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No surprise: Steelers won’t pursue Asomugha

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It doesn’t take a Steelers insider like Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to know that signing Nnamdi Asomugha to a big contract just isn’t the way that Pittburgh does business.

Bouchette has said numerous times this offseason it was his opinion that Pittsburgh would not pursue Asomugha.  He has now officially confirmed it with the team, and can report it won’t happen.

So the Steelers won’t go after Asomugha.  The Eagles are reportedly lukewarm about him, although we have our doubts about that.

Teams like the Redskins, Raiders, Texans, and Bucs to name a few make a lot of sense for Asomugha.  Asomugha should have a big enough market to come close to Darrelle Revis‘ contract, if he doesn’t top it.

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  1. randysavage4ever says: Jun 8, 2011 11:47 AM

    No Surprise how about Asomugha wont sign with the Steelers

    his charities and LIFE is in Oakland…

    Yeah I think he’s gone from Oakland, but it would be a SELLOUT MOVE, AL already paid you a TON , and offered you a reasonable contract the 2nd time around…

    ever since Asomugha came to the Raiders we have been awful, watch as soon as he leaves we start winning again…

    some players are jinxed

    tiki left the Giants – all they did was beat the greatest team of all time in the superbowl…

  2. Marv says: Jun 8, 2011 11:47 AM

    They should… Packers aren’t doing it that way usually but look at how Charles Woodson panned out for them…

    Texans would really make a ton of sense… they have the pass rush and with him they’d have the secondary to stop Peyton!

  3. gallaghedj311 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:48 AM

    He’ll look good in midnight green. Especially holding that Lombardi yrophy after the eagles win the season shortened superbowl

  4. eaglesfootballfan says: Jun 8, 2011 11:49 AM

    We all know how Dan Snyder overpays for players. Being an Eagles fan, I would hate to see Nnamdi go to the Skins. He will rot in Washington just like McNabb.

  5. eaglesfootballfan says: Jun 8, 2011 11:50 AM

    Is Ike Taylor planning on resigining with the Steelers??????????

  6. minnesconsin says: Jun 8, 2011 11:54 AM

    I don’t see the Packers has having a big “need” at corner, but they’d be almost impossible to pass against if they brought Asomugha to Green Bay. They place a ton of nickle w/ Woodson already basically a safety.

    Williams, Asomugha, Shields at corners
    Collins and Woodson at safeties

    That would be something else. With that kind of coverage, Matthews, Raji, Bishop, etc, could have a lot of fun getting to the QB.

    Though we’ve been conditioned not to expect big free agent acquisitions in the Ted Thompson era, maybe he’s due. Stranger things have happened?

  7. dryzzt23 says: Jun 8, 2011 11:58 AM

    He’d be the best CB the Stillers have had since Woodson (and Blount before him)

    The mediocre CBs we have now just aren’t top tier guys, they’re not fast and cannot cover man-to-man

    The Stillers brass needs to STOP picking OLB/DE types and pick more CBs, chances are that they’ll find a really good one sooner or later.

    We also need a blocking FB, haven’t had a good FB since Hoge and John L. Williams

  8. lovesportsandsurfing says: Jun 8, 2011 12:01 PM

    Not that it matters to me, and I wont bother to say I told you so, because I get no self satisfaction from being right all the time,…but Asomugha has never entertained the idea of playing elsewhere, he knows where hes playing the rest of his career, and so do the Oakland Raiders,…so all this ridiculous talk of him playing elsewhere is just PFT`s way of making you all look like suckers. Try not to fall for everything that gets printed here.

  9. realtimeeyes says: Jun 8, 2011 12:09 PM

    If they are willing pay Ike Taylor top money, they should pay a few more million and get this guy instead.

  10. packerrube13 says: Jun 8, 2011 12:09 PM

    I hope he goes somewhere like the Texans or Bucs, teams on the cusp of something good, rather than the Redskins or to a lesser extent the Raiders, who are going nowhere fast.

  11. mightymightylafootball says: Jun 8, 2011 12:11 PM

    Value: Getting results that are comparable to what you paid.

    At best, Asomugha will pay great for a large amount of money. At worse, he’ll play awful…for a large amount of money.

    So…who’s willing to roll that dice, mmm?

