Sunday, January 11, 2009

Nnamdi Asomugha Likely to Remain an Oakland Raider

By Rick Richardson

Make no mistake about it. Nnamdi Asomugha is a top tier corner. He possesses superior coverage skills, above average intelligence, and comes with great character to boot.

What more could you ask for in a player.

So let us put this rumor to bed once and for all. There is no way Al Davis lets Nnamdi wear anything other than silver and black next year. Mark it down. Put it out of your head, and begin to think of more sane topics like a possible relocation of the Raiders to Gnome, Alaska.

Many draft speculators have formed a consensus that the Raiders will select CB Malcolm Jenkins with the 7th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, because of the presumed certainty that Nnamdi is fed up and will walk.

First, I don’t think Asomugha is as fed up with the Raiders as he is fed up with losing. Just the quality you are looking for when you are trying to turn around a floundering franchise.

Second, Asomugha will be franchise tagged if he doesn't sign a long term contract.

The only way Nnamdi Asomugha wears another jersey is if he is traded, and the asking price will be steep. Much too salty for another franchise to bite. By trading the all-pro cornerback, the Raiders would open a huge hole in their roster.

The last time I checked Al’s prized slogan was “just win baby”. If there is any way that Mr. Davis can stomp Asomugha's contract under the salary cap he will do it. Al may have his detractors, but they can‘t say he doesn‘t try to sign the best players.

Nnamdi Asomugha certainly fits that description.

So buy your Asomugha jersey with confidence Raider fans. The chance of being stuck with the equivalent of a Moss jersey is between slim and none.


Anonymous Silverandblackattack said...

I don't know is Asomugha come back. We could get so much for him and he does not want to be here anyways. Al wants players who wants to be Raiders. After watching nnamdi on NFL network, it was clear he wants out.

January 17, 2009 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Rick Richardson said...

Hey man, what is going on?

I didn't catch the interview on NFL network. I'll try to catch the replay. Like I said I haven't seen the interview, but sometimes that is just posturing during contract haggling. I think Al thinks of it as that also, because if he could rewind, Al would still have Randy jogging...err...running routes for the Raiders. We all know how much he wanted to be with the Raiders.

Thanks for stopping by, and by the way great job on "The Raider Blog" it is top notch. I have been enjoying your recent updates.

January 18, 2009 at 7:09 AM  

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