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Nnamdi Asomugha just got even tougher to sign

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During Al Davis’ recent epic press conference, he explained the difficulties in retaining cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

For the $17 million the Raiders paid Asomugha in 2010, Davis explained, the team could sign 2-3 quality players.   Makes sense.  So what does Davis do in his first huge post Hue Jackson move of the offseason?

He hands Richard Seymour a possible $30 million over the next two years, including $22 million guaranteed.  On a per-year basis, Seymour just became the highest paid defensive player in the league.

The Raiders were undoubtedly in a tough spot and the franchise tag can now be used on Zach Miller.  But they still overpaid.  We don’t think Seymour gets that type of money at this stage in his career.  He’s been very good the last two years, but only occasionally dominating.   He turns 32 years old this year.  That money is for a MVP-caliber player in his prime.

We mentioned this morning how difficult it will be to keep cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.  It just got a lot tougher.

This move could be a tacit admission the Raiders felt it was unlikely to keep Asomugha because Seymour isn’t going to be the highest paid defensive player in the league for long.

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  1. cw2147 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:07 PM

    What a good way to make this story from a positive to a negative.

    Raiders never had a problem signing players they wanted back on the team. They had to overpay Richard Seymore to keep him. He had a great year so he deserved it. jeeeeez

  2. Kaz says: Feb 16, 2011 4:10 PM

    Oakland overpaying? That’s nothing new…

  3. santorin4 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:11 PM

    Al Davis is so clueless it’s sad.

    Truely feel sorry for Raiders fans.

  4. tonymission says: Feb 16, 2011 4:13 PM

    Come to Green Bay, Nnamdi…

  5. acdrew22 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:14 PM

    He hands Richard Seymour a possible $30 million over the next two years,

    Why report a story when the facts are… “possible”… all the details of the deal aren’t even out yet…

  6. springy619 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:15 PM

    Not only does Al Davis need brain surgery, he also needs plastic surgery have you seen this guy!!!

  7. SpartaChris says: Feb 16, 2011 4:15 PM

    He also made it harder for the Packers to try and re-sign Cullen Jenkins, if they were going to.

  8. mattsffrd says: Feb 16, 2011 4:17 PM

    Nnamdi to 49ers confirmed

  9. JSpicoli says: Feb 16, 2011 4:17 PM

    The way you perma-spin anything to do with the Raiders is overwhelmingly lame.

    You should be the new WH press secretary.

  10. jbaxt says: Feb 16, 2011 4:17 PM

    They’re going to screw up their draft selections anyway so give up 2 1st rounders and get Peyton Manning for a few years… If they could get Peyton, Richard and Nnamdi, that would be more than Scary in 2011.

    Too bad it’s the raiders and Al Davis will find a way to lose all his top talent.

  11. alpod says: Feb 16, 2011 4:18 PM

    “He turns 32 years old this year. That money is for a MVP-caliber player in his prime.”
    An MVP caliber player gets that type of money per year on a 7 year deal. This is a good deal. nobody was a more dominant DT last year than seymour PLUS he’s a great locker room presence. Do you think Shaughnessey or Houston or Scott or Kelly would be the types of players they are without seymour?
    This is a good deal.

  12. supashug says: Feb 16, 2011 4:19 PM

    Zach Miller may never fully recover from his injury

  13. packfannchitown says: Feb 16, 2011 4:20 PM

    Way to keep wrecking the comparative salary scale there Al.

  14. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Feb 16, 2011 4:22 PM

    NA is over-rated.

  15. finfanbernie says: Feb 16, 2011 4:22 PM

    The union should just ask al davis to cover the diffence in the CBA. I bet he would go for it!

  16. raiderrob07 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:24 PM

    I suppose we will hear the same thing when Payton Manning signs his contract. He’ll be “past his prime” cashing in on 25 mil per. A lot of money for someone over 32?

  17. oldbyrd says: Feb 16, 2011 4:25 PM

    Nnamdi welcome to The Philadelphia Eagles

  18. nflguru12 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:25 PM

    Asomugha wants to be on a Super Bowl winner, he’s a lock for the coming Green Bay dynasty.

  19. babyjesus69 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:27 PM

    Hmm. Why the 49ers? Maybe cause they will pay him as much as anyone else in the league (see nate clements) AND he doesn’t have to move or uproot his family. The 49ers are for sure one of the favorites for Nnamdi’s services.

  20. raiderredleg says: Feb 16, 2011 4:27 PM

    Geesh Gregg it is only a two year deal not some of “Albert Haynesworth” deal type fiasco.

    From Jerry McDonald:

    The Pro Bowl defensive tackle has maintained in public he wanted to remain a Raider, and at these numbers, this deal serves as validation. Hard to believe he couldn’t have received more on the open market.

    For the Raiders, it’s a terrific deal. Now they can franchise tight end Zach Miller to make sure he doesn’t hit the open market and also don’t commit multiple years for a defensive lineman who is an 11-year veteran and may not have multiple seasons of peak play.

    As far a Nnamdi…It is up to him to decide what he wants to do. Remember this…For all of Al Davis’ draft “misses”, Nnamdi was a HOME RUN that no one else projected until the late second early third round.

