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Asomugha would “love to be back” in Oakland

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When Adam Schefter of ESPN reported last Sunday that the contract of Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will void, making him a free agent in 2011, it was widely assumed that Asomugha will leave Oakland.

The assumption likely was fueled by the abrupt firing of coach Tom Cable, who led the team to an 8-8 record in 2010, and the dire words from punter Shane Lechler that Raiders free agents may flee.  Along with the perception of many that playing for the Raiders is equal to an involuntary stay at Alcatraz.

Regardless, Asomugha isn’t planning to jump the wall just yet.

There’s a chance, there’s a good chance,” Asomugha said during a recent flurry of appearances on ESPN and ESPN Radio, according to Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.  “It’s funny because I’ve been doing interviews all day and I hear a lot of people saying, ‘No longer an Oakland Raider,’ . . . but anything could happen at this point.”

He’s right, especially with the uncertainty surrounding the labor situation.  Peter King of Sports Illustrated recently mentioned that, if the labor dispute results in a lockout that lingers deep into the offseason and/or into the regular season, all free agents could be assigned to their current teams for one more season, at a markup over their 2010 salaries.  Even without such an extreme, but not implausible, scenario, the void of Asomugha’s contract means only that he’ll be permitted to sign wherever he wants to sign, including Oakland.

“When you go into free agency and have options, any team is up for you to be on — and the Raiders, obviously with me having been there for so long, have a great shot at it,” Asomugha said.

Asomugha’s contract voided based on a failure to achieve basic performance levels.  The contract would not have voided, for example, if he had only one interception.  If the contract hadn’t voided, the Raiders very likely would have cut Asomugha, since past performance under the contract had pushed his 2011 salary to the equivalent of the franchise tender for quarterbacks, a number that’s expected to exceed $17 million in 2011.

As we recently surmised, the Raiders potentially included the voiding mechanism so that they would be in line for a compensatory draft pick, if Asomugha leaves as a free agent.  If the Raiders had cut him, Asomugha’s departure would not have counted toward the convoluted formula based on net free agency losses.

The move also increases the chances of keeping him, since he hasn’t suffered the public indignity of being released.  “I would love to be back,” Asomugha said.

And he probably wouldn’t be saying that if the Raiders had cut the cord on his contract in order to avoid paying him franchise quarterback money.

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42 Responses to “Asomugha would “love to be back” in Oakland”
  1. clavette says: Jan 15, 2011 8:50 AM

    if free agency ever starts hed be smart to take a short deal for less money with a contender. many teams would look like a favorite with him in the secondary

  2. aimpai says: Jan 15, 2011 9:04 AM

    Why th Raiders “likely would have cut Asomugha” ?

    They paid him 28 millions the last 2 years. 17M for one more year isnt that big of a stretch, especially for a guy who allowed 1 TD and less than 600 yards the PAST 3 YEARS.

    Terrence Newman would have been pretty happy if he had those kind of stats for this year only :)

  3. bojack34 says: Jan 15, 2011 9:04 AM

    I want him back of course, but not at $15+ million per.

  4. xstaticonradio says: Jan 15, 2011 9:10 AM

    They paid him 28 millions the last 2 years. 17M for one more year isnt that big of a stretch, especially for a guy who allowed 1 TD and less than 600 yards the PAST 3 YEARS.

    Terrence Newman would have been pretty happy if he had those kind of stats for this year only :)
    ……………………………………………………………………………

    Terrance Newman would have been pretty happy if he had those stats for one GAME.

  5. radrz848 says: Jan 15, 2011 9:10 AM

    Once a Raider,always a Raider.Even with the state of the Raiders as it is,Mr Davis pays his players well.That alone will get him back.

  6. bobbyhoying says: Jan 15, 2011 9:11 AM

    One TD and less than 600 yards in three years? The Eagles’ secondary could do that on one play if the field were a little longer.

  7. jmclarkent says: Jan 15, 2011 9:13 AM

    I think that “draft pick” theory is asinine.

    The reason they added that provision was in the event that his play tailed off due to ineffectiveness/injury.

