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Cowboys see Asomugha as huge long shot

Nnamdi Asomugha, Golden Tate AP

The Texans won’t be the only team from Texas keeping an eye on cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency.

The Cowboys have a cornerback need, and they could free up salary by releasing Terence Newman.  For now, Matt Mosley of FoxSportsSouthwest.com says the Cowboys see Asomugha as a “huge long shot.”

“Right now, the Cowboys are giving me an ‘only in our dreams’ response to Asomugha queries, but things can change in a hurry,” Mosley writes.

VP Stephen Jones says that re-signing left tackle Doug Free figures to be Dallas’ top priority.  The team has plenty of other issues to fix as well.

Still, it wouldn’t surprise us if a deep-pocketed team like Dallas winds up joining the bidding for Asomugha if the Raiders cornerback doesn’t immediately find the huge contract he’s looking for in free agency.

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39 Responses to “Cowboys see Asomugha as huge long shot”
  1. ac0117 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:03 AM

    Dallas may be deep-pocketed but they have almost zero cap-room, especially after the huge deal Doug Free is about to get.

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 6, 2011 11:04 AM

    Stay out of the NFC East…. please.

  3. cdjones34 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:04 AM

    No chance Cowboys were like first or second in $$$ spent last season and will not have the cap space to make a deal like that.

  4. apdaddy77 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:06 AM

    E A G L E S Eagles!!!

  5. richgannon says: Jul 6, 2011 11:09 AM

    Perhaps Dez Bryant would benefit from a guy like Nnamdi being around….instead of spending millions on diamonds he could spend some of that cash to help rebuild the war torn diamond regions of Africa…..IF Nnamdi leaves whichever team gets him will get every penny worth….I just hope if he leaves he continues his charitable work with the youths of Oakland as well as his potential new home.

  6. supashug says: Jul 6, 2011 11:10 AM

    Fans see Cowboys as a long shot too

  7. johnnyglutes says: Jul 6, 2011 11:12 AM

    Cowgirls? Why would he want to play for those scrubs?

  8. paulsmith107 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:13 AM

    Being a cowboy fan I don’t see why we should sign a 30 year old corner to a huge deal I say either roll with what you got and get a better pass rush and better safties to help the corners and if you feel the need to sign a corner than go after Antonio cromartie who is younger and just as big and fast but corner isn’t our only need free has to be signed kosier needs to be signed I say bring back spears he is a key to our d line and go after kiuwanuka of the giants to be a pass rush specialist and push Spencer to be better

  9. fatcamper says: Jul 6, 2011 11:18 AM

    It’s hard to tell what’s smoke and mirrors and what isn’t in the NFL. This is twice as true when dealing with Jerry Jones.

    As a fan, I hope the Cowboys follow through on this and don’t break the bank trying to sign him. Although Newman and Jenkins were bad, there are more pressing needs for this team. The sad part is that there are a lot of needs.

  10. paulseiferth says: Jul 6, 2011 11:19 AM

    So, every team it seems is a long shot for Asomugha

  11. seabreezes51 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:21 AM

    I think that they will soon be seeing him as the Eagles Right side CB

  12. stanklepoot says: Jul 6, 2011 11:24 AM

    Gregg, it doesn’t matter how deep Jerry Jones’ pockets might be, once the new CBA is signed, there will be a salary cap again, and the Cowboys have one of the highest salaried rosters in the league. In fact, it might be too high. I’ve read some articles that say the Cowboys may already be above the next salary cap, and that’s before resigning players like Free and signing their own rookies. Either way, there’s no way that releasing Terrance Newman frees up enough money to sign Nnamdi. He’s not going to Dallas, and the only reason Mosley asked the question is so that he can try to generate some buzz for the Cowboys despite the horrible way their secondary played last year. It’s all about the clicks. Then again, given the fact that you’re almost certainly aware of everything that I’ve written, so is this story.

  13. ezdoesit209 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:25 AM

    Nnamdi’s contact isn’t worth crippling the team financially.

  14. krow101 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:28 AM

    Whatever. All free agents are signing with the Eagles this year.

  15. rundmc81 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:43 AM

    Why is everyone so certain that he is leaving Oakland?? Al knows how to make things work financially.. And I have a crazy hunch that all that dead money the raiders have out there won’t count against their salary cap.. Oh yeah.. Happy birthday Al !