    Davis is all about legacy…Al will give him the best offer he can and if Nnamdi wants to stay he does.

    If Nnamdi want to leave (ala’ Charles Woodson) he is GONE…Hate to see him go, but it is part of the game nowadays.

  21. vanderwerf says: Feb 16, 2011 4:28 PM

    Nnamdi Asomugha come on down….the coast to San Diego!

  22. bshinkle says: Feb 16, 2011 4:31 PM

    Except it’s a 4 year deal per Jason La Canfora.

  23. santorin4 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:33 PM

    How much crap will Raiders fans take before they perform a mutiny on Al Davis, or the league?? They will NEVER compete with him calling the shots.

    Deep Ball Deep Ball Deep Ball!!

  24. motorcitykitties says: Feb 16, 2011 4:34 PM

    The crypt keeper is at it again

  25. wetpaperbag2 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:36 PM

    jbaxt says: Feb 16, 2011 4:17 PM

    They’re going to screw up their draft selections anyway so give up 2 1st rounders and get Peyton Manning for a few years… If they could get Peyton, Richard and Nnamdi, that would be more than Scary in 2011.

    Too bad it’s the raiders and Al Davis will find a way to lose all his top talent.
    —————————————-
    Just like they screwed up the draft last year? LOL…clown.

  26. superbowlseahawks says: Feb 16, 2011 4:38 PM

    Tom Cable will be bringing Asomugha and Gallery to Seattle. Championship.

  27. JMil_ATL says: Feb 16, 2011 4:39 PM

    I love the Green Bay comment about DYNASTY. Green Bay has won how many in the last 10 years? Granted you won this year and look good for years to come with the young talent that you have but just ask New England and most recently New Orleans how tough it is to repeat. Super Bowl winner now…DYNASTY not yet.

  28. wetpaperbag2 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:40 PM

    Let’s be real here. Who ever said Nnamdi wanted to be the highest paid defensive player in the league in the first place? I’m sure Nnamdi wants fair compensation for a player at HIS position. Plus, Nnamdi is a class guy and is not a selfish person. I have met him several times and he wants to win more than he wants a ton of money.

    Have you ever met or talked to Nnamdi Mr. 3G’s? Has ANY of your staff ACTUALLY interviewed active players you talk about?

    (now watch my post magically disappear…like they do most of the time)

  29. mybuttsayspft says: Feb 16, 2011 4:43 PM

    This site is getting so comical. Seriously when has one huge contract stoped Al from signing other players. 2 years ago he made Aso the highest paid corner, Lechler the highest paid corner, Seabsss the highest paid kicker and Tommy Kelly the highest paid DT. Al always seems to make it work.

  30. 3octaveFart says: Feb 16, 2011 4:43 PM

    nflguru12 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:25 PM

    “the coming Green Bay dynasty.”

    Did you actually type that without laughing?

  31. cav2ya says: Feb 16, 2011 4:45 PM

    Nnamdi Asomugha,
    i hope you like cheese Steaks and Soft Pretzels and Yuengling Lager, cause you’ll be a Philly Eagles b4 the end of March!
    New Defense this season..time to get Mudd-y

  32. myasylum11 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:47 PM

    What makes you think Ted Thompson would want him?? Especially now?? You should know by now the only players he’s going to get is through the draft. He’s not going to Green Bay!

  33. ampats says: Feb 16, 2011 4:48 PM

    Lets see, last year Seymour made $12.5 mill and now he is getting 30 million for the next two seasons.

    42.5 million for three seasons ( 14 mill+ per). Glad to see Al still can manage the cap.

  34. swervinmervin says: Feb 16, 2011 4:50 PM

    Weak, Greg.

    The deal could be 4 years – 30 mil. That would make it an average of 7+ a year.

    So…. what are you talking about?!?!?!

  35. pftareraiderhaters says: Feb 16, 2011 4:52 PM

    leave it to pft to spin this. PFT first said seymour would not show up in oakland.Just the other day pft was saying how seymour would never sign a long term deal.

    Now here we go again with your hate…nnamdi will be back, and big rich is worth every penny. Name another d-lineman who can dominate inside or outside. plus as an added bonus we got the slap of the year on glass chin ben.

  36. ty46 says: Feb 16, 2011 4:52 PM

    Seymour was overpaid, so the Raiders don’t became a laughingstock of the league, when Seymour moves back to NE. Probably Bellichick planned to have back Seymour and the Oakland 1st round pick.

  37. rraider says: Feb 16, 2011 4:53 PM

    Tougher to sign? It was always going to be tough to keep nnamdi but how does:
    1. Best team record of his career
    2. Resigning of other biggest key defensive player
    3. Hiring his mentor Rod Woodson
    4. Owner willing to pay whatever he wants
    5. Most positive team offseason outlook since 2002

    I didnt know all this was going to make it harder to resign him. Hell we should have gone 2-14 again and then he would re-up in a minute.

