There’s no shortage of opinions during this locked-out NFL offseason as to where Nnamdi Asomugha, the consensus top player available when free agency begins, will eventually land. Asomugha’s former team — the Raiders — are seldom part of the speculation.
Asomugha will no doubt command a high price, and most observers view the recent contracts given to DE Richard Seymour ($22 million guaranteed) and CB Stanford Routt ($31.5 million maximum) as deals that would exclude the Raiders from giving the two-time first-team All Pro another big deal.
NFL.com’s Gil Brandt explored the Raiders’ ability to re-sign Asomugha during his weekly live chat, and what could factor in to his return.
“Asomugha has a very close relationship with Willie Brown, who is now in the front office as the director of squad development,” Brandt said. “Asomugha is from the area, went to school at Cal, and it’s a strong possibility that (he could return), provided they reach an agreement monetarily. But after the last big contract, I don’t think the Raiders will want to go that route again. I think they want him, but don’t want to use all of their resources that Asomugha is looking for. The Raiders also signed Routt to the big contract, and drafted Demarcus Van Dyke in the third round.”