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Asomugha void may have been aimed at compensatory draft pick

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On Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will become an unrestricted free agent, due to the fact that his contract has voided in advance of the 2011 season.  Couched as something about which the Raiders weren’t aware, we later were told by multiple sources that the Raiders knew about the provision.

Making the situation even more confusing was the fact that the contract voided not because Asomugha achieved certain performance triggers, but because he failed to achieve them.  Thus, the Raiders arguably wanted the deal to void.

The Raiders had a good reason to not want to honor the 2011 season of the Asomugha contract.  Based on his performance in 2009, he was due to receive a base salary equal to the franchise tag for quarterbacks, with the amount becoming fully guaranteed as of the fifth day of the next league year.  But why would the Raiders need to have the contract void when the Raiders could simply cut him?

Last night, during our weekly visit with Todd Wright of Sporting News Radio, the light bulb finally flickered.  With the contract voiding and Asomugha becoming a free agent, his departure will set the Raiders up for a compensatory draft pick in 2012.  If they had cut Asomugha, the loss of the player would not have been included within the convoluted formula based on net free-agency losses.

Sure, there’s a chance that the next CBA won’t incorporate compensatory draft picks.  But it was a viable device at the time the Asomugha contract was negotiated, and so something for which the Raiders widely were criticized actually may have been a stroke of semi-genius, allowing them to dump Asomugha without cutting him, and in turn possibly finagling an extra draft pick in 2012.

If, you know, there even is a draft in 2012.

UPDATE:  In a prior version of this article, we inexplicably confused the supplemental draft with the concept of compensatory draft picks.  We meant compensatory picks, not supplemental.  We apologize for the uncharacteristic but hardly unprecedented blunder.

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18 Responses to “Asomugha void may have been aimed at compensatory draft pick”
  1. benh999 says: Jan 12, 2011 11:43 PM

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  2. conjecture101 says: Jan 12, 2011 11:52 PM

    peace

  3. northernbeaches says: Jan 13, 2011 12:21 AM

    Maybe they can use the pick to select the next DHB…. or Russell…oh wait….

  4. indymag says: Jan 13, 2011 12:29 AM

    This is why the Redskins made a mistake when they resigned McNabb. They got a 3rd round pick for letting Derrick Dockery walk…and he even wound up coming back to them! They probably could have gotten a 4th round pick by just letting McNabb leave via free agency.

  5. patpatriotagain says: Jan 13, 2011 2:41 AM

    yeah get rid if the second best corner in the league so you can get a third round pick. that makes no sense…oh wait, it’s Al, nevermind…

  6. crossbuckpass says: Jan 13, 2011 5:55 AM

    Just like the Raiders….who cares?

  7. joetoronto says: Jan 13, 2011 6:01 AM

    “so something for which the Raiders widely were criticized actually may have been a stroke of semi-genius”

    Not to worry, the sheep will always follow you, Mike.

    If you say it’s true, they’ll believe it.

  8. joetoronto says: Jan 13, 2011 7:03 AM

    patpatriotagain says: Jan 13, 2011 2:41 AM

    yeah get rid if the second best corner in the league so you can get a third round pick. that makes no sense…oh wait, it’s Al, nevermind…
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    Ya, and 18 million dollars per year.

    Oh wait, it’s a Patriot fan, nevermind…

  9. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jan 13, 2011 7:26 AM

    Even a “semi-genius” would have known not to fire Cable (6-0 in his division) to replace him with a glorified position coach.

  10. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jan 13, 2011 8:10 AM

    he’s gonna end up back in oakland anyway. Al’s the only one who’s gonna give him the kind of money he wants…except maybe Daniel Snyder or Jerry Jones…but i believe he has said he wants to be a Raider for the duration of his career so i guess we’ll have to see

  11. savocabol1 says: Jan 13, 2011 8:18 AM

    “Making the situation even more confusing was the fact that the contract voided not because Asomugha achieved certain performance triggers, but because he failed to achieve them. Thus, the Raiders arguably wanted the deal to void”

    The Raiders can’t make him not catch interceptions, they can’t make him miss tackles/sacks, and they can’t make him force/recover fumbles. The only way they can do that is by sitting him out in the game, which they did not do. Saying that they wanted the deal to be voided due to the fact that he didn’t achieve certain goals is a far fetched conclusion. They may not have wanted the deal to continue but it is hardly believable it is for these reasons.

