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09 Jan 2011

Nnamdi Asomugha's Contract Voided, Becomes Free Agent

The contract of Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has been voided after Asomugha played fewer snaps in 2010 than he did in 2009 (thanks to injury). The Raiders are unable to designate him their franchise or transition player as per the terms of the deal, making Asomugha an unrestricted free agent.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 09 Jan 2011

102 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2011, 4:03pm by tuluse


by Shattenjager :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 1:09pm

Asomugha is freed!

by frvwfr2 :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 1:12pm

Going to the Jets. Hahah. That would be terrifying. And isn't going to happen.
When are free agents signed? Under the new CBA rules or current?

by Jeppe (not verified) :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 1:22pm

Come to Houston Nnamdi - if anyone needs you it's us!

by battlered59 (not verified) :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 1:36pm

McNair won't spend that much money on a free agent, esp while he's pushing for a more owner friendly CBA with his buddy Jerry Jones.

by Mr Shush :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 7:33pm

1. Obviously no team will be signing Asomugha or any other free agent until a new CBA is agreed.

2. What are you talking about? The Texans are consistently one of the biggest spending franchises in the NFL. I can't find 2010 data, but you can see here that in 2009 they had the third highest payroll in the league, behind only the Dolphins and Giants. McNair is known as an owner who allows his football people to make football decisions. If Kubiak, Smith and Phillips believe a big offer for Asomugha is the best possible use of their budget, I find it very hard to believe McNair would veto the move. Now if you want to say that Kubiak and Smith appear to be unduly fixated with starting players they've drafted and averse to free agent signings, you may have a case . . .

I called for the Texans to trade for Asomugha early last season. I doubt there has ever been a year-on-year upgrade at one position as colossal as Kareem Jackson to Asomugha would be - from worst starter in the league at any position, to Hall of Famer still more or less in his prime. The Texans with an average defense would have ranked third in total DVOA this year. Asomugha would take them a long, long way towards the heady sunlit uplands of average. I think it would be rational for the Texans to spend more money on Asomugha than anyone else ought rationally to be prepared to. I do not, of course, expect this to happen.

by Stravinsky (not verified) :: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 1:26am

Actually, a smart move would be to sign Asomugha now and if Auburn's Fairley enters the draft then trade Asomugha for a low first round pick and draft Fairley who'd be a nice fit for the nose tackle in Phillips' 3-4 scheme.

by Mr Shush :: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 10:10am

1. Can't be done. Asomugha won't be available to be signed until a new CBA is agreed, which will be after the draft.

2. Assuming the new CBA includes a cap, such a move, were it possible, would entail the team not only eating the real dollar cost of a presumably massive signing bonus but carrying its full value against the cap in a single year. Not good.

3. Such a move would also, presumably, royally piss off Asomugha, and deter future free agents from signing with the team.

4. It would be an incredibly bad move from a talent standpoint anyway. If you would rather have a rookie nose tackle than a Hall of Fame corner, I think you are a crazy person.

What you are suggesting is a. something that would only happen in Madden, and b. not even a good idea if you were playing Madden. If you like Fairley that much, bundle some picks and trade up from the second round into the back of the first. Or down from #11. Whatever.

by Randy Hedberg (not verified) :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 1:23pm

If Dan Snyder saw fit to give Haynesworth $100M, what will he pay Asomugha? 150M?

by Junker23 :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 1:26pm

That would make DeAngelo Hall very busy.

by MC2 :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 9:26am

That combo has already been tried, with disastrous results (for Hall at least).

by slipknottin :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 1:40pm

Will be very interesting where he winds up. Anyone seen a list of what teams have the lowest payroll? I know the bucs and chiefs are on there, but not sure if either of them would be willing to put a ton of money into a free agent.

by FooBarFooFoo (not verified) :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 2:02pm

"[...] Asomugha’s deal included a little-known clause that said his contract would void if he didn’t achieve his not-likely-to-be-earned incentives in 2010 -- and he didn'’t. [...]"