  38. radrntn says: Feb 16, 2011 4:56 PM

    another factul speculation by Greeg “i hate the Raiders” Rosenthall. For the record NNamdi already went on bspn and said he would like to be back in Oakland. As hard as you might feel it is Gregg, Nnamdi will be back. It is very hard to go from looking distinguished in silver and black, to having to wear any other hidious color.

  39. paulnoga says: Feb 16, 2011 4:59 PM

    Al Davis for Executive of the Year!!!
    Broncos, Chargers, and Chiefs fans are pushing for it.

    That should keep in charge for at least a few more years.

  40. oaklegend says: Feb 16, 2011 5:05 PM

    Seymour is worth more to this defense than his onfield performance. He’s instilling a new mindset into the Dline (if you didn’t notice last year) and it’s taking players like Tommy Kelly to new places. He’s worth every dime.

    Nnamdi… my guess is that he’ll be back, but it’s a toss-up as to which of the two is more valuable to this team; Nnamdi or Richard. Frankly, I think Seymour impacts more players – while Nnamdi, obviously, brings class and top-notch performance to the team. I think he’ll want to work with Woodson and go with this team to the next level.

  41. pizzon says: Feb 16, 2011 5:06 PM

    he would look great in black & gold which is all we need for a few more titles.

  42. nodak2de says: Feb 16, 2011 5:14 PM

    welcome to Philly Nnamdi.

  43. gregjennings85 says: Feb 16, 2011 5:14 PM

    JMil_ATL:

    “I love the Green Bay comment about DYNASTY. Green Bay has won how many in the last 10 years? Granted you won this year and look good for years to come with the young talent that you have but just ask New England and most recently New Orleans how tough it is to repeat. Super Bowl winner now…DYNASTY not yet.”

    ________________________________

    Stop hating. 48-21.

  44. tdk24 says: Feb 16, 2011 5:16 PM

    Wait for 2 years and then talk about if it’s overpaying. We all know that Al Davis is smart when it comes to contracts. I bet he has something in there that only ends up paying him the guaranteed money in the long run or something. It was smart to put that out clause in Aso’s contract. Otherwise the media would be on him about paying $17 million to a CB. Besides, great DL’s are much harder to find than great CB’s. Aso took Woodson’s job in Oakland, i’m gonna laugh when he does the same thing to him in Green Bay!

  45. lunarpie says: Feb 16, 2011 5:17 PM

    cav2ya,
    Nhambi will never be an Eagle, Jeffrey Lurie is too cheap to pay him and the pigeons defense is not designed for him. Its good to know you defense’s style before you go and start thinking everything will change with the acquisition of one player. He will be a Raider forever!

  46. marcsasharc says: Feb 16, 2011 5:19 PM

    so they would rather give Seymour a big contract than Asomugha? what happened to “we can sign 3 players with that type of $?” ya, nice one Al. so if they do sign Aso, they will have likely 30+ mil to 2 players on defense? okie doke. lol

  47. bigdogg34 says: Feb 16, 2011 5:22 PM

    Nnamdi is gonna look awesome in purple next year!

  48. jackbassett says: Feb 16, 2011 5:23 PM

    To clarify, Namndi’s full salary wasn’t “transferred” so to speak to Seymour. Seymour was paid $12 mil+ last year and Namndi was paid about $16 mil, for a total of $28 between the two. Even at $15 mil for Seymour, Al still has $13 mil to reinvest in Namndi or in the other “2-3 quality” players he spoke about at Cable’s neutering last month.

  49. unclecaptainshane says: Feb 16, 2011 5:23 PM

    Al Davis throws around money likes he prints it himself. Paying one player a ton doesn’t mean he won’t turn around and pay another. He has done it for years. It’s just hard for all the haters to understand because this time he is paying good players. Not Javon Walker.

    And @cav2ya I like all those things, but I think Nnamdi would be more interested in being coached by a Hall-of-Fame DB than a career offensive line coach.

  50. joetoronto says: Feb 16, 2011 5:24 PM

    What a bunch of pathetic jealous losers here.

    Batten down the hatches, the Raiders are coming to a town near you.

  51. backinblack67 says: Feb 16, 2011 5:31 PM

    All you haters better hope Aso winds up on another team. He is the the best DB in the NFL right now and will more than likely be a Raider next year. He learned most of his skills from hanging with Woodson, and I think he will come back to Oakland to learn a bit more.

  52. marcsasharc says: Feb 16, 2011 5:31 PM

    wetpaperbag met Asomugha several times and he knows for sure who he is and what he wants most in life.

    classic.

  53. jrmbadger says: Feb 16, 2011 5:32 PM

    While I’d love for Nnamdi to come to Green Bay, he’d have to take a steep discount because Ted won’t overpay. Not only that, but the Packers don’t need him. We have Tramon Williams, Charles Woodson, and Sam Shields. I suppose Wood could move to safety, but we already have some decent talent at safety with Collins, Bigby, Burnett and Peprah.

    Those “I wanna go to a championship team” discounts players sometimes give sound nice, but when part of your salary is victories, sometimes those players can get bitter and become a distraction when things aren’t going so swell (like what happened during the middle of this season for the Pack). The last thing we need in the locker room is a distraction.