    Unless you haven’t noticed, the Raiders unload draft picks pretty freely. I doubt that the goal is to lose a top-3 CB (a position that they genuinely value) for a 3RD pick…

  8. JakeDSnake says: Jan 15, 2011 9:15 AM

    Who wouldn’t want to play for Al Davis alongside other great beasts like Miller, Bush, Seymour, Gallery and Huff?
    Now that the Raiders have gotten back to mediocre, a five year run on SB’s is next!

  9. rymexico says: Jan 15, 2011 9:21 AM

    Why would anyone WANT to be in Oakland?

  10. jgrange says: Jan 15, 2011 9:24 AM

    So, what you’re saying, basically, is that the Raiders did the smart thing in this instance even though you’ve been hammering them and their owner over the past 3 years? Why is it so hard for you to admit it?

  11. quentincosta says: Jan 15, 2011 9:29 AM

    Someone will pay the man a big number – think Dan “The Dunce” Snyder or Jerrah Jones…

  12. tombradyfumbled says: Jan 15, 2011 9:30 AM

    He would love to be back? To play for the dreaded Oakland Raiders again? That’s right people. This guy is a class act on and off the field and he will be loyal to Al and the fans as long as we want to keep him around. I say Al will find a way to sign back all our key free agents and still give Nnamdi $15 million a year. This is what happens when we get DBs who get to come to Oakland and learn form one of the greatest DBs of all time. Willie Brown. They become loyal. Unless they are egotistic arrogant punks who are all about themselves and not quite as good as they believe. For instance… DeAngelo Hall. And even though he’s not a DB, I just feel the need to mention Warren Sapp here. Thanks Al for getting rid of these dumb fools who could not appreciate the large amounts of money and JOB that you gave them.

  13. boltdaddy says: Jan 15, 2011 9:42 AM

    N. A. is smart very smart saying appearing to respect his employer, saying the right things and positioning himself for a nice bidding war. If he claims he is happy to go back to Oak that immediately makes them appear to be a bidder, smart kid.

  14. huejackson says: Jan 15, 2011 9:51 AM

    This once again is a non story.
    Asomough is staying in oakland. he knows it, the raiders know it and Raiders413 knows it thats why they all ready reported it and they have never been wrong yet,,,, JUST look at the facts
    R413 brokethe seymoure to oakland trade
    (pft said seymoure would not come to oakland)
    R413 broke the campbell to the raiders deal.
    r413 Broke that cable WOULD NOT be fired last year(shefter has been saying he has been fired for 10 years now even know hes only been coaching for 2 1/2.
    Raiders413 also reported a month ago that cable would not be back and hue jackson is already the new HC….

  15. joetoronto says: Jan 15, 2011 10:17 AM

    “If the contract hadn’t voided, the Raiders very likely would have cut Asomugha, since past performance under the contract had pushed his 2011 salary to the equivalent of the franchise tender for quarterbacks, a number that’s expected to exceed $17 million in 2011.”

    Where do you get this crap?

    If you knew ANYTHING about the Raiders, you’d know they would never cut him.

    Whatever.

    He’ll be back in silver and black, taking us to the promised land real soon.

    Just watch.

  16. onebucfan says: Jan 15, 2011 10:20 AM

    We will welcome you with open arms in Tampa Bay….That will add a solid piece to our defense…

  17. dandemanthejetsfan says: Jan 15, 2011 10:23 AM

    You can sign Antonio “my baby’s daddy” Cromartie after we sign Nnamdi to team up w Revis … Cue all the Jets haters..3…..2…..1…..

  18. lunarpie says: Jan 15, 2011 10:49 AM

    He wants to stay in Oakland because he knows how the team has recovered from the Jmarcus and Kiffin BS and will easily be over .500 next year. Although many people talk trash on Al Davis, he is an icon of the sport and maintains the original integrity that the NFL was built on. Nhambi will be back in Oakland, sorry Pigeon(Eagles) fans!

  19. raiders4life says: Jan 15, 2011 11:06 AM

    bojack34 says:
    Jan 15, 2011 9:04 AM
    I want him back of course, but not at $15+ million per.
    ——————————————————————-

    You remind me of the powerless guy/girl in the office who complains when someone requests the necessary supplies for the job and then later snickers, “I don’t know why they need that much (fill in the blank) that’s just being wasteful.” B!C¥H, are you signing the checks to get the quality goods for the company to succeed? NO! So keep your trap shut and let those with the juice do what they got to do, acting like it’s your $$$ If Al Davis wants to pay the best in the business top dollar, so be it!   