Can anybody elaborate on why you would put not-likely-to-be-earned incentives in a contract in a year where there is no salary cap?

These things were mostly used for cap shenanigans in the past (likely-to-be-earned to push money from the current season to the next season if the LTBE was not reached, like the infamous "six blocked punts in a season". The team would be credited in the next season. NLTBE is the opposite ... move cap space from the following year to the current year) ...

Additionally: Does anybody think any team will pay him more than he would have made from the Raiders? He was already the highets paid defensive player afaik, and Revis makes (way) less.

by Newjamarcus (not verified) :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 4:22pm

The provision seems odd, but from what I'd read, the Raiders had a club option that they were highly unlikely to exercise anyway, because his salary is so absurd (not saying he's not a great player).

This was a constant source of contention in the Revis-Jets negotiations, with the Jets saying $16m a year was a one-time aberration. I read that the Jets were quite open to a one-year patch on the Revis deal (not what happened) because they assumed Asomugha would be cut at the end of the year, eliminating that benchmark from future negotiations.

So given all that, I'd guess no one will pay him what he was making. I'd guess maybe $10-12 million a year

by FooBarFooFoo (not verified) :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 5:09pm

How much sense does that make? Giving Scrabble a new contract, paying him an absurd amount of money, only to cut him and lose him for _nothing_?

They could have traded him one or two seasons ago and gotten some good value out of him.

by Boo-urns (not verified) :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 5:07pm

The way the clause was structured, it sounded like it was written for the Raiders' benefit-- you want the highest contract ever for a DB, we want some assurances that you'll continue to play at a high level-- but not sure why they wouldn't have made this a club-only option. Don't see how this would play with the cap.

It sounds like it could very well be another example of bungling by the Raiders' front office.

by andrew :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 2:25pm

He had no interceptions? Did he have any dropped ones?

by frvwfr2 :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 2:28pm

He just wasn't thrown at much I believe, other than the San Diego game were Malcom Floyd made him look bad.

by Ryan J Harris (not verified) :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 2:30pm

RaiderJoe?? Your thoughts please

by Harris :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 3:10pm

Come to Philadelphia, Nmadi.The owner gives about two press conferences each year and the Eagles are the very model of consistency. We even have black jerseys if you get homesick.

Hail Hydra!

by Pass to Set Up ... :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 5:22pm

Apparently he was in play when the Eagles were talking to Oakland about a McNabb trade.

Asante and Nnamdi as starting CBs would make be cry manly tears.

The only concern would be that three of the four starters in the secondary would be 30+ years old, given Quentin Mikell at SS.

by Dean :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 10:39am

It actually makes a lot of sense. They need a CB and have shown over the years that they're willing to devote a lot of resources to the position.

by Nathan :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 1:18pm

First thing I did when I heard was text all my friends from Philly....

by Dean :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 4:06pm

If you're going to get your hopes up, this is a lot more plausible than pining away for yet another linebacker that isn't going to Philly no matter how many fans post gripes about it on the internet.

by Bryan Knowles :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 3:19pm

Come to SF, Nmadi. You can still do your charity work in the Oakland area, and not have to deal with Al Davis.

by frvwfr2 :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 3:53pm

Can't even spell his name. Why would he go there? Hahah.

by Thok :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 4:51pm

Given that he's lived in California for most of his life, staying in the area makes a lot of sense.

by Boo-urns (not verified) :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 5:09pm

not sure the 49ers would give him the big contract, although I guess they did once give an enormous contract to Nate Clement.

by MC2 :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 9:28am

By now, I would think he's used to playing for a team whose fans misspell stuff.

by Andrew Potter :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 9:42am

I'm sure "Fanbase Spelling Ability" is right up there with "Font Size on Road Signs" in Nnamdi's list of things to consider.

by Monkey Business (not verified) :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 4:26pm