  54. acdrew22 says: Feb 16, 2011 5:36 PM

    BleedingSilverAndBlack says:
    Feb 16, 2011 4:22 PM

    NA is over-rated.
    13 receptions allowed 0 tds in 14 games… its hard to say when everyone is scared to throw his way, in my opinion, he shuts down #1 receivers

  55. ocdn says: Feb 16, 2011 5:43 PM

    The Crypt Keeper is the one thing holding the Raiders back.

  56. ninjapleazee says: Feb 16, 2011 5:49 PM

    “overpaid? never heard of it” – Javon Walker

  57. JMil_ATL says: Feb 16, 2011 6:18 PM

    @gregjennings85

    It’s not hating if it’s FACTS. We beat you 20-17 the first game. Your game is just the one that mattered. If NY Giants and Philly had done their jobs in the regular season end then you wouldn’t have even been in the playoffs.

    I gave credit for the Super Bowl win. I’m just not going to go overboard and say 1 win makes a DYNASTY.

    I think you need to pass more than you puff. You’ll be able to think more clearly.

  58. tombradyfumbled says: Feb 16, 2011 6:19 PM

    Ummm…Rod Woodson is coaching DBs for the Raiders this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nnamdi plays for free. …He’s not going anywhere people. He now has 3 people he respects too much to leave. HOFamer Al Davis who drafted him too high according to the experts and convinced him to move from safety to corner where he made his millions, HOFamer Willie Brown who’s probably like a second father or grandpa, and now HOFamer Rod Woodson who is considered one of the best to ever play his position. Throw in the fact that Al Davis probably only has a few years left and Nnambi makes his decision with ease. He stays with the people that got him where he is today. Out of respect for his elders. That’s what people with high character do… That’s what Nnamdi will do. Your paragraphs above are pointless speculation. As much as you would like Nnambi to leave…he’s not going anywhere…so do yourself a favor and find something else to write about that possibly could happen. Like the great Tom Cable beating some poor woman in Seattle.

  59. marcsasharc says: Feb 16, 2011 6:24 PM

    the raider fans who think Aso is overrated or not as important as Seymour are the only delusional people here.

  60. illumination666 says: Feb 16, 2011 6:29 PM

    Nnamdi is staying in Oakland. Al Davis doesn’t overpay players but gives them what he feels is right. Seymour may have been a stretch buy that’s just how Al is and we know this…
    Nnamdi loves Oakland, loves the community, and loves playing for the silver and black. Plus you have to take in consideration of the hiring of Rod Woodson.
    Nnam, look forward to seeing you in silver and black next year

  61. raiderrob21 says: Feb 16, 2011 6:29 PM

    Its possible the sun may come up tomorrow and I might play lotto and have the possibility to win millions after which I might buy a new house or maybe a new car or possibly put it in the bank…….

    Hate on haters

    RAIDER NATION!

  62. dewalt2990 says: Feb 16, 2011 6:39 PM

    “nobody was a more dominant DT last year than seymour”…..thats funny cause I can think of a rookie DT that made the all pro team….did Seymour make the team? I can’t remember…

  63. beardown4me says: Feb 16, 2011 6:49 PM

    If you care Jerri angelo , please sign Nnamdi Asomugha when there is free agency. You can cut the running back you signed last year as well.
    It would strenghten the Bears secondary against the Packers.

  64. marcsasharc says: Feb 16, 2011 6:55 PM

    illumination-

    “al davis doesnt overpay players”

    your entire post makes no sense. first you say he doesnt overpay players, then you defend him for overpaying.

    lol how many raider fans graduated high school? simple logic and rhetoric is lost upon you people.

  65. bshinkle says: Feb 16, 2011 7:12 PM

    @ marcasharc

    If you have to choose between Aso and Big Rich – There is no real choice.

    Big Rich elevates the players around him. Having Aso has not translated into wins.

    I’d love to keep them both but you build a good D around the men up front, not your secondary. Davis did the right thing.

  66. marcsasharc says: Feb 16, 2011 7:22 PM

    you are really trying to say that Seymour is better for a team than Nnamdi Asomugha? holy crap, i cant believe people actually believe this crap. we are talking about the best CB in the NFL and you wanna tell me that a very good DT/DE is better than him..and then for whatever reason, you think Seymour “elevates the players around him” and Asomugha doesnt? or does to a lesser extent? either answer is laughable. also, putting that on Aso is a joke considering there have been many reasons as to why the raiders havent won many games since Aso has been there. Aeneas Williams ring a bell? if Davis signed Seymour and wont give Aso as much $ then he clearly did not do the right thing. Aso has been the definition of a shutdown corner the last handful of years and you dont just replace those guys. if Aso walks, the raiders secondary goes from strength to liability. i hope he does walk just so the blind can see.

  67. raiderdave says: Feb 16, 2011 7:38 PM

    Again, the run defense has still been terrible, constantly allowing home run plays on runs that should’ve been stopped in the backfield. However, the Raiders’ D-line did look dominant at times, especially in the division. Seymour does seem to demand a presence in the locker room as well as make the players around him better.

