Count Texans among Asomugha suitors

In terms of sheer talent, Nnamdi Asomugha will by far be the hottest commodity among players who are expected to be available in the NFL free-agent market.

And lists are being compiled of likely landing spots for the man who established himself as one of the league’s best cover cornerbacks in eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

The Detroit Lions are often mentioned as a front-runner, especially because they didn’t address their obvious cornerback need in the draft. But don’t rule out the Houston Texans, even though they drafted two cornerbacks (Brandon Harris of the University of Miami, in the second round, and Rashad Carmichael of Virginia Tech, in the fourth) and a safety (Shiloh Keo of Idaho).

“We added some young corners,” Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. “But I still think, in free agency, we’re going to have to pick up some secondary people.”

Phillips didn’t specifically mention Asomugha, but he really didn’t have to. If the Texans are serious about improving the back end of their defense, the former Raider is the starting point in free agency.

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