Come to Indy, Nnamdi. We're the anti-Raiders. Sane, well-respected owner. Current winning tradition. Settled QB and head coach position. Value character and intelligence over pure talent. You'll make less money, but your chances of winning a Super Bowl are higher here than almost anywhere else. You'll win more games in your first season than any three years in your career combined.

by frvwfr2 :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 4:33pm

New England he would have a better chance imo. Imagine what Belichick could do with 2 good CBs.

by FooBarFooFoo (not verified) :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 5:12pm

The Pats do have two good CBs ... Bodden is on IR the whole season. Even though I expect some regression from McCourty next season, the position looks way better than the past years.

by JonFrum :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 9:07pm

Why would you expect regression? Because he's young and improving?

by Mr Shush :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 10:56pm

Because he just had seven interceptions. Big interception totals nearly always regress. Has Dunta Robinson ever had another year as good as his rookie season?

by MC2 :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 9:32am

Statistically, regression is very likely, but not necessarily the actual level of play. One reason rookies often have huge interception totals (Rogers-Cromartie would be another example) is because teams like to "test" them to see what they're made of. Once they've proven themselves, teams will begin to avoid them a lot more. Of course, that doesn't mean they're playing any worse, or that they're any less valuable to their team.

by Mr Shush :: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 10:02am

I get what you're saying, and there's certainly some truth in it. At the same time, interceptions are very valuable, so it's possible the value of his play could decline after a season like that even as the quality of his performance improved.

It's also entirely possible for corners to actually decline after their rookie seasons. Robinson and Fred Bennett spring to mind. This may say something about the quality of DB coaching in Houston over the years . . .

Finally, CB play seems to be hugely variable year-on-year. It really doesn't seem to follow that because a corner was good in year n, he will be good in year n+1. See Lito Shepherd, for example.

McCourty looks great. I expect he'll have a good career. But there's no guarantee he'll be better in 2011 than 2010.

by tuluse :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 4:41pm

Indy would probably be the worst use of his talents of any team he could go to.

by Dave Bernreuther :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 5:04pm

One would hope they'd change some schemes to account for his skills.

No way they'd spend the money though.

The Pats might, though, as noted. I'd prefer not imagining that. Frightening.

by Wat (not verified) :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 4:48pm

"Value character and intelligence over pure talent."

Like Pat McAfee and Eric Foster? On the team for their character rather than their talent, right?

by Dave Bernreuther :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 5:00pm

Getting drunk is a character flaw?

Foster was falsely accused. Even moreso than Ben.

by Wat (not verified) :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 6:08pm

I agree that Foster was falsely accused, but I'm a Steelers fan living in Indiana. Colts fans never let me get away with saying that Ben was falsely accused, so I never let them get away with saying that Foster was falsely accused. If accusation = guilt in their minds, it applies to Foster too.

As for McAfee, meh, I could care less. Getting drunk may not be a character flaw, but getting incredibly wasted in public and making a fool of yourself doesn't exactly scream "upstanding character" either.

by MC2 :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 9:34am

He's just following in the long Colts tradition of "liquored up idiot kickers".

by Purds :: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 10:52am

Ding! Ding! Ding! -- We have a winner!

by otros :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 5:28pm

Have you seen Irsay's twitter feed? I would never describe him as "sane".

by MCS :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 10:34am

Do you know that there is a fake Irsay on Twitter?

Instead of a capital I, he uses a lower case l.

by RowdyRoddyPiper :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 7:40pm

I'm not sure after last night if I'd be glad that the head coaching position is "settled". Caldwell is utterly without a clue. And as for the owner, sins of the father and all that.

by justanothersteve :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 4:58pm

I'd love for him to go to the Packers. The last FA CB signed out of Oakland turned out pretty good.

by Arkaein :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 11:37pm

No way. Even if GB wins the Super Bowl and Woodson retires, GB already has two young starting CBs. Williams is a future Pro Bowler, and Shields is a starting CB in all but the name (since Woodson has played almost exclusively out of the slot the second half of the season).