    While not yet having a CBA makes any signing a little questionable because of future unknown factors, Al Davis has retained one of the most important potential free agents in the league, and a very important piece of the Raiders’ puzzle.

    While the scrutiny is natural on anything current or fresh in the news, this looks like a good move for a team that is currently trending upwards. As for the financial aspect? I can’t complain about how a man spends his own money or manages his own football team all that much, especially as a season-ticket holder who would undeniably miss the game like crazy in the event of any sort of work stoppage. This as well as being a fan who has grown tired of all of the many head-scratching moves made by Al Davis over the years. Like anything, only time will tell on how this all shakes out.

  68. da11ascowboys says: Feb 16, 2011 7:45 PM

    Dallas.

    Cowboys.

  69. bshinkle says: Feb 16, 2011 7:45 PM

    @ marcsasharc

    You are very emotional about this. You can’t argue with the numbers, specifically W’s and L’s. The defense and the W/L record has improved since Big Rich’s arrival. Kelly’s finally earning his contract, Houston played above his experience level, Shaunnesay elevated his game. Even Wimbley, who was written off, stepped up his game.

    Where was Huff and Routt? Oh yeah, getting torched by Tim Tebow.

    Signing Big Rich was more important to THIS TEAM than resigning Aso. Your ranting about Aso just proves you don’t watch the Raids. Aso is a great player and I would love for him to stick around but you also have to prioritize. DLine should be, and apparently is, the highest priority for Davis and rightfully so.

    If Aso walks, you go pick up depth in the secondary which is sorely needed. He will be missed, but a good pass rush helps a secondary more than a good secondary helps a pass rush.

    That’s just my opinion. You’re entitled to yours…even if you are wrong.

  70. bshinkle says: Feb 16, 2011 7:46 PM

    …and PS

    Lighten up. You’re going to give yourself a heart attack.

  71. stpaul33 says: Feb 16, 2011 7:53 PM

    It’s a slap in the face to say 1 guy who missed 4 games will make the raiders D!! When he was out the raiders went 3-1 so the can win with out Nnamdi Asomugha ,Walter McFadden Jeremy ware , stanford routte , Chris Johnson ,And 34 Mitchell, Mike SS 6-1 220 23 2 Ohio University he made a big impact playing CB in college he was a safety like nnamdi asomugha was with the cal bears :0) raiders are building a team not just keeping 1 guy because of his status :0) I like Nnamdi Asomugha but if he want to be a raider he needs to take a pay cut or go get his money some where els :0) and another plus raiders have rod Woodson to help teach the new you raiders backfield :0) and Tyvon branch will be a star put him back with huff :0)

  72. jwiggle says: Feb 16, 2011 8:09 PM

    Some of you obviously don’t understand the franchise rules, lol! I guess Al Davis should have paid him 20% more than the 14 million he made last year? Or maybe he should have just let his pro bowl DT walk to another team so you guys could talk about how NE got over on him?

    Unreal!

  73. radrntn says: Feb 16, 2011 8:10 PM

    @dewalt2990…thats ok you can have your rookie, ill a a three time all pro, a 6time pro bowler, a player who has made a pro bowl as a de, and a dt, and his three rings on his fingers in our locker room to play with our all pro nnamdi and shane….your rookie well he has ………exactly…thats my point

  74. jim3rd says: Feb 16, 2011 8:29 PM

    this move is going to be better than who ever picks 17th in the draft (new england) if they dont trade it. they are getting an unproven player and paying him millions! i’ll take rich for two more years. if our draft picks are as good as last year——see you in the super bowl next year!!!!!! Oh bye the way, if we are so bad and so screwed up—-how bad is the rest of the afc west????!!!!

  75. stanklepoot says: Feb 16, 2011 8:31 PM

    BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Feb 16, 2011 4:22 PM

    NA is over-rated.
    _____________________
    What is it with some of you fans? When a quality player is on your team he’s either one of the best to ever play the game, or arguably one of the best in the NFL now. As soon as he goes to another team, then all of a sudden he’s overrated. Packer fans said it about Favre when he went to the Vikings. Chargers fans said it about Vincent Jackson when he refused to sign his RFA tender. Now we have Oakland fans saying the same thing about Nnamdi. How about a little consistency people? Either a player is great or he isn’t. In Nnamdi’s case, any objective fan will freely admit that he’s one of the best (if not the best) CBs in the game today. The funny part is that for all of the talk about how bad Eagles fans are supposed to be, you don’t see us turning on our favorites simply because that player and the front office can’t work out a deal. When Brian Dawkins went to the Broncos, I don’t remember hearing one Eagles fan say a negative thing about Dawkins. If anything, they were upset that the front office didn’t do more to keep him in Philly. No one is asking you to abandon your loyalty to your team, but there’s no reason to turn on a great player simply because he and the team realized it was time for the player to move on. Personally, I’d love to see Nnamdi end up in Philly. He and Asante Samuel would make an incredible duo. That would probably tie up too much money at one position, however. Still, it’d be great to see.