  12. hus10188 says: Jun 8, 2011 12:12 PM

    I may be stating the obvious but they better resign Ike Taylor, dude is underrated.

    The steelers CB depth with Ike Taylor is poor, without him its non-existent.

    With so many teams having such good CB depth like the Giants, Pats, Pack and Jets to cater pass heavy teams, I scratched my head as to why they didn’t go for Ras-I-Dowling (pick 33) or Aaron Williams (pick 34) with their late pick 1st round pick.

    They must be banking on legendary DC Lebeau cooking up more of his exotic zone blitzes to cover up the back end. We’ll see.

  13. agelardi says: Jun 8, 2011 12:14 PM

    “Asomugha should have a big enough market to come close to Darrelle Revis‘ contract, if he doesn’t top it.”

    And if he does top it, Revis can hold out again. Sweet.

  14. bubbabart says: Jun 8, 2011 12:20 PM

    I’m seeing the sensical approach of many GM’s on FA. Get the cheap FA at lower prices…forget the high profile one’s that command mucho dinero…like Fat Albert!

  15. anpsteel says: Jun 8, 2011 12:23 PM

    Nnamdi,

    Please take a $10mil p/year pay cut.

    Come to the Steelers.

    Signed

    Steeler Nation

  16. blacktoothgrinn says: Jun 8, 2011 12:23 PM

    Nnamdi isn’t going anywhere. He knows the Raiders are finally on the rise and he is a leader on the team. He’s put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears and Al isn’t cheap so he’ll get paid. I don’t think Al will let him go like he let Woodson go.

  17. billygoat says: Jun 8, 2011 12:27 PM

    Hello captain obvious.

  18. bears0492 says: Jun 8, 2011 12:29 PM

    Why would the bucs sign the most expensive free agent when they’re known for their extreme cheapness?

  19. laeaglefan says: Jun 8, 2011 12:39 PM

    My prediction is that he signs with the Redskins. Danny Snyder has deep pockets and has a history of throwing his money around recklessly. No reason for him to change his ways now.

  20. rcunningham says: Jun 8, 2011 12:49 PM

    randysavage4ever says:
    Jun 8, 2011 11:47 AM
    No Surprise how about Asomugha wont sign with the Steelers

    his charities and LIFE is in Oakland…

    Yeah I think he’s gone from Oakland, but it would be a SELLOUT MOVE, AL already paid you a TON , and offered you a reasonable contract the 2nd time around…

    ever since Asomugha came to the Raiders we have been awful, watch as soon as he leaves we start winning again…

    some players are jinxed

    tiki left the Giants – all they did was beat the greatest team of all time in the superbowl…

    Yeah man! Dan Marino left the Dolphins, and they’ve been doing just super!

    That is some amazingly stupid logic.

  21. bhindenemylines says: Jun 8, 2011 12:54 PM

    “Danny Snyder has deep pockets and has a history of throwing his money around recklessly.”

    I agree. But there is another guy in The Beast that has deeper pockets with a team that needs to win in the next 3-4 years before the nucleus of talent starts to decline.

    Nnamdi, welcome to Dallas.

  22. fancyleague says: Jun 8, 2011 1:00 PM

    The Steelers will most definitely pursue Asomugha. The next time he’s running back a Roethlisberger pick six.

    I’m a Steeler fan. I’m allowed to say it.

  23. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 8, 2011 1:09 PM

    anpsteel says:
    Jun 8, 2011 12:23 PM

    “Nnamdi,

    Please take a $10mil p/year pay cut.

    Come to the Falcons.

    Signed

    ATL Faithful”

    Fixed.

  24. harmcityhomer says: Jun 8, 2011 1:44 PM

    I think he signs with the Ravens. They are not unwilling to spend big money on top tier defensive players.

    The gave C-Mac top of the market money and paid Rolle and Foxworth big FA contracts. They only have 100M in salary commitments so far and guys they can cut. 12M per for Asomugha and a SB seems reasonable.

    Against the elite passing teams, you need elite coverage from your Cbs.

  25. Mike Tomlin says: Jun 8, 2011 1:58 PM

    The name none of you other fans know is Crezdon Butler. The reason the Steelers are not worried about reaching for a CB in the draft is because they already have their starter in house.