GB also has a lot of money tied up in the secondary already, between Woodson, Williams, and Collins. They'll probably draft a guy to groom for a spot in the Nickel after Woodson does hang up his cleats, but no way are they in the market for a big ticket free agent CB.

by Alexander :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 12:54am

As a bears fan this was my first thought:


by Insancipitory :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 5:57pm

I think Mr. Asomugha would love it up in Seattle. Young DB's to mentor, a relaxed cosmopolitan city, with plenty of entertainment options, unparalleled entrepreneurial access, a festive home game enviroment. Wouldn't it be fun to win a playoff game every year?

by JonFrum :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 9:12pm

Not worth the money - no matter what. A cornerback can shut down one offensive player - on passing downs only. A defensive lineman can affect every down. Even with the current extreme favoring of the passing game, I wouldn't pay a cornerback the biggest contract in the league, no matter what.

by Mr Shush :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 11:01pm

If you add a top cornerback, your former CB1 becomes your CB2, your CB2 becomes your nickel back, and so on. That improves your man coverage on all wide receivers, not just the one the new corner is covering. Moreover, if your new CB1 is in the rare category of guys who, like Asomugha and Revis, can shut down an elite wide receiver with minimal safety help, that allows you to either modify coverages to give more protection to your other corners, have better players covering running backs or tight ends, or be freer to bring a safety up into the box to stop the run, or send more men on blitzes without worrying about getting beaten deep. I agree that the most valuable position on defense is a dominant pass-rusher, but a shut-down corner is worth very nearly as much, and affects far more than just the guy he is covering. You don't think Revis was a massive reason for the dominant 2009 Jets pass defense? Because that was one of the best units of recent times, and it really didn't have much in the way of pass rushers.

by ChicagoRaider :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 3:08pm

An earlier poster pointed this out exactly for the Texans. When your #2 CB is claw-your-eyes-out bad, the value proposition is huge. But this only makes sense for teams that will make the playoffs, or advance farther, with the move. The Raiders are also in that group. What is the value of Nnamdi over the who-dat would-be CB2? The defense would have to switch to full-time zone, a new scheme.

As many earlier topics noted, up until now the Raiders have had multiple weaknesses that could be addressed. Concentrating so much value into Nnamdi was probably sub-optimal in some sense. Oddly, he was loved, but not really worth watching on the field because the play never goes to him.

It will be interesting to see who gets serious about him. I think the number is much smaller than most suppose.

by Raiderjoe :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 11:27pm

Team will move ona nd be fine. That si all. littlle too tired to post much elsle tonight

by Otis Taylor89 :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 3:40pm

Is it just me or every time you hear jaw dropping news about the Raiders, the 1st thing you think of is "What does Raiderjoe think of this?" or "Whar doea Raiderjoe thik oof ths?"

by Kevin from Philly :: Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:45am

Well, of course. RJ is the only legitimate source for Raiders info and opinions.

by Shattenjager :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 11:33pm

Am I the only one expecting that he'll end up signing with the Raiders anyway?

by Southern Philly :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 12:37am

I wouldn't be surprised if he did, it's not like the Raiders out right cut him, this was a clause-triggered action. That said, we know that the Cable firing has rubbed a lot of people in Oakland the wrong way and this is his chance to go some place stable and successful. Compared to other sports it is rare in the NFL that an elite player in the prime of his career with no serious health issues is a free agent. And he doesn't appear to be the kind of guy who will let money be the sole decider of where he goes.

by gratif1 (not verified) :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 5:14am


^nnamdi wants to win, bad.

by Mr Shush :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 8:43am

I don't think I'd ever actually seen an interview with him before. I've read several, but living in the UK obviously televised interviews with NFL players are few and far between. I wouldn't have thought it was possible to want to have him on my team more than I already did, but I think that's done it. I also think that those were the words of a man who will soon be a New England Patriot, and I don't see the necessity of dropping Bodden down to the nickel getting in the way of that. Which makes me a sad panda, because that lot are scary enough already.