  76. marcsasharc says: Feb 16, 2011 8:37 PM

    player A is the best player in the league at an extremely tough position to play in the NFL. in a passing heavy league.

    Player B is very good but aging. not an elite player anymore but strong.

    owner says player A shouldnt be paid a certain amount. owner pays player B about the same amount that could have been spent on A. fans of the team applaud the decision while the rest of the league looks amused/amazed.

    hey Oakland fans, remember the last awesome CB you had that got away? DT/DE in a 4/3 scheme are much easier replaceable in a pass heavy league where Wrs are usually the most dynamic/game breaking athletes on the field. somehow, Asomugha’s dominance got lost on Raider fans. spoiled? has to be, because he has compiled about 3-4 of the greatest seasons ever for a CB yet some fans believe Seymour is more important. its seriously head exploding.

  77. stanklepoot says: Feb 16, 2011 8:46 PM

    lunarpie says: Feb 16, 2011 5:17 PM

    cav2ya,
    Nhambi will never be an Eagle, Jeffrey Lurie is too cheap to pay him and the pigeons defense is not designed for him. Its good to know you defense’s style before you go and start thinking everything will change with the acquisition of one player. He will be a Raider forever!
    ____________________
    Yeah, because the Eagles got Asante Samuel real cheap when they signed him as a free agent. I’d love to see Nnamdi in Philly. He could shut down one side of the field and force more passes Asante’s way. It would also allow the Eagles to roll an extra guy to Asante’s side of the field freeing him up to ball hawk more. As for the Eagles defensive scheme, it hasn’t changed that much in quite a while. Blitz a lot and have a secondary that can cover well, like in the days of Troy Vincent. The weakness in the defense lately has been that our second CB can’t handle the extra pressure that the scheme puts on him. With a duo like Nnamdi and Asante, that wouldn’t be an issue. Having said that, you are somewhat right about money being an issue. Not because they won’t pay a CB big money, but because paying two of them huge contracts could tie up too much money at one position.

  78. ninjapleazee says: Feb 16, 2011 8:47 PM

    Chicago Bears desperately need secondary help, I wouldn’t be surprised if they made a run for him

  79. stanklepoot says: Feb 16, 2011 8:49 PM

    joetoronto says: Feb 16, 2011 5:24 PM

    What a bunch of pathetic jealous losers here.

    Batten down the hatches, the Raiders are coming to a town near you.
    _____________________
    Sorry pal, but the only way the Raiders can instill fear in a team’s fans is if they’re worried that they’ll bring a tv blackout with them.

  80. montsta says: Feb 16, 2011 9:09 PM

    To the guy above me, are you serious?

    I’ve never heard a group of fans turn their back on a player so quickly as Philly did with McRib. Dude took y’all to the playoffs how many years in a row? And to how many NFCC games?!? You must be joking.

  81. garyln7 says: Feb 16, 2011 9:10 PM

    Let’s face it you would have hammered the Raiders if they didn’t get this deal done.

  82. descendency says: Feb 16, 2011 9:16 PM

    Patriots staff: “Damnit! Why didn’t we make this a 2014 pick.”

  83. bigtrav425 says: Feb 16, 2011 9:20 PM

    This guy needs to be placed in a straight jacket RIGHT NOW for signing Seymour to that kinda money…

  84. marcsasharc says: Feb 16, 2011 9:21 PM

    bshinkle- i watch every nfl game every year for the last 4 years. some games more than once. emotional? this is fun free time, isnt it for you?

    you basically go on to state that the secondary isnt very good other than Aso. lol great argument. Seymour is a good pass rusher but hes not going to make you have an elite pass rush. Aso is an elite corner. a shutdown corner. the best 1 in the league right now.

    of course they could keep both players, but save the BS. Seymour is not more important of a player than Aso. not even close. and you talk about other being wrong or not watching the games. i wonder if you even do, since half of them are blacked out. :)

  85. tombradyfumbled says: Feb 16, 2011 9:48 PM

    Marcsaharc…I’m beginning to think you are a Raider fan at heart. Don’t worry…player A and player B will both be back again this year. Comparing Richard to Nnamdi is crazy. They both can be dominant at their positions and both will probably be in the HOF one day. I would rather lose Richard than Nnamdi simply because Nnamdi represents what all NFL players should strive to be. Not some money hungry a-hole who thinks his millions aren’t enough for his talent like deangelo hall, but someone who actually works hard at his job… I’m happy Seymour will be back though. He shows up to play every week too.

  86. credible316 says: Feb 16, 2011 9:55 PM

    Bring Nnamdi in, move Winfield to safety and maybe things cool down here in Viking hell!

  87. oaklandraiders11 says: Feb 16, 2011 9:56 PM

    typical PFT!!!…one week “seymour won’t be back in oakland”…next week “seymour won’t sign a long term deal”…and now they ruin this great day for the raiders with this story!!!…seymour had a pro bowl season with us last year and his leadership going unnoticed…look at how well tommy kelly, lamarr houston, and matt shaughnessy played around him…good sign and a great day to be a raider!