    Plus, Bryant McFadden was seriously hampered by a abdominal injury last year. Ike will be back and he and Butler will be the starting corners with McFadden and Curtis Brown in on passing downs. Steelers will continue to field the best defense in football and they will have never even thought about bringing in Asomougha…

  26. Deb says: Jun 8, 2011 2:21 PM

    I knew this.

    But why? Why why why?

    Just once couldn’t we do the unexpected and go after a free agent we desperately need???? Of course, we have to re-sign Ike, but Ike is a good number two corner. We need a shutdown corner to go with Ike. We need a Rod Woodson. We’ve needed a Rod Woodson for 14 years since the first one left.

    I want my shutdown corner. Darn, darn, darn. Pfffttt :sad:

  27. galvestontexans says: Jun 8, 2011 2:32 PM

    Please come to Houston

  28. whitemike55 says: Jun 8, 2011 2:33 PM

    IF the Texans are able to land Nnamdi, watch out AFC South… a new division champion will be crowned!

    With the Texans getting all their guys back healthy, Mario, Demeco, Cushing, Barwin, all while adding JJ Watt and Brooks Reed, and most importantly Wade Phillips, this Defense will be much improved.

    Top 5 Offense.

    Texans 11-5.

  29. laeaglefan says: Jun 8, 2011 2:40 PM

    “Nnamdi, welcome to Dallas”

    That’s the one reason why the Eagles may seriously pursue him, regardless of what they say now.

    I don’t think they worry about the Redskins signing him (as that team isn’t going anywhere with or without him), but Dallas is a serious threat and they’ll do anything within their power to keep Jerry Jones from acquiring more weapons.

  30. sdiegosteel says: Jun 8, 2011 2:44 PM

    Of course they weren’t going to sign him . . . the closest the Steelers ever got to signing a big name free agent was Wil Wolford back in the day (Kevin Greene wasn’t as big of a name coming away from the Rams).

    They have to resign Ike Taylor and hope either Crezdon Butler or Curtis Brown develop.

    Of course it’s much harder to develop when the owners are locking out your developmental players.

  31. viciousjay says: Jun 8, 2011 3:24 PM

    He’ll end up in Philly still without winning anything but a playoff appearance

  32. ninersrule says: Jun 8, 2011 3:29 PM

    It doesnt matter because he’s going to SF

  33. frankdatank23 says: Jun 8, 2011 3:49 PM

    The line to interview this guy should be 25+ teams long…..

  34. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jun 8, 2011 4:15 PM

    So many parts would move if he signed with the texans.. Glover quinn would go to safety with troy nollan starting next to him. Not bad at all in my opinion. Glover could help over the top on the weak side with troy over the strong side. Then our starting corners would be battling it out. Not a bad position battle between kareem jackson, jason allen, and brice mccain. Also Sherrick McManis has some potential and Antwaun Molden isn’t bad either. All young potential talent that could learn from NNamdi. If the Texans are not smart enough to drop w/e they need for this guy.. Well I give up then, hes a huge addition now but what he can do for the young talent is irreplaceable.

  35. bwisnasky says: Jun 8, 2011 5:33 PM

    The problem with EVERYONE’s logic about this subject is that the RAIDERS are the only team to play man press 90% of the time if not more. Aso is a great man press cover corner, but if you watch him, he becomes a liability in zone coverage most of the time. That is where he picks up his penalties, or gets burned his occasional burn. It was like the failed experiment the Raiders ran with trying to bring Meangelo in to play opposite of Aso. Meangelo was and still is a decent zone corner, but when forced into man coverage, couldn’t cover my grandmother in her walker. Aso would also be a fish out of water in any system that doesn’t run man coverage the majority of the time. Given that, plus the fact that Al keeps the players he wants to, regardless of everyone thinking he is crazy, Al will find a way to bring Aso back. He’ll let Aso test the waters, and find out who the highest bidder is, and then he will do it a little better in either money or the length of the contract or whatever.

  36. transam7816 says: Jun 8, 2011 7:24 PM

    Aso needs to go to a team that has a chance of going deep in the playoffs. I feel bad for this guy

  37. raiderinpa says: Jun 10, 2011 12:17 PM

    Aso isnt going anywhere, you are all wasting your collective breath talking about it… Al D. wont let his prize pupil walk away… Lesson learned with C. Woodson…

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