Surprising news broke today by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. In a stunning move, Oakland Raiders star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has become a free agent after his contract was void — just another classic move that makes the Raiders the Raiders.
Now comes the obvious question: should the Cowboys prepare to dish out anything Asomugha wants to bring him to Dallas?
Asomugha is considered by many to be one of the top players at his position. Outside of Jets corner Darrelle Revis, Asomugha is about as close as it gets to being a shutdown cornerback. So why shouldn’t the Cowboys try to add Asomugha to a roster that has a glaring weakness in the secondary?
There is only one reason not to sign “Scrabble,” as his teammates call him. He will enter next season at 30-years-old and is going to demand a huge contract. Do you really want to hand out top dollar to a guy who’s future is not with the team? Dallas has handed out big contracts to the secondary players before, and it has not turned out too well.
Even though Asomugha will be demanding a huge contract, expect Jerry Jones to strongly pursue him. Adding a top corner to the team will allow the Cowboys to shift focus in the draft. Patrick Peterson of LSU and Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara are currently at the top of the draft board, but a guy like Robert Quinn could be selected if Asomugha gets signed this offseason.
It is something the team will have to consider. Adding one of the top two corners in the league can only benefit a team, especially if that guy is a class act like Asomugha. He could come in and teach the young corners how to be a professional, and hopefully improve the way they play on the field.
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