by Andrew Potter :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 9:07am

What a brilliant, brilliant interview.

by Dingle-Doodah (not verified) :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 10:37am

That was great. He's not resigning with OAK, but will he concede $ to play for a winner?

by Shattenjager :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 11:40am

Are we really certain that the Raiders can't win next year (in the alternate universe where we know there will be football), though? I'm not.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 1:25pm

Well, they've been utterly terrible for the better part of a decade and just got rid of a coach whom the players seemed to respond to and helped lead them to their best record in years. While they haven't done anything incredibly stupid in terms of personnel in a while, they're only one draft removed from a series of inexplicable picks, plus the Javon Walker/Tommy Kelly free agent jamboree. Oh, and the owner appears to at best be insane and at worst a member of the living dead, who will quite possibly one day begin eating his players' souls.

Other than that, yeah, they look pretty good.

by Shattenjager :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 3:27pm

A. They were slightly below average this year by DVOA and finished 8-8.
B. They are in a division with one team that could well be headed for an 0-16-type season, one talented team with a clueless head coach who has a remarkable ability to overcome his team's talent level, and one team that has some excellent pieces but is incomplete right now.
C. Al Davis may be insane, but this guy at least was at one time a brilliant football mind. I'm not willing to write him off, in spite of "[Jamarcus Russell] is a great player. Get over it" or any "soul-eating" habits he may or may not have.
D. Personnel-wise, they currently have a mediocre quarterback, an excellent running back, a decent run blocking offensive line (albeit still awful in pass protection), and a decent if unexciting defensive unit.
E. I agree that the Cable firing seems nuts. However, apparently Al Davis thinks that the team's 2010 improvements were mostly attributable to Hue Jackson. I'm certainly in no position to make that call. Al Davis at least has more information available to make that decision, whether he made it correctly or not.

All I'm saying is that it's no certainty that they are going to be a doormat next year.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 4:35pm

Your initial question was "are we certain the Raiders can't be good next year" and the answer would be obviously "no"; that being said, the Raiders have been an utter laughingstock for almost a decade and I don't think anyone would argue that the great majority of Al Davis' decisions in recent years have been extremely questionable at best. Was he once a great football mind? Yes. Am I betting that, in light of one 8-8 season in a lousy division, he has suddenly reverted to brilliance?

(cue explosion and diving away from camera)


by Shattenjager :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 8:10pm

Allow me to say that I am not trying to suggest that Al Davis was brilliant, lost it, and is now back. He's not what Raiderjoe thinks he is. I just mean he may not be as far gone as most people seem to think.

I wouldn't bet on them winning either, but I don't think it's so crazy that no player who wants to win would consider playing there (which was where this conversation started, though it has drifted noticeably).

by Rocco :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 11:48pm

He'd look great on the Steelers, either next to Ike Taylor or replacing Ike since I think he's an FA after this season.

by FireOmarTomlin :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 12:03am

him being on the FA market might drive down the price to resign ike manos de piedra

Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.

by DGL :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 1:02pm

Honestly, I don't know about that. While I believe that an elite CB can make any team better, it seems to me that it's of less value to a team with a defensive philosophy like the Steelers than it would be to other teams. The key coverage skill set for a Steelers CB is to not get beat deep and to make good tackles on the underneath passes that you will inevitably give up by not getting beaten deep. I'm sure that LeBeau could come up with all sorts of nefarious schemes to make use of a true shutdown corner, but it's just not as important to the Steelers D. So it would be a poor value investment for them.

by CowWithBeef :: Wed, 01/12/2011 - 12:10pm

I don't think a lot of offensive coordinators are going to be comfortable with being unable to run and unable to throw to one of their receivers. That leaves Troy with even more ability to predict where the play is going. Then again the best counter to the Steelers defense has long been Tom Brady throwing short passes to lots of different receivers so I'd prefer a deep set of db's to a top heavy one.

by MJK :: Sun, 01/09/2011 - 11:50pm

Is he a free agent instantly, or once this year is done?

