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Chargers discuss going after Nnamdi Asomugha

Nnamdi Asomugha, Ricky Brown

Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t going to be hurting for suitors in the free agent market — whenever it is free agency actually happens.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the Chargers have discussed going after Asomugha.  While the move is described as a longshot to happen, “the talk has been serious enough to mention.”

Asomugha played for Norv Turner, who thinks “highly of Asomugha as a person.”  The Chargers are a bit of an odd fit because they rarely spend a lot in free agency.   They also have a very good starting cornerback combination in Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason.

Still, Asomugha is a guy that is worth breaking your normal spending tendencies for.

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  1. hobartbaker says: Jan 13, 2011 4:48 PM

    I was going to comment on this story but I hate having to spell that name.

  2. joetoronto says: Jan 13, 2011 4:53 PM

    I don’t buy that for a second, no way in hell.

  3. qtraven says: Jan 13, 2011 4:54 PM

    Since the Ravens will be picking 32nd in the draft this year, I would think this would be someboby they would be interested in. Especially since we will be losing some veteran players after this year.

  4. mark0226 says: Jan 13, 2011 5:01 PM

    And it doesn’t hurt to drive up his price to stick it to the Raiders.

  5. raiders757 says: Jan 13, 2011 5:01 PM

    Only reason the dolts go after him, is in hopes of driving his asking price up in case the Raiders try to keep him on the team.

  6. hebephrenic says: Jan 13, 2011 5:09 PM

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    qtraven says: Jan 13, 2011 4:54 PM

    Since the Ravens will be picking 32nd in the draft this year, I would think this would be someboby they would be interested in. Especially since we will be losing some veteran players after this year.

    Must be some good inside info to know the Ravens will be trading down in the draft.

  7. joetoronto says: Jan 13, 2011 5:20 PM

    mark0226 says: Jan 13, 2011 5:01 PM

    And it doesn’t hurt to drive up his price to stick it to the Raiders.
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    You have to be joking.

    No way in hell would ANYBODY believe the Chargers would drop 18 Million per year on a CB.

    Well, nobody but you.

  8. theandy59 says: Jan 13, 2011 5:20 PM

    What a nice addition he would make in New England, paired with McCourty….

  9. 54bear55 says: Jan 13, 2011 5:24 PM

    Every team in the league would like to have Asomugha. This will be the highest demand for a free agent we’ve seen in a long time. There are NO red flags about this player. He’s has a great reputation as a person and teammate and he’s in the prime of his career with a clean bill of health. He will fit into just about any defensive scheme.

  10. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Jan 13, 2011 5:24 PM

    They can have him.

  11. tdk24 says: Jan 13, 2011 5:30 PM

    “mark0226 says: Jan 13, 2011 5:01 PM

    And it doesn’t hurt to drive up his price to stick it to the Raiders.”

    Ok, that is the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard. That would mean the Raiders pay more for him, and he has to play for them. You don’t “stick it to” the team you end up playing for.

    And believe me, Aso is probably the classiest guy in the league, he would not care about sticking it to anyone in the league. Why does everyone assume everyone else is so angry these days. Good players at some point end up pricing themselves right out of a contract. That’s how the business works.

  12. grimmlock42 says: Jan 13, 2011 5:33 PM

    Don’t get your hopes up Dorko226. It’s safe to say Nnamdi wants nothing to do with this division. I have no doubt Nnamdi is gonna be with a cold weather team next season.

  13. lanjoith says: Jan 13, 2011 5:35 PM

    It makes perfect sense. Jammer is getting older and there has been talk of moving him to SS. The Bolts haven’t found a SS since they cut Rodney. Jammer is excellent in coverage and is a hard hitter and sure tackler. Weddle, Jammer, Cason and Asomugha would make for a fearsome secondary.

  14. huejackson says: Jan 13, 2011 5:43 PM

    Asomough would never go to the chargers.
    Once again only fools think Asomough is going anywhere.
    Its so funny that people think he would actually leave the raiders

  15. ontboltfan says: Jan 13, 2011 6:02 PM

    Doubt it. They have 3 decent CBs now and enough depth to even let Nathan Vasher go. They also spent 4 #1 draft picks on CBs in the last 10 yrs.

    Last damn thing you want to hear about if you are a fan.

  16. mark0226 says: Jan 13, 2011 6:10 PM

    People are so abusive on this site. Is it not possible to communicate without insults? Oh wait, you are Raider fans. I should be happy I didn’t get shanked.

