Can’t say we didn’t see this coming, Nation. Al Davis made it pretty clear that he wasn’t about to pay Nnamdi Asomugha a salary fit for two players. So the news of Aso inking a $60-million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles is only a surprise given the manner in which the entire process unfolded.
Those that followed the news today know all too well how the rollercoaster ride went. At one point Nnamdi had three potential suitors, then seemingly none and then there was one “mystery team”. Low and behold Andy Reid drops a bomb on the free agency market.
Losing Asomugha is a crushing blow. Sure, he’s the best cornerback on the planet. Beyond that Nnamdi is one of the best human beings in the NFL. During the worst era in Raiders’ history Asomugha was one of the lone bright spots. His charitable acts off the field mean the East Bay community is losing of its great citizens.
Without question this is the biggest void to fill in the NFL. Stanford Routt has the paycheck of a shutdown corner. Now he’s got to go out and play like one every single week. That is the benchmark set by Asomugha and that is what is expected for any corner that lines up on the right side of the field for Oakland from now on.
Truthfully, you have to respect Asomugha’s decision. He has his pick and could have easily gone to New York where a much larger stage would have given him a much higher profile. He could have gone to Dallas where a larger than life owner would have made him a larger than life figure. But in the end money talks. Beyond the cash the Eagles also give Asomugh a chance to do what he never did as a Raider – see the postseason and potentially play in a Super Bowl.
Naturally my selfish greed wanted Asomugha to remain a Raider for life. The reality is he made the best decision for himself and those that rely on him.
Best of luck in Philly, Nnamdi. You’re going from one rabid fan base to another.