Can he sign with a playoff team this year?

by Mr Shush :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 12:38am

Although I don't know the specifics, I would say almost certainly not. There's just no possible way that could be allowed. It's not like he's been cut - his contract's just expiring.

by fooBarFooFoo (not verified) :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 4:40am

His contract ends when the league year ends. So no, he cannot sign with a new team until the new league year starts (usually start of March, currently unsure due to cba ...).

Generally: After the trading deadline, which is in October, if any player is cut by a team, he has to go through waivers (see Moss, Randy after he was cut by the Vikings). He only becomes a free agent if he is not claimed by a team.

by MJK :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 1:56pm

So things would get amusing if Oakland now waived him. He would have to go through waivers, and any non-playoff team could pick him up and end the issue...but it would buy them nothing because they would inherit a contract that ends at the end of the league year (and cost them nothing, because he's owed no more money unless he plays another game).

If no non-playoff team grabbed him, then the most poorly ranked playoff team could pick him up and actually play him, or at least deny potential playoff opponents from doing the same. I guess that would be Seattle (worst record), or possibly the Jets or Green Bay (lowest seeding). Wow, either the Jets or the Packers would get scary adding a good corner in mid-playoffs...

by Crosseyed (not verified) :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 10:23am

Come to Detroit!

by Kevin from Philly :: Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:49am

You really think he'd go to Detroit after all that time in Oakland? Detroit may be one of the few cities in America that's worse off than Oakland economically.

by ChicagoRaider :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 11:54am

I really wonder about all these people who think Nnamdi would go to a team that is dedicated to zone defense. It would be such a waste. Wouldn't he want a defensive coordinator who would be sure to be able to put him in man?

Mind you, some teams could easily change. Like New England. But they would never spend the money. Never.

by Andrew Potter :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 4:51pm

I disagree with that. When they think the player's worth it, New England will spend the money. Their staff just have a different idea of "worth it" to many fans and/or other franchises.

by Dave Bernreuther :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 11:26pm

Depending on the price tag, I hold out some hope and a flicker of enthusiasm that maybe the Colts might decide to take a run at him. They run mostly zone, but do play some man, and Coyer has experience in designing a defense around a very good corner in Bailey.

He would, of course, have to be self aware enough to only re-institute the stuff that worked and ignore the schemes that got himm torched and fired...

by Joseph :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 11:58am

I'll add my 2 cents--COME TO NEW ORLEANS!!! Gregg Williams would LOVE you! Can you imagine the blitz packages??
(Okay--I'll admit that any team with a "creative" DC would love to have him).

by Staubach12 :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 12:55pm

Of course, I want him to come to Dallas and be a better version of Deion Sanders (most of the talent without being a locker room talent). Jerry did it once. Here's hoping he does it again.

Honestly, though, is there a team out there that wouldn't love to get this guy? Even if you play mostly zone, you could modify your coverage to suit his talents. Dallas played zone in the 90s, but Deion was usually in man coverage on the opponent's top receiver

by @nonymous (not verified) :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 1:39pm

I hear Baltimore could use some corners

by BJR :: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 8:07am

Well, that could be feasible if the Ravens decided that Dominique Foxworth was too much of a risk after his torn ACL and choose not to bring him back. However, the priority for the Ravens on defence this offseason is undoubtedly to swiftly lock up Haloti Ngata, whose rookie contract is due to expire. That will surely cost them A LOT of money.

by Crymeariver (not verified) :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 3:09pm

I think the fact that Asante Samuel is currently playing for the Eagles tells us all we need to know about the Pats willingness to break the bank for an elite CB.
As for the Colts? Wow, Indianapolis positively sounds like Oz here, rather than a team burdened with injuries, a malconent star receiver, and two aging Hall of Famers. Sign me up.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 4:34pm