  16. malblack says: Jul 6, 2011 11:49 AM

    Teams are collectively driving down Asomugha’s price tag. Not collusion though, and probably will be relatively effective.

  17. myspaceyourface says: Jul 6, 2011 11:56 AM

    Even though he is worth it, I’ve never heard him say he is demanding a large contract.

  18. bubbabart says: Jul 6, 2011 11:59 AM

    One can only hope the Boys open up for this guy….big FA’s seldom pan out as the player gets the money, but not the motivation.

  19. radrhatr says: Jul 6, 2011 12:08 PM

    driving the price tag down? gimme a break!

    Supply and demand, malblack. There is a short supply of DBs of Nnamdi’s caliber, creating a high demand for his services. By the start of the regular season, he’ll be the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.

  20. bangthedrum22 says: Jul 6, 2011 12:12 PM

    Dont see this happening. The problem was more the safteys than the corners last year. Jenkings and t-new didnt have any help over the top and looked bad becasue of it.

  21. joetoronto says: Jul 6, 2011 12:21 PM

    So, this is a story about a team that won’t sign him?

  22. ianwhetstone says: Jul 6, 2011 12:23 PM

    rundmc81 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:43 AM

    Why is everyone so certain that he is leaving Oakland?? Al knows how to make things work financially..
    ____________________________________

    If you mean that Al knows how to throw incredibly stupid amounts of money at players until they resist their better instincts to leave, then yes, he “knows how to make things work financially.”

  23. ianwhetstone says: Jul 6, 2011 12:26 PM

    radrhatr says: Jul 6, 2011 12:08 PM

    By the start of the regular season, he’ll be the highest paid defensive player in NFL history.
    _____________________________________

    If he is, it’ll mean topping *snicker* Richard Seymour.

  24. malblack says: Jul 6, 2011 12:26 PM

    All of that sounds good radrhatr, but your supply and demand hypo is not so cut and dry when:

    A) Not every team is bidding for him

    B) According to Mike Lombardi he’s willing to take less to play for a legit contender

    C) contracts will likely be less lucrative for the players post-lockout (so not likely to be “best paid defender in NFL history”)

    D) to get the most out of the money spent, the team who signs him will have to play man D for the vast majority of the time. Sit him in zone and he’s essentially losing value; might as well sign Ike Taylor for less $. How many teams play man to that extent? Not many…

  25. bubbabart says: Jul 6, 2011 12:26 PM

    Ah, I see the Lawyer coming out.

  26. roniii says: Jul 6, 2011 12:28 PM

    I heard the Seahawks are interested….

  27. melonnhead says: Jul 6, 2011 12:50 PM

    Dallas may be deep-pocketed but they have almost zero cap-room, especially after the huge deal Doug Free is about to get.

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    What is this “cap” that you speak of? There is no salary cap. There was no salary cap last year and nobody knows if there will be one this year or how high it will be if there is one.

  28. bunjy96 says: Jul 6, 2011 12:50 PM

    D) to get the most out of the money spent, the team who signs him will have to play man D for the vast majority of the time. Sit him in zone and he’s essentially losing value; might as well sign Ike Taylor for less $. How many teams play man to that extent? Not many…

    Most important comment of any post so far.

    How many “man” teams need him? 2 or 3?
    That wipes out all the cover2 teams.

  29. homelanddefense says: Jul 6, 2011 1:14 PM

    my money is still on Oakland. Obviously he fits the scheme and they have already proved they are willing to give him a ridiculous contract.

  30. melonnhead says: Jul 6, 2011 1:16 PM

    I love all of these salary cap experts declaring the Cowboys to be up against or over the salary cap when there is no collective bargaining agreement to set a salary cap, plus the fact that a new CBA would likely include at least some revenue that was not previously counted.

  31. radrhatr says: Jul 6, 2011 1:40 PM

    The main reason a lot of teams teams don’t play “man” defense, is because they don’t have a cover corner to shut down the opponent’s #1 receiver.

