NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora envisions a scenario in which free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha ends up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but –- as he explained in his weekly NFL.com chat on Wednesday -– it might have as much to do with the new CBA as it does with actual team needs.
It has to do with the possibility of a higher “cap floor,” which would mean a team like the Buccaneers, with such a low payroll right now, would have to find ways to spend some money between now and the start of the season.
“I was talking to two GMs this morning and ran this very scenario by them, and neither disagreed,” La Canfora said. “The Bucs are going to have to set the market with a deal or two to get up to the cash thresholds if that ends up being in the deal. And while I hear Nnamdi would like primarily to go to a team that is seen as a perennial contender, he also knows money talks and he ain’t a spring chicken anymore. Remember, the Bucs put a pretty massive deal on the table for (Albert) Haynesworth a few years back as well. I could see them out-bidding others for Nnamdi (but that average per year is gonna be more like $19M than $16M). That would not surprise me.”
La Canfora noted that, with Aqib Talib‘s off-field issues and veteran Ronde Barber entering his 15th season, Asomugha certainly fills a possible need.
“Talib could be gone and Ronde is year to year at this point,” he said. “They have added some youngsters to the DL and need to address the back end. I also could see them being aggressive to add a weapon for (QB Josh) Freeman as well.”
For the complete chat, click here.