  88. radrntn says: Feb 16, 2011 9:57 PM

    what a bunch of morons….if al wants nnamdi, nnamdi will play in oakland……does anyone think for a minute that al has not already paid him well. He will do it again, but he is not going to pay tom brady, phillip rivers type money…heck even the colts don’t want to pay peyton, peyton money.

    Nnamdi is going to get his ring and it will be in silver and black. Raiders have all the pieces, just not sure if they can beat the refs.

  89. southtexasraider says: Feb 16, 2011 10:05 PM

    mybuttsayspft says Feb 16, 2011 4:43 PM
    This site is getting so comical. Seriously when has one huge contract stoped Al from signing other players. 2 years ago he made Aso the highest paid corner, Lechler the highest paid corner, Seabsss the highest paid kicker and Tommy Kelly the highest paid DT. Al always seems to make it work.
    ………………………………………………………………………………
    couldn’t have said it better myself.

    all these haters……lol, too funny.

  90. superbowlseahawks says: Feb 16, 2011 10:17 PM

    bigdogg34 says:
    Feb 16, 2011 5:22 PM
    Nnamdi is gonna look awesome in purple next year!
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    NOBODY looks good in purple. Maybe Barney, but no heterosexual man wears purple.

  91. sufferingbirdsfan says: Feb 16, 2011 10:18 PM

    I will personally jump in my piece of sh*t Sunbird and bring this guy to Philly to sign a contract. Just say the word.

  92. realitypolice says: Feb 16, 2011 10:25 PM

    mybuttsayspft says:
    Feb 16, 2011 4:43 PM
    This site is getting so comical. Seriously when has one huge contract stoped Al from signing other players. 2 years ago he made Aso the highest paid corner, Lechler the highest paid corner, Seabsss the highest paid kicker and Tommy Kelly the highest paid DT. Al always seems to make it work.
    ====================

    If by “make it work” you mean “never make the playoffs despite having some of the highest paid players in the league”, then you have a point.

  93. realitypolice says: Feb 16, 2011 10:34 PM

    If you read the comments from the Raiders fans on here but hadn’t watched any NFL football for the past ten years, you would think they were the dominant team of the decade.

    The funny thing is, if you in fact hadn’t watched any football for the last ten years, their arguments actually would sound logical and sensible.

    But when you match their praise to the franchise they are praising, their dementia becomes obvious.

    Seriously, you do realize your team sucks, right?

  94. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Feb 16, 2011 10:35 PM

    JMil_ATL says: Feb 16, 2011 6:18 PM

    @gregjennings85

    It’s not hating if it’s FACTS. We beat you 20-17 the first game. Your game is just the one that mattered. If NY Giants and Philly had done their jobs in the regular season end then you wouldn’t have even been in the playoffs.

    I gave credit for the Super Bowl win. I’m just not going to go overboard and say 1 win makes a DYNASTY.

    I think you need to pass more than you puff. You’ll be able to think more clearly.

    —————————-

    Hi proclamtaion was stuipd but do you really think your “if” is any better?

    Take you own advice and don’t get high on your own supply…

    I forget how many SB wins that they have in the ATL?

  95. bshinkle says: Feb 16, 2011 10:47 PM

    @ marcsasharc – Don’t get me wrong, Aso is a great player. “Better” than Big Rich? Maybe. But “this team” needs a stud DT more than they need a stud CB.

    Since you watch so many Raider games, you will understand that they typically run 4 man rush and blitz sparingly, if at all. It’s important to get an effective 4 man rush, especially in man-to-man because the CB’s can’t cover the WR’s forever.

    That’s my opinion why Big Rich, or someone like him, is more important to THIS team than any CB at this time.

    It’s not a debate about who is better – it’s about what the team needs with the scheme they run. A good pass rush makes our other average CB’s look much better than they are.

    This team needs an aggressive and effective pass rush/run D and a solid secondary. They can get that with Seymour and without Aso.

    It’s not an unreasonable or delusional like you said.

  96. bwisnasky says: Feb 16, 2011 10:50 PM

    I have read this entire column with a bit of amusement. Raider fans over reacting and believing Greggie when he says that Aso is as good as gone. Other teams believing that if Al Davis won’t pay Asomugha, that their cheap owners will. The only two owners that MIGHT be willing to outspend Al are Jerruh and Danny Boy. Simple fact of the matter is if Al wants to keep someone, he will. I like the people that bring up C-wood’s name in this… C-wood WANTED OUT of Oakland.. he saw that it was a train wreck rebuilding team, and knew that it was time to get out. I’m happy for him getting his ring, broken collar bone and all. That said, Aso lived through the rebuilding process, and knows now that this team could possibly be on the cusp of doing great things. That said, is any CB worth 17 mill a year to any team? No… so not only is Al not going to give him that, neither is anybody else. Look for Aso to sign a shorter deal, that looks like it’s ridiculous again.. but given a chance to work with a HOF coach, on a team that has a fighting chance again… If Al wants Aso to stay, which I think he does, Aso won’t be wearing Green, or Purple or any other color. Not to mention his philanthropic efforts in the area, and he is taking pride in the fact of helping this proud franchise turn around. Sorry to disappoint any of you that think otherwise, but you can bank on it… #21 will be back in Oakland….

