Former Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is known as a “shutdown” cornerback. That means that he covers opposing receivers so well that they record very few catches. He can cover just about anyone.
To add to his credentials, Asomugha last week showed the national media that he can’t be covered, either.
Asomugha, as it turns out, was one of the top prizes in the NFL’s frenzied 2011 free-agency signing period. But where would he end up? Sports writers had answers:
SBNation on July 29:
The biggest name on the NFL free agency market is CB Nnamdi Asomugha and the momentum right now is pointing to the New York Jets. It’s far from a done deal but the front-runner right now is the Jets, especially after the Houston Texans signed CB Johnathan Joseph to a five-year deal putting them out of the Asomugha sweepstakes.
Per reports, the two other competing teams are the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. The 49ers released CB Nate Clements this week clearing up over $15 million in cap space and the Cowboys have been doing the same with a number of veterans.
NFL reporting ace Peter King on July 27:
Five things I think I think about the opening frenzy of the Summer of Frenzy:
1. I think the Jets and Nnamdi Asomugha is a real story. For those who think the cap would prohibit it, understand this: The Jets could let free agents Antonio Cromartie and Braylon Edwards walk — those two would be $10 million to $12 million on the cap, potentially, in 2011 — and they could re-do the contracts of Mark Sanchez and Darrelle Revis, and they could whittle linebacker David Harris’ 2011 cap hit from $10 million to about $7 million by turning his one-year deal into a multiyear contract. If you don’t think Rex Ryan is pushing for this, you’re crazy.
Another report, this one by Sporting News late last week:
All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, one of the top prizes in this NFL free agent class, has narrowed his choice to the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, according to multiple reports.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Asomugha is expected to sign with one or the other Friday or Saturday, adding that there’s an 80 percent chance that Asomugha will team with fellow star cornerback Darrelle Revis with the Jets.
And this brilliant nugget from ESPN on July 26:
ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen, appearing Tuesday morning on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Show, dropped an interesting nugget on coveted free agent Nnamdi Asomugha. He said the All-Pro cornerback, the top guy on the market, might be attracted to the Jets because of his desire to become an actor when his football career is over. There’s no better place to be than New York — well, okay, maybe Los Angeles, but last time I checked, they still don’t have an NFL team.
“Asomugha is interesting because the Houston Texans, probably, are going to make him the biggest offer,” Mortensen told the Mikes. “Yet you keep hearing that Nnamdi wants to go somewhere where he can begin to focus on his post-playing career, even though he’ll give his all as he’s playing, and he has a great interest in being an actor, whether it’s in theater or whatever, and that could factor into it.”
On Saturday came news that Asomugha had signed. With the Eagles. This report notes that the successful suitors approached the star d-back “very quietly.”