Earlier in the week there was a report from Jason La Canfora stating that the Houston Texans were going to aggressively pursue Nnamid Asomugha in free agency. Now along comes Houston QB Matt Schaub trying to sell his team to Nnamdi.
“I totally think it would be a great fit for him. A lot of us on the team know him fairly well. We played Oakland it seems like every year, at least since I’ve been in the organization for the last four years so we know him well. Him and (Texans WR) Andre (Johnson) have a good relationship so I definitely see it as a great fit for him with this new scheme that we’re bringing in and what Wade is going to be able to do and especially the teams that we play.
“I think 32 teams across the league would like to have him on their team. It’s just a matter of where he’s most comfortable and where he fits.”
Schaub got one thing right that there isn’t a team in the league that couldn’t use a true shutdown corner. They are by far the rarest of all talents in pro football. While some will debate the true necessity of an All-Galaxy corner there is no doubt that given the choice any and every NFL franchise would love to have one.
Since Schaub has no say so in the front office practices of the Houston organization you can’t put too much weight behind his words. Being that everyday there is another speculative report on which teams will pursue Asomugha you’ve also got to chalk a lot of this up to lockout boredom.
Still, Shaub’s words seemingly echo what La Canfora reported previously. Another speculative report also authored by La Canfora raised some eyebrows by stating it could cost as much as $19-million a year to earn Aso’s services. That would be in excess of the contract Al Davis gave Asomugha two years ago.
Funny how things change over time. When Mr. Davis made Nnamdi the highest paid DB in league history it drew the scorn of the football world. All of a sudden Asomugha is a free agent and he becomes the most sought after commodity since oil.
As for Schaub and his plea, let’s just say his sales pitch matches his team’s performance – mediocre at best.