    If the Chargers show interest, along with other teams, this will drive up his price, which will result in one of two things: 1) he leaves the division, weakening the secondary of a team the Chargers play twice, or 2) the Raiders have to pay more to keep him, thus weakening the rest of the team.

  17. tombradyfumbled says: Jan 13, 2011 6:15 PM

    Hmmmm….I don’t think Nnamdi would go to another team in the AFC West. You guys can imagine all you want but there’s two men whom Nnamdi could never do that to. Al Davis and Willie Brown. Sorry Charger fans. And what you guys fail to realize is that Nnamdi is not all about the money. Last I heard, he still drives the same Mazda he had when he graduated college. Nnamdi was given the contract that Al Davis felt he deserved. And Al takes care of his players. Nnamdi is the shutdown corner that he is today because Al Davis singled him out at practice and moved him from safety where he played in college. He got his big payday because of one man. And he will do whatever it takes to pay him back.

  18. natelan says: Jan 13, 2011 6:28 PM

    Whoa… As a Chargers fan, I don’t know how to feel about this… I’m an AJ Smith fan, I supported him against McNeill and VJ, and now he wants to sign a monster free agent? Chargers never sign monster free agents… It’s usually US who lose the monster fish… I would pass on this guy, cause no corner back is worth that much money… I mean, if we get him, cool, I guess… But I could definitely live without him…

  19. natelan says: Jan 13, 2011 6:30 PM

    tdk24 says:Jan 13, 2011 5:30 PM “mark0226 says: Jan 13, 2011 5:01 PM
    And it doesn’t hurt to drive up his price to stick it to the Raiders.”
    Ok, that is the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard. That would mean the Raiders pay more for him, and he has to play for them. You don’t “stick it to” the team you end up playing for.
    And believe me, Aso is probably the classiest guy in the league, he would not care about sticking it to anyone in the league. Why does everyone assume everyone else is so angry these days. Good players at some point end up pricing themselves right out of a contract. That’s how the business works.
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    Hey dummy, he’s suggesting that the CHARGERS would be sticking it to the Raiders by driving up the price, not Nnamdi…

    Raiders fans all learn to read in prison…

  20. tombradyfumbled says: Jan 13, 2011 6:32 PM

    And one more thing…What’s wrong with the Chargers GM? Isn’t that the same guy who traded away Drew Brees in his prime? To role with Phillip Cry me a Rivers? I promise you guys he will never get you that elusive ‘first’ Super Bowl Victory…I sure hope seymore has one more b%itch slap left in him. Can’t think of anybody more deserving of one than poor little phillip and his playoff losses.

  21. stockpickgame says: Jan 13, 2011 6:35 PM

    @Huejackson

    The only fool is you. Professional Football is a business. Money is the motivating factor, but actually playing on a winning team is a close second. When the Crypt Keeper showed Cable the door, said Crypt Keeper slammed the door on winning any time soon. Cable has his detractors, but the players loved him and bought into the system. If you are Aso, how many coaches have you played for during your time in Oakland? How many of them did Aso respect? Al’s deflating behavior will force FA’s who would have stayed had Cable remained, to leave. Personally, I love the Raiders, but until Al gets out of the way of his walker-this team is going nowhere. I think you will see this time around, that players won’t care whether Al offers them big $ to stay. Lechler may not speak for the entire team, but it’s hard to imagine he’s alone in his assessment of the situation. If I’m Aso, I take less $$$, and go to a franchise with stability. Same for Zach Miller, Gallery, Bush. As for the Kingsford Charcoal Twins- Routt and Huff, here’s hoping that Uncle Al cuts them off from the money coffins.

  22. sdboltaction says: Jan 13, 2011 7:00 PM

    Aj doesn’t even spend money on his own pro bowlers. Why would he bring anyone else in for big money? Who was the last big name they brought in to SD from free agency?

    Exactly.

  23. rraider says: Jan 13, 2011 7:01 PM

    Didn’t the chargers lead the league in offense and Defense? I’m not sure what, other than Norv, their problem is but if we can get them to spend 15 mil on nnamdi it may take them longer to figure it out.

  24. rushmatic says: Jan 13, 2011 7:32 PM

    theandy59 says:

    What a nice addition he would make in New England, paired with McCourty….
    __________________

    Are you serious? Win or lose in the playoffs this year, NE’s secondary will be much better next year with Leigh Bodden healthy. Asomugha is a character guy and a top 5 CB, but we don’t need him at all. Completely disagree.