I think you can safely assume teams like the Colts, Bears, and Bucs would be less likely to make a run at him, just based on scheme--I have no doubt he could play the Cover 2, he's an amazing player, but it seems less likely a zone team would be as likely to pony up a huge salary for a CB as opposed to another position.

by tuluse :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 9:20pm

I will guarantee the Bears make no attempt at him. 1) They just went on a huge spending spree, so adding anything other than maybe one mid-level free agent would be a huge surprise, and 2) corner is just not that important to Lovie's scheme. As long as a player has the ability to not get beat deep and tackle, the defense can work with him.

by Andrew Potter :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 4:53pm

I think the fact that Asante Samuel is currently playing for the Eagles tells us all we need to know about the Pats willingness to break the bank for an elite CB.

I think it tells us more about their opinion of Asante Samuel than it does about how they value an "elite CB".

by Sergio :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 8:42pm

Nnamdi, come to Miami. We already have the disfunctional organization in all levels that you've come to know (if not love). You'll feel right at home.

Also, we can arrange some... er... personal moments with a certain Ms. Lopez for you. Just in case you need that one final push to make your decision.

-- Go Phins!

by Dean :: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 9:46am

Does that really count as an enticement?

by Kevin from Philly :: Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:51am

I gotta think it's better than offering him one (or both) of the Williams sisters.

by Dean :: Wed, 01/12/2011 - 12:17pm


by Raiderjoe :: Mon, 01/10/2011 - 11:19pm

N. Asomugha too smart of guy to miami for Jennifer Lopex and some other girls

by Shattenjager :: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 12:25am

So the ones who would have a real shot are, say, London with Rebecca Watson (Maybe Scrabble would switch to soccer?), St. Louis with Pamela Gay (Edwardsville, IL, appears to be pretty close to St. Louis), or Denver with Emily Rosa (Loveland, but that's not too far)?

by Mr Shush :: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 9:56am

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that you probably meant Emma Watson, the actress/model/all-around babe/(as it happens) former classmate of my little brother, and not Rebecca Watson, the blogger/podcast host. If so, I would point out that 1. She's actually from Oxford, not London, though she also has an apartment in Paris and 2. She's currently attending Football Outsiders U (or Brown, as I believe it's sometimes called). Yet another reason for him to sign for the frickin' Pats.

by Shattenjager :: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 10:56am

Your limb has broken. I would not suggest anyone else move somewhere for Emma Watson, because then they would be in my way! I was attempting to come up with women who, while attractive, would be known more for their brains than their looks. Pamela Gay is an astronomer/podcaster who is an active member of the skeptic community. Emily Rosa is the youngest person ever to have research published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, having published a study of therapeutic touch at age nine. She has since grown to be gorgeous and intelligent and actually graduated from a lesser campus of my college with the same major as myself (psychology). So, I meant Rebecca Watson. (Who, by the way, is considerably more attractive in person.) However, I should probably have dug more for different people, since Rebecca Watson and Pamela Gay are both married.

I would not ever mistake Emma Watson's name. I have a poster of her on my wall. And I definitely knew where she was going to school and where she was from (though unsurprisingly not the awesome fact that she was a former classmate of your little brother). And I'm happy to discuss Emma Watson even when she's not who I meant.

by Mr Shush :: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 12:23pm


So . . . What does Rebecca Watson have to do with London? I mean, she's from your side of the Pond, right?

Anyway, it's Carey Mulligan for me, please. When girls are seriously good at things, that's cool. When they're seriously good at something you're really interested in (acting, in this case), that's seriously double-plus-good. Besides which she is of course a babe. And hell, if she'll date Shia freakin' LeBoeuf, anyone's got a chance, right?

Whereas Miss (E.) Watson, bless her, while undoubtedly both hot and a smart cookie, is, um, not the world's most gifted thespian . . .

by Shattenjager :: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 1:04pm

Rebecca moved to London about a year ago. She married a guy who lived there (They actually had the wedding at The Amazing Meeting last year and put it on the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe live podcast from the event, which is why I remember it.) and left the country. Her attempts at faking a British accent, however, have not improved.

