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Nnamdi Asomugha tops list of most coveted free agents

CB Nnamdi Asomugha is the most coveted free agent on the market. (Robert Laberge/Getty)

Clearly the most proven commodity in the 2011 free agent class, Asomugha is a shutdown corner with proven ball skills who will instantly upgrade any pass defense he joins. Before Revis Island, Asomugha was head and shoulders above the rest of the corners in the league.

It’s no surprise, then, that more than 10 teams have been rumored to be interested in the four-time Pro Bowler including the Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins — and more may be on the way.

The Texans have long been one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, so it makes sense that they are serious about going after Asomougha, especially if the team is ready to prove its ability to take the next step and compete in the postseason.

Asomugha would fill a hole at right cornerback for the Eagles while the prospect of pairing him with Darrelle Revis has New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan positively giddy.

After releasing a stable of veterans early Tuesday, the Ravens now have the salary cap room to nab a player who could give their aging defense a serious upgrade in the secondary.

Meantime, the Redskins need help at corner to play opposite DeAngelo Hall, and they’ve never shied away from shelling out the big bucks for veteran free agents before. But before they decide who to add, the Redskins must settle on which of their own free agents they want to bring back.

So where will Nnamdi end up?

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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