  25. raiderapologist says: Jan 13, 2011 8:18 PM

    tombradyfumbled says: Jan 13, 2011 6:15 PM

    And what you guys fail to realize is that Nnamdi is not all about the money. Last I heard, he still drives the same Mazda he had when he graduated college.
    —————
    I believe it’s a hand-me-down Nissan he got from his brother, but he says it’s not his only car. I don’t see him signing with San Diego, but not because of any loyalty to Al or Willie. I would guess Green Bay is where he would like to end up.

  26. freedomispopular says: Jan 13, 2011 8:22 PM

    Hey geniuses, he won’t be back in Oakland. If they still wanted him, they wouldn’t have put that provision in his contract.

  27. southtexasraider says: Jan 13, 2011 8:32 PM

    LMFAO!

  28. tooz56 says: Jan 13, 2011 8:36 PM

    The Chargers wont even pay their own players what they deserve, no way will they pay Nmandi what he is worth. I hope he returns to the Raiders…and it’s coffers, not coffins. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/coffer

  29. tombradyfumbled says: Jan 13, 2011 8:38 PM

    freedomispopular..since you are such a genius…what are the odds of him not getting one pick or one forced fumble in 16 games? Or whatever other single stat would have kept his contract from becoming void? I think probably they felt like he would probably accomplish one of those. On the other hand, now they can sign him back for less money because he’s not leaving Oakland.

  30. jagerbolt says: Jan 13, 2011 8:57 PM

    @tombradyfumbled

    And one more thing…What’s wrong with the Chargers GM? Isn’t that the same guy who traded away Drew Brees in his prime?
    ___________________

    Actually Brees had suffered a severe shoulder injury last game of the season against the Chiefs. He had only 2 teams interested in him in FA. The Dolphins & Saints. And the Dolphins went with Dante Culpepper. So it’s not like Brees was a superstar then, and they had Rivers waiting to take over.

  31. vikescry1 says: Jan 13, 2011 9:08 PM

    or maybe they weren’t smart enough to see he had those provisions in his contract. we’ll take him in greenbay, not that we really need him but WE LIKE TALENTED PLAYERS HERE. but i don’t see him coming to greenbay cuz it’s not what TT does often. (freeagents)

  32. radrntn says: Jan 13, 2011 9:13 PM

    gimme a break…..every team in the nfl will go after nnamdi….but lets get real here…once a raider always a raider.

  33. radrntn says: Jan 13, 2011 9:31 PM

    @natelan says:
    Jan 13, 2011 6:28 PM
    Whoa… As a Chargers fan, I don’t know how to feel about this… I’m an AJ Smith fan, I supported him against McNeill and VJ, and now he wants to sign a monster free agent? Chargers never sign monster free agents… It’s usually US who lose the monster fish… I would pass on this guy, cause no corner back is worth that much money… I mean, if we get him, cool, I guess… But I could definitely live without him…

    it’s ok he will not go the chargers..odds are he will come back to the raiders ….but in all reality this is all mental masturbation….raiders are doing nothing but unloading as much payroll as they can until the new cba is in place in 2012

  34. dandemanthejetsfan says: Jan 13, 2011 9:49 PM

    Cue the “Bermuda Triangle” Revis, Asomugha, and Cromartie… Now where u gonna throw it??

  35. natelan says: Jan 13, 2011 10:13 PM

    tombradyfumbled says:Jan 13, 2011 6:32 PM And one more thing…What’s wrong with the Chargers GM? Isn’t that the same guy who traded away Drew Brees in his prime? To role with Phillip Cry me a Rivers? I promise you guys he will never get you that elusive ‘first’ Super Bowl Victory…I sure hope seymore has one more b%itch slap left in him. Can’t think of anybody more deserving of one than poor little phillip and his playoff losses.
    —————————

    Seymour is not going to be a Raider next year. Congrats on your stellar 8-8 season this year. That’s almost like winning the Super Bowl for the Raiders. And with an all new coaching staff and losing your nose tackle and star corner back, enjoy your 0-16 season next year.

    Wait, you play the Lions and Broncos next year, so maybe 3-13 if Jamarcus..err..Jason Campbell out performs himself again.

  36. stockpickgame says: Jan 13, 2011 10:18 PM

    @tooz56…

    I used the word coffins to illustrate the vampire that is Al Davis. So much for the sarcasm-it is obviously over your head. You must be a product of the Oakland school system…

  37. wildbirdoffense says: Jan 13, 2011 10:28 PM

    dandemanthejetsfan — first off, neither of those guys would want to play nickel, so thats reason one for forgetting about that. Two, Cromartie is also a free agent….you’re going to have pick and choose. Three, they’re going to throw it wherever Jay Cutler threw it when he dropped 38 on y’all.