  20. scrapdawg12 says: Jan 15, 2011 11:06 AM

    Welcome to Philly Nnamdi. Get it done Eagles.
    On a side note, no CB is worth 15+ million. A great corner should make about 8 million. Only a QB and RB should make more than 10 million.

  21. hendeeze says: Jan 15, 2011 11:07 AM

    The move also increases the chances of keeping him, since he hasn’t suffered the public indignity of being released.

    Public indignity? Your giving Al too much credit

  22. bwisnasky says: Jan 15, 2011 11:16 AM

    why is this such a shock to anyone? He’s from Cali… he has all kinds of philanthropic efforts in the area… and when it comes to the players that HE wants to keep, Al will overpay as much as anyone (jerruh, and danny-boy) to make sure they stay in Oakland. Coaches? Nah. However, I also think Hue knows he has the job, but Al isn’t going to make any kind of formal announcement, probably not until he knows he has to pay a head coach next year. People who don’t watch the Raiders should just keep their narrow minded opinions to themselves. And those that love to think the Raiders front office is a mess, need to realize the old man isn’t as senile as everyone wants him to be.

  23. jdandcoke says: Jan 15, 2011 11:17 AM

    @danthesadjetsfan

    only a very stupid, STUPID team would invest over 32 mill (or more than 25% of the total team payroll) on 2 players….who play the same position no less. thats a recipe for disaster.

  24. ginop7690 says: Jan 15, 2011 11:18 AM

    Be careful Raiders fans with loyalty crap. N A is loyal to himself, his family and his career. Ask Cleveland how far believing inloyalty got them with thier God LeBron James. Wouldn’t surpise me at all if he takes less money to play for a contender. Makes the most sense that and getting paid the most which not only Oakland can do. With that said if i’m not a contender I don’t want him and the Lions better stay away. It’s utter stupidity to sacrifice a complete team for one great player. Build the front 7 have good enough DB’s and you’ll be fine. Plus how many true blue shutdown corners have a title in the 2000s? Front 7= more important then tone dominant CB. It’s the reason thhe Jets will continually come up short front 7 not complete same for the Raiders even though they’ve been trying to build the front 7 the lasr 2 years

  25. tdk24 says: Jan 15, 2011 11:28 AM

    “Why would anyone WANT to be in Oakland?”

    Because it’s the chance to play for the only owner that truly cares about his players.

  26. tatum064 says: Jan 15, 2011 11:29 AM

    JakeDSnake says: Jan 15, 2011 9:15 AM

    Who wouldn’t want to play for Al Davis alongside other great beasts like Miller, Bush, Seymour, Gallery and Huff?
    Now that the Raiders have gotten back to mediocre, a five year run on SB’s is next!
    ========================
    I guess we shouldve dropped 60 on you up at Mile High, eh?

  27. tdk24 says: Jan 15, 2011 11:36 AM

    “Be careful Raiders fans with loyalty crap. N A is loyal to himself, his family and his career. Ask Cleveland how far believing inloyalty got them with thier God LeBron James.”

    The difference here is that the Cavs never tried to help their star by bringing in more talent to help him. How many times did you see LeBron’s teammates just stand there and watch him, waiting for him to take the game over. Al is always trying to improve the team by bringing in new players to get him to the big dance. He’s not in it to sell tickets, he’s in it to win rings. Don’t ever compare the character of LeBron to Aso.

  28. bruizer61 says: Jan 15, 2011 11:37 AM

    He would look very good in Viking Purple!!

  29. rayguyreturns says: Jan 15, 2011 11:45 AM

    “ginop7690 says:
    N A is loyal to himself, his family and his career. Ask Cleveland how far believing inloyalty got them with thier God LeBron James.”
    ___________________________________

    Comparing Nnamdi Asomougha to LeBron James is like comparing Mother Teresa to Paris Hilton.