  12. armchairgm9 says: Jan 13, 2011 8:47 AM

    I read a stat the other day that only 11 passes were completed against Asomugha this season. No way that’s true, right??

  13. JakeDSnake says: Jan 13, 2011 9:10 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Jan 13, 2011 7:03 AM
    patpatriotagain says: Jan 13, 2011 2:41 AM

    yeah get rid if the second best corner in the league so you can get a third round pick. that makes no sense…oh wait, it’s Al, nevermind…
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    Ya, and 18 million dollars per year.
    Oh wait, it’s a Patriot fan, nevermind…

    ****
    Yeah, Al is still a genius for figuring out a way to get out from under that terrible contract that Cable gave Nnamdi and get a Third Rounder (guaranteed)!
    The rest of the GM’s in the NFL will always be playing catchup with Al – that’s why he has more NFL titles than 18 teams in the league, haters!

  14. joetoronto says: Jan 13, 2011 9:12 AM

    armchairgm9 says: Jan 13, 2011 8:47 AM

    I read a stat the other day that only 11 passes were completed against Asomugha this season. No way that’s true, right??
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    “Asomugha is one of the league’s best man-to-man cornerbacks, with most teams choosing not to throw to his side of the field. According to STATS LLC, Asomugha was targeted on just 33 pass attempts this season. He allowed 13 completions for 205 yards and no touchdowns, burnishing his reputation as a shutdown cornerback.”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6004943

  15. whynotusecommonsense says: Jan 13, 2011 9:22 AM

    joemontanawasthegreatest says:
    Jan 13, 2011 7:26 AM
    Even a “semi-genius” would have known not to fire Cable (6-0 in his division) to replace him with a glorified position coach.
    ————————————————-
    See, that’s the problem with fans who let their hatred for another team cloud their judgment.

    A person who wants and expects to win see’s 6-0 in the division and not win that division a failure. Teams in the same division play almost identical schedules. That you could beat everyone in the division, but not similar opponents says something is wrong. The coach could get his team ready to play opponents he has seen 2 times per year over the last 4 years, but others he couldn’t.

    That’s why it doesn’t happen very often that a team sweeps it’s division and fails to make the playoffs. In Davis’ eyes, the team should have made the playoffs. Cable didn’t suceed on a promise to make the playoffs. Cable’s contract wasn’t extended. Pretty simple really.

    Good luck with the next “great” college coach. Hope he turns out better than previous editions for you.

  16. tombradyfumbled says: Jan 13, 2011 5:46 PM

    joemontanawasthegreatest….the raiders went 6-0 in the division because Jamarcus Russell was not playing QB. Our team is and has been much more talented than KC,SD, and Denver but Russell was holding us down…3 and outs, fumbles, picks, unable to avoid pressure, no awareness… They went 2-8 outside of the division because Tom Cable was the coach and did not have them ready. Tom Cable is a damn offensive line coach and we have had one of the worst offensive lines the last few years. He put the rookie Veldeer at center for goodness sakes. A position he had never played before. Everyone laughed about Al Davis even giving him the damn job to begin with. And now the same people can’t figure out how we could let go of a terrible offensive line coach. You people amaze me. Al Davis gave a no name an opportunity at being the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and he failed. End of Story. Al would like to move on now. Because we should have been in the playoffs.

  17. tombradyfumbled says: Jan 13, 2011 5:49 PM

    And don’t get me wrong…I would love to have someone come in and coach this team for the next ten years straight. Just not Tom Cable.

  18. 1bigtex says: Jan 15, 2011 11:19 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s not a good idea to ever use the word “stroke” in a sentence when refering to Al Davis?

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