This gray cloud that is the NFL lockout could have a Silver and Black lining. The longer the padlocks remain clinched the better the odds of Nnamdi Asomugha remaining a Raider increase.
Over the last couple of days rumors have spread that a few teams could be cooling off on their interest in the game’s best cover corner. Just how valid those rumors are is anybody’s guess. Considering teams can’t even discuss free agency as there is currently no timetable for even the possibility of free agency you’ll just have to take this talk with a grain of salt. Better make that a boulder of salt.
Truth be told, no matter what happens in the coming months it is highly unlikely that Asomugha will be able to find any team willing to cough up the type of coin Al Davis was willing to shell out prior to that record contract being voided. That combined with the possibility of a free agency window the size of Alex Smith’s hands opening up in the near future could create a minimal market for Nnamdi’s services.
So what’s a shutdown corner to do?
Will Aso seek greener pastures at a discounted rate? Or could Nnamdi be inclined to finish what he started in the East Bay also at a lesser price?
We’ll just have to wait. But don’t hold your breath. No telling how long it will be until we can actually talk football outside of a fantasy setting.
When Davis committed big bucks to Stanford Routt it pretty much seemed like the door had been slammed shut behind Nnamdi as he left the Alameda facility. Then came a draft that included two more corners to add to the two other corners drafted last year. All signs would seem to indicate that Mr. Davis has turned the page.
But trying to predict what Al is going to do next is like trying to guess what Josh McDaniels was thinking when he called in the Tim Tebow pick.
Fact of the matter is a minimal market combined with Oakland’s need for a veteran corner could create the perfect storm to blow Aso back into the Raider family. Who said the lockout was all bad? This could be the best thing that happened to Oakland’s playoff hopes since Mr. Davis removed #2 from the roster.