  30. ginop7690 says: Jan 15, 2011 12:08 PM

    I don’t know about that fellas LBJ was viewed no different then Namdi before THE DUMBCISION. All i’m saying be careful. I hear the same rhetoric up here with Calvin time to time. Calvin would never leave the Lions we’re turning the corner. He wants to finish this thing past 2012. All i’m saying don’t be shocked if he leaves for a contender. Look I doubt it but I give it 50% chance Raiders 40% chance he’ll go to a contender and 10% chance some idiot owner will outspend Al over a cornerback. Not a DE, or dominant LB, or franchise T/QB a cornerback. If Al is smart he’ll reall get that salary down or tell Namdi to bounce and build the front 7. I know many find that idiotic but give me a dominant collective front 7 with a beast safety over a overpriced DB and maybe 4 good pieces on the front 7. Ask me the Raiders front 7 like the Lions front won them more games. Not saying I wouldn’t want Namdi but at the price of Avril our best DE as some cap specialist have suggest please.

  31. snnyjcbs says: Jan 15, 2011 12:22 PM

    This Raiders Team is very young on both sides of the ball and is just starting to find themselves. As many of the other Teams around the NFL are growing old.

    I love hearing and reading all the words on Nnamdi by other Fans much like I did last time he was coming Free. It makes it all the sweeter when he resigns with his one and only team the Raiders.

    Nothing like watching the entire NFL standing in line to slobber all over themselves to try and get their hands on a “typical Al Davis Reach Pick” that people were laughing at and calling a BUST during his first 2 years in the NFL, how sweet it is.

  32. joetoronto says: Jan 15, 2011 12:34 PM

    As much as I respect and admire Nnamdi, I think it’s time for the Raiders to move on.

    It’s just too much money that can be used elsewhere and besides, he’s nearing the end of his days playing CB.

    I know he’ll want to stay, but we have to look ahead.

  33. lovechildofajsmith says: Jan 15, 2011 12:39 PM

    Move Jammer to FS and sign Nnamdi!!! C’mon Deano!

  34. bodybaggame says: Jan 15, 2011 1:04 PM

    I don’t know what stat is more mind boggling…

    1. The fact that Asomugha only gave up 13 receptions for the entire season, and is now a free agent because his contract voided because he didn’t reach performance levels.
    or
    2. The fact that the Raiders paid DHB 21.4 million this season for 26 catches and 1 TD.

  35. marcsasharc says: Jan 15, 2011 1:06 PM

    Lol these raider fans are delusional. Talking about how good Al Davis is and how loyal their players are. These guys actually think they have more loyal players than the other teams. Then we got a guy talking about Davis not being terrible at drafting players. Hows DHB over Crabtree looking? Or that safety Mitchell who was a projected 7th rounder going in round 1? Too bad he can’t see the field LOL. Just give it up already, your idea of the raiders is a far outdated opinion. Their organization sucks. Aso could stay but only if Oakland outlays everyone. Some loyalty!

  36. jibbajabbajaw says: Jan 15, 2011 1:17 PM

    @huejackson, who and wheres this Raiders413 I’ve been hearing about? Ive been trying to find someone who actually knows what the hell they are talking about when it comes to the silver and black.

  37. slickster35 says: Jan 15, 2011 1:29 PM

    He’s a goner, while saying all the right things.

    And he’s not the only one leaving that dumpster fire of a franchise.

  38. tombradyfumbled says: Jan 15, 2011 3:23 PM

    marcsasharc….Crabtree is a whiny arrogant ass. I would take DHB over him any day of the week. DHB has good character, does not complain, and is still just a kid who is improving. And there’s three things he already does better than Crabtree…He’s faster, he works hard at improving his game, and he’s pretty damn good at making a block down the field. Might I add that McFadden had the most 20 plus yard runs this year in the NFL. Largely becuase we have Wrs who can block. DHB will only improve and I would be happy with 40 to 50 catches from him but that;s not what we do. We run the football. And don’t dis Mike Mitchell. That guy is gonna be a beast at safety. Unfortunately for him, he is already behind Huff and Tyvon Branch who are both more experienced and playing good football. I think Mitchell had like 50 tackles this year and didn’t even start. Also he was taken in the 2nd round not the 1st. I will never forget how Mel Kiper Jr. shyt himself because he had no info on the guy. I loved it. Your wrong to evaluate Mitchell without watching his progress so far. He is a hell of a find.