  32. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 6, 2011 1:48 PM

    He will do his best to stay in OAK, unless Baltimore or Philly really open up the bank on him. He said he wants to retire a raider, he is a cali local and has a huge ring of charity work he conducts in OAK and LA. If OAK gives him a good deal with lots of incentives, he stays. The longer the lockout the more this plays to OAK. HE has had two monster contracts and already been the highest defensive player in the league, till albert, oh god. He will either stay loyal to OAK and hope they really are making a turn upward or he will go to a more secure favorite like baltimore or philly and end up like charles woodson in 2-3 years, becoming a hybrid DB and winning a superbowl.

  33. bunjy96 says: Jul 6, 2011 3:11 PM

    Davis will find a way

  34. macgee10 says: Jul 6, 2011 3:36 PM

    Already heard this about 2 months ago. There’s too
    many other needs.

  35. itsmammoth says: Jul 6, 2011 4:30 PM

    .. and we all know how Jerry Jones ALWAYS tells the truth about signing players… right? ;)

  36. steelerer says: Jul 6, 2011 5:23 PM

    Richard seymour
    Signed a two-year, $30 million contract. The deal contains $15 million guaranteed — all in the form of Seymour’s first-year base salary. 2011: $15 million, 2012: $7.5 million (+ $7.5 million roster bonus)

    Stanford routt
    Signed a three-year, $31.5 million contract. The deal contains $20 million guaranteed, including both of Routt’s first two base salaries and a $5 million “signing” bonus in the second season. 2011: $10 million, 2012: $5 million, 2013: $11.5 million

    Zach Miller oakland isnt letting him go, so he will end up getting top te pay from oakland.

    Aso may take a small discount , but it isnt going to be that much of a discount anybody thinks he still staying in oakland is delisional. Oakland has already moved on.

  37. 1bigtex says: Jul 6, 2011 6:14 PM

    @ steelerer

    You omitted Wimbley who got franchised. That’s another big contract.

  38. dangonavyboy says: Jul 6, 2011 11:49 PM

    yeah i would rather have the cowboys sign free than asomugha..look if rex ryan improves the pass rush then newman and jenkins will look great because which ever qb they are playin will be hurryin his throws and making bad passes for them to pick or deflect.. thats what hurt the cowboys the most was the lack of a pass rush of any kind..and also improving on safety would help a little as well..besides i would rather have the cowboys keep newman have him help train up mccann because he looked pretty good last year on special teams and playin db..so he could be a great replacement for newman if he is brought up right..also why pay a crap ton of money for a player who in the next 2 to 3 years is goin to start hitting the decline that every player hits when he turns 30.. cause if he signs a long term contract (which he will) for say 6 years 90 million..by year 2 or 3 into his deal people will be saying the same thing..cowboys overspent on him..he is not the player he once was..just like they are saying about newman..so cowboys stay away from him..spend money and time on young drafted or undrafted players and coach them up..

  39. stanklepoot says: Jul 7, 2011 9:46 AM

    melonnhead says: Jul 6, 2011 12:50 PM

    Dallas may be deep-pocketed but they have almost zero cap-room, especially after the huge deal Doug Free is about to get.

    ———————————————————–

    What is this “cap” that you speak of? There is no salary cap. There was no salary cap last year and nobody knows if there will be one this year or how high it will be if there is one.
    __________________________
    If you think there won’t be a new salary cap in the next CBA you’re deluding yourself. It helps keep things competitive in the league, and prevents reckless owners from messing up the revenue share with the players. As for what the salary cap will look like, while I don’t know the exact numbers, I can tell you what the equation will look like. Players’ share of revenue (most likely 48%) – all non-salary payments players and retired players receive will give you the cash value of the players’ share of league revenue. You then divide that by the number of teams (32) to give you each team’s salary cap. As for the Cowboys, pretty much everyone who covers the league figures they’ll at least be up against the cap, if not already over it. Oh, and they still have FAs to resign and rookies to get under contract. Thinking the Cowboys will be able to participate in a bidding war for Nnamdi is almost as bad as thinking that they’ll have the available cap space to get in a bidding war with the Colts for Peyton. Face it, the Cowboys shot the moon locking up a number of their players already and trying to make a run at a SB last season (oops). In doing so, they knowingly put themselves in a bind whenever the cap was reinstated. Jones made a calculated risk and it backfired. He’ll now be in the unusual circumstance of having to fill holes in his roster on the cheap.

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