  97. bshinkle says: Feb 16, 2011 10:52 PM

    @realitypolice – Your inferiority complex is showing. You, like many others, are just pissed because the Raids, even in their futility, are more relevant that your team (whoever that unfortunate franchise is) will ever be.

  98. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Feb 16, 2011 10:53 PM

    * proclamation and stupid

    Too early…

  99. gonzoloungelizard says: Feb 16, 2011 10:55 PM

    When Tim Brown makes his Hall of Fame induction speech. I hope he has Al Davis introduce him.

  100. goldensuneagle says: Feb 17, 2011 12:08 AM

    The Eagles will be tying too much money in to Vick next season (if there is one) that they wouldn’t be able to afford a big FA signing such as Asomugha. I also doubt they would spend so much on one position, even though an Asomugha -Samuel CB duo would be one of the best, if not the best, in the league.

  101. marcsasharc says: Feb 17, 2011 1:28 AM

    bshinkle-
    the fact that you think Asomugha is “maybe” better than Seymour is really all i need to know about your football intellect. 1 is an all pro while the other is a former all pro. once again, Seymour is a good player, a solid guy to have on any team but Aso is the star player. sure he doesnt get all the recognition he deserves because of the position he plays. the only stat that most people care about for CBs is INTs. you cant get INTs without the ball heading your direction. fact. Seymour may look more productive based on traditional, bland stats that really dont say anything about players, but with actual realistic and insightful statistics the comparison of these 2 players is pretty laughable. i keep repeating myself but ill say it again. Aso has posted the most ridiculous statistical seasons for a CB that havent been touched by any other CB. in fact, his stats vs other top ranked CBs is laughable as he is clearly way better. when a guy gets less than 30 throws against him in an entire season, that is absolutely insane. and hes done it for more than 1 season.

    i wont argue with you about the importance of pass rushers vs CBs because they both are obviously needed. and the raiders do hardly blitz like you said (which is retarded by the way). both players are needed. Now, the raiders run D wasnt very good and their pass rush, individually, was decent. what changes in keeping Seymour? Asomugha gives you the ability to shut down a WR on every play, something that Seymour cant match, in his own way of course. your secondary is not very good at all beyond Asomugha, and that is a fact. take him out and you have a very shoddy secondary that can get exposed every week, especially by San Diego.

    you can still adress the pass rush while keeping the best CB in the league, ya know. and Asomugha can cover guys forever, if needed. hes a special player and the best CB their organization has ever seen.

  102. marcsasharc says: Feb 17, 2011 3:11 AM

    and if you dont agree, show me any CB that has ever had only 13 receptions on 33 passes and 0 tds given up in a single season. his numbers have been around these numbers for 4 years now. unreal. hes been scored on less than 5 times in 4 years. can you guys wrap your heads around that thought for a minute before you assess the value of the players in question?

  103. joetoronto says: Feb 17, 2011 6:07 AM

    Pats fans have to get over it, Seymour is gone and he’s not coming back.

  104. philriverslovespenis says: Feb 17, 2011 7:16 AM

    wetpaperbag2 says:
    Feb 16, 2011 4:36 PM
    jbaxt says: Feb 16, 2011 4:17 PM

    They’re going to screw up their draft selections anyway so give up 2 1st rounders and get Peyton Manning for a few years… If they could get Peyton, Richard and Nnamdi, that would be more than Scary in 2011.

    Too bad it’s the raiders and Al Davis will find a way to lose all his top talent.
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    Just like they screwed up the draft last year? LOL…clown.
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    No, like they screwed up their draft the 9 years before last. LOL….moron.

  105. bwisnasky says: Feb 17, 2011 9:50 AM

    No, like they screwed up their draft the 9 years before last. LOL….moron.

    —————————

    I’m pretty sure the topic of the the entire article was drafted during that 9 year period … moron

  106. brent6699 says: Feb 17, 2011 10:05 AM

    ” It is very hard to go from looking distinguished in silver and black, to having to wear any other hidious color” Charles Woodson?

    Nnamdi could be a number two corner and move woodson to safety/hybrid linebacker.

  107. unclecaptainshane says: Feb 17, 2011 5:22 PM

    I would be surprised if the Raiders lose any of their big names free agents. Al Davis loves to pay people. It’s part of his scheme to bankrupt the NFL, so the AFC can secede, and become the AFL. Then the NFL will have to merge with the AFL, but on Al’s terms this time. Unfortunately the crafty SOB is running out of time. Unless of course he lives to 103 like his mother.

    Either way if they sign back Aso, Bush, and Gallery for the first time in a long time things are finally looking up for the Silver and Black. And I for one am happy about it.

    Also to everyone else… Would you like to hear me tell a joke?
    Knock knock…

  108. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 20, 2011 3:37 AM

    I don’t get some of these other team’s fans (Philly? wtf?) thinking he’s a good fit. He’s so ideal for the Steelers it’s not even funny. He wants a ring, the Steelers are one true cover guy away. Imagine him and Troy Pola in the same backfield, sweet!

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