Honestly, I am going to disagree about Emma Watson's abilities at least to some extent. She's incredibly charismatic and fine at what little is required of her in her one role. The fact that she doesn't seem to have any interest in acting beyond it, though, makes me think that perhaps I'm being blinded by her looks. As a total and complete film snob who has once been a film student, this worries me just a little.

Best combination of talent at something and looks, for me, is actually Sharon den Adel, who is a great singer and probably top-5 worldwide looks-wise.

by tuluse :: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 4:55pm

I have to agree with Shattenjager here. I found Emma Watson to be by far the most believable of the child stars of the Harry Potter series.

If we are picking British actresses to fawn over, I'll choose Karen Gillan from Doctor Who.

by Mr Shush :: Wed, 01/12/2011 - 3:46am

Um, I'll give her most improved, in that I think she's gone from blindingly terrible to kinda wooden over the course of the series. Grint's clearly the most talented, but equally clearly doesn't give a shit and has been mailing it in for some time. And I guess at this point she's probably better than Dan "The Plank" Radcliffe. So yeah, maybe as of now she is the best of the central three, but that isn't that much of an achievement. Some of the kids with smaller roles are definitely better, for my money - Evanna Lynch (Luna) is I suspect kinda limited and probably couldn't do much else, but is perfect in the part; Bonnie Wright, by contrast, I reckon looks wrong for Ginny but is really quite a strong actor.

To be honest, I just really don't have a lot of time for the films. Prisoner of Azkaban, fair enough. Cuaron obviously had a clear sense of what he wanted to do with it and executed well, so while it's maybe a little bit cartoony/slapstick for my taste it's a fun watch and for my money a legitimately decent picture. Goblet of Fire's fine, I suppose - watchable, anyway. Order of the Phoenix is probably objectively pretty bad, but benefits by comparison to the book because it manages to largely cut the horrendous HARRY IS ANGRY section, and amuses me quite a lot through things like the bizarre Terminator 2 playground bit and my mate James' 1.5 seconds of not-really-fame as Young Remus Lupin, which prompted this awesome Youtube hate video by some random nutcase calling herself "MissRJLupin". 1, 2, 6 and 7a (aka the new Visit Britain campaign): ugh. No thank you.

And yes please to Karen Gillan on screen, but not for me in real life, thank you. Girl's like 8 feet tall. Great companion, though. Has the Christmas special aired over there yet? I've no idea how much lag, if any, you have. Because it's freakin' awesome. Thank God for Moffat.

by Shattenjager :: Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:52am

"Prisoner of Azkaban" is the only one I would actually say is good. I also liked "Chamber of Secrets," "Order of the Phoenix," and "Deathly Hallows part 1," but they aren't good (and I'm still angry that Hermione didn't spend the entire movie in that red dress in the last one). I do wish they would have ever again tried hiring a real director instead of going with people like Mike Newell (wimpy director lacking any originality who won't make something truly unwatchable but won't make anything good either) and David Yates (TV director who obviously puts no thought at all into how his "films" look, just like pretty much all TV directors). It could have been interesting.

Agreed on Evanna Lynch, but not on the rest. However, there's certainly no point in arguing about it, so I will leave it there.

by tuluse :: Wed, 01/12/2011 - 4:03pm

Well I have a confession, I never read the books and haven't watch all the movies either. I think I've seen 1-4, maybe the 5th one. It seems like Hermoine forms the emotional heart of the story, so I think she has a tougher role than the other two. Her performance was really the only thing I liked about the first movie.

As for Miss Gillan, as Spock once said "Having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. It is not logical, but it is true." I think BBC America usually has a 2-3 week lag during the season, but I'm not sure about the Christmas special. I find other ways of watching, and I agree it was great.