  38. sdchargers25 says: Jan 13, 2011 10:39 PM

    Not gonna happen. Lord of no rings also has no balls

  39. loytomaki says: Jan 13, 2011 11:11 PM

    He had stated / leaked that the teams he WANTS to go to are the Packers or Jets. This was reported a few places. Ted Thompson doesn’t spend a lot in free agency so it is doubtful, but he did pay Woodson and gave him a raise the day after Revis got his deal (for about the same money). It is not out of the realm of possibility that they try to get him, since Woodson will likely spend his last few years at safety. But again, I would not hold my breath. The bigger story is that players are wanting to play in Green Bay again. If Cromarti is a free agent, it would be possible that they let him go and “upgrade” to Asomugha but I do not think Asomugha would be a god locker room fit for the Jets, that said it is probably more likely that he goes there then the Packers.

  40. natelan says: Jan 13, 2011 11:52 PM

    radrntn says:Jan 13, 2011 9:13 PM gimme a break…..every team in the nfl will go after nnamdi….but lets get real here…once a raider always a raider.
    ——————-

    Is that like once a felon, always a felon?

  41. shaggytoodle says: Jan 14, 2011 1:09 AM

    vikescry1 says:
    Jan 13, 2011 9:08 PM
    or maybe they weren’t smart enough to see he had those provisions in his contract. we’ll take him in greenbay, not that we really need him but WE LIKE TALENTED PLAYERS HERE. but i don’t see him coming to greenbay cuz it’s not what TT does often. (freeagents)
    ____________________________

    I know TT doesn’t go FA route often, but he may consider this one, it would allow them to consider moving Woodson to safety. I also think that it would be attractive to Nnamdi, knowing elite QB there (not like when Woodson sign and no one was sure if Rodgers could play or if Favre was coming back). Right now it is mostly wishful thinking for me though.

  42. stanklepoot says: Jan 14, 2011 4:21 AM

    tombradyfumbled says: Jan 13, 2011 8:38 PM

    freedomispopular..since you are such a genius…what are the odds of him not getting one pick or one forced fumble in 16 games? Or whatever other single stat would have kept his contract from becoming void? I think probably they felt like he would probably accomplish one of those. On the other hand, now they can sign him back for less money because he’s not leaving Oakland.
    _________________________
    What exactly makes you so sure he signs with Oakland again? Not being rude, just asking an honest question. I have no idea who he’ll end up with, but Nnamdi is the one that will exercise that clause in his contract. It doesn’t seem to make sense to me for him to do that if he plans to stay in Oakland since he’s not going to be paid the franchise tag amount for QBs next year in any new contract, regardless of how high the demand is for him. If his intentions were solely to stay in Oakland, don’t you leave the contract alone and then let the Raiders decide whether or not to opt out or come to him to renegotiate? That would leave Nnamdi in the driver’s seat with the Raiders, and likely produce a higher salary since the specter of free agency would be looming over their heads. If I had to guess, I’d expect to see him sign with a team he feels is a real competitor. He’s getting to the age where the desire for a SB ring has to be nagging at him. That’s just a guess, however, and I’d really like to hear why this isn’t the case from the Raiders fans who are confident he’ll stay in Oakland.

  43. jlb10 says: Jan 14, 2011 10:49 AM

    stanklepoot says: Jan 14, 2011 4:21 AM
    What exactly makes you so sure he signs with Oakland again? Not being rude, just asking an honest question. I have no idea who he’ll end up with, but Nnamdi is the one that will exercise that clause in his contract. It doesn’t seem to make sense to me for him to do that if he plans to stay in Oakland since he’s not going to be paid the franchise tag amount for QBs next year in any new contract, regardless of how high the demand is for him. If his intentions were solely to stay in Oakland, don’t you leave the contract alone and then let the Raiders decide whether or not to opt out or come to him to renegotiate? That would leave Nnamdi in the driver’s seat with the Raiders, and likely produce a higher salary since the specter of free agency would be looming over their heads. If I had to guess, I’d expect to see him sign with a team he feels is a real competitor. He’s getting to the age where the desire for a SB ring has to be nagging at him. That’s just a guess, however, and I’d really like to hear why this isn’t the case from the Raiders fans who are confident he’ll stay in Oakland.

    Nnamdi did not opt out of any contract. Nor did the Raiders opt out. The wording in the contract voided the contract.

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