Addressing The Nnamdi Asomugha To Packers Rumors
Rumors are flying around the internet that (former) Raiders’ cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha wants to play for either the Green Bay Packers or the New York Jets. It all started with an emphatic tweet from former Oakland Raiders’ beat writer David White:
I know [Asomugha] well. He’ll got to Green Bay or NY Jets. Mark it down.
I jotted down a few thoughts on Asomugha joining the Packers around this time a year ago when it was reported that the four-time Pro Bowler was available via trade. The idea of lining up a defensive backfield consisting of Tramon Williams, Nnamdi Asomugha, and Charles Woodson causes Packers fans to salivate, but I said it then, and I’ll say it again, I just don’t see it happening.
First of all, Green Bay Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson rewards players that he has drafted and his team has developed. He has never been active in free agency and is already facing a number of difficult decisions regarding his own roster this offseason.
Second, in the past year, the Packers have signed three of their defensive backs to lucrative contract extensions. Asomugha would most likely command more in 2011 base salary than Tramon Williams ($3.5 million), Nick Collins ($2.6 million) and Charles Woodson ($5.5 million). Remember, Thompson rewards players he has drafted and have performed for the Packers; it simply wouldn’t fit his style to bring in a player and instantly make him the highest paid among his defensive teammates.
The only way I see Nnamdi Asomugha running out of the Lambeau Field tunnel in 2011 is if he would agree to a severely-reduced salary (or, of course, if he’s playing for a visiting team). Asomugha has made plenty of money from Al Davis and the Raiders, but I don’t see him passing up the biggest free agency payday of the 2011 offseason simply to play next to his friend and former teammate, Charles Woodson.
That said, the uncertainty surrounding the CBA is going to make for a peculiar offseason. Free agency will not begin until a new agreement is reached, and given the unknown timetable, who knows what could happen when the dust finally settles. Like I said a year ago, one can dream, right?