  39. marcsasharc says: Jan 15, 2011 4:03 PM

    Tombradyfumbled- thats why you are delusional. sure Crabtree is no saint, but he has a ton more talent than DHB. you claim DHB is faster, yet his production doesnt show it. you claim he has good character and blocks downfield better, wow that is awesome. 2 things that are not necessary to be a great receiver. so basically as an actual WR, Crabtree is much better. thank you for proving my point. you dont draft WRs because they are nice guys and block well. then you directly credit Mcfaddens big runs to DHB, that is a big LOL dude.

    “i would be happy with 40-50 catches from him but thats not what we do”

    is this a joke? then why draft a WR in the top 10 if he isnt hoped to be a focal point? good teams have a good run game and a good pass game. Atlanta runs the ball a lot, so is Roddy White not necessary? how about Gonzalez? gimme a break with your weak arguments.

    Mike Mitchell is a beast at Safety?? since when? the players he sits behind arent beasts at safety so why isnt he playing more? thats right because he isnt a beast, at least not now. as of today, teh DHB and Mitchell picks are laughable at best, prove me wrong. i watch the Raiders play, and since im somewhat obsessed with the NFL, id bet i have seen your team play more than you, since i rewatch many games on a weekly basis. so get out of here with that nonsense. he isnt a hell of a find, unless he miraculously becomes a hell of a find. you are what you are, and you are still delusional. your name “tombradyfumbled” proves that to me.

    your organization is always in shambles and normal, logical Raider fans admit it regularly. the glass isnt a quarter full for your team, its 3 quarters empty.

  40. tombradyfumbled says: Jan 15, 2011 6:51 PM

    marcsasharc…you’re right man..I get the point. The Raiders entire organization is the worst in professional sports….Blah, blah, blah…You are the one that’s delusional. What are you a damn Chiefs or Broncos fan? DHB had the worst quarterback in the history of the game throwing to him last year. But I guess that doesn’t change things huh? Al Davis knows nothing about football right because he drafted DHB and Russell when they were both gonna be first round picks regardless. He did pass on Crabtree cause he is a horses ass as a person and I would rather have DHB out there blocking for McFadden than Crabtree watching McFadden run with the ball. Tyvon Branch is one of the best tackling safeties in the NFL. Michael Huff is finally living up the hype from when we drafted him with multiple sacks and picks this year. Mike Mitchell is a solid replacement if either one of those two go down or if we lose Huff in Free Agency. And yes, that SOB Brady fumbled. And since you watch so much football, go watch the damn replay again. And since you are such a genius, please explain to me how you can have an incomplete pass without throwing the damn football first?

  41. southtexasraider says: Jan 15, 2011 7:08 PM

    he will be back!

    also, this terrible towel thing is THE fahqin dumbest thing I have ever heard of….. what the fahq is so scary and terrible about a dam yellow towel!!
    fahqin stoooopid!

  42. marcsasharc says: Jan 15, 2011 11:04 PM

    holy hell man, if the Raiders were as good as you think, they’d be in the playoffs easily. your secondary is average, and thats with the best CB in the NFL. what does that say about your “awesome” safeties? they arent very good.

    and no the Raiders arent the worst organization ever, quit putting words in my mouth. your team has 1 of the top 5 worst owners in the league. he is old and senile and thinks he still has “it.” he was once a great owner, now your franchise is paying the price because he is terrible now. how can you not admit this?

    i dont even get how you are defending terrible draft picks. DHB is a bust and he isnt a good WR. he is probably their 3rd or 4th best WR on their team, and it isnt because the other WRs are great so dont pull another bs comment out your ass. DHB is a terrible route runner and has bricks for hands. ya his QBs suck, but the player around him perform better than him. you have more excuses for that? and keep pretending that you’d rather have a WR over another because he can block downfield. you dont draft WRs to be lead blockers, idiot. sure its a nice attribute to have but thats it. you want to credit Huff with being good and you use stats to back you up, but with DHB stats dont matter. your a homer and your arguments suck, like DHB and your owner. keep telling yourself otherwise and have fun having another crappy season next year.

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