fact that Seymour effectively made the same amount of money last year with Asomugha making 16 million. Plus, the year before that we had J. Russel’s contract on the books for 10 mill. If anything, re-signing Nnamdi at his old contract price would make the payroll equal to what it was last year.

    Mike Lombardi is a dbag. Thats why he no longer works for an NFL franchise.

    Nnamdi will get 6 years for 80 mill (30 guaranteed). Watch!

  • daniel

    Also, remember that the Raiders have no first round draft pick this year. This is more money that they can use to sign an existing player, aka Nnamdi.

  • Chris Shellcroft


    I think Seymour’s tag number was around $12-million last year and Asomugh was due to make $16-million this coming year so no matter what the Raiders would have had to pay more.

    I’m just going off of what Al said when he stated Aso’s salary could afford two players. Maybe I’m reading too much into it but by giving Seymour a new deal and then saying that it just seems like Al doesn’t feel Nnamdi is worth that much money again.

    Look, this is one thing I’d be more than happy to be wrong about. I want Nnamdi back because for all he’s done it just wouldn’t feel right if this team makes it to the playoffs without him.