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Asomugha likely “too expensive” for Lions

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The Lions were very aggressive last free agent period, having targeted Kyle Vanden Bosch and Nate Burleson as players they wanted to sign right away.

That aggressiveness and their need at cornerback has led to some Nnamdi Asomugha speculation, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press quotes a source that says Asomugha will be “too expensive” to go after.

Detroit could be reasonably close to a $120 million salary cap, although there are a lot of moves that could be made to make room.  Birkett writes the team would still like to go after a No. 1 cornerback like Johnathan Joseph, Antonio Cromartie, or Ike Taylor if the “price is right.”

Tom Kowalski of MLive.com wonders if the team might spend its money instead (or in addition) on Titans linebacker Stephen Tulloch.  Coach Jim Schwartz knows Tulloch well, and middle linebacker has been a position of need in Detroit for a while.

DeAndre Levy looks like a keeper, but the Lions could use him outside. Tulloch could be the best inside linebacker available this offseason.

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  1. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 12, 2011 9:47 AM

    With the choice between getting paid the moon while playing for a mediocre team, and taking less money playing for a contender…Nnamdi will be lured by the dollar signs.

  2. m2karateman says: Jul 12, 2011 9:51 AM

    The Lions may have a good shot at re-signing Chris Houston, getting another corner like Joseph or Taylor, and signing Tulloch. And all that would likely come for about the same cost per season as trying to get Asomugha. I’d rather they do the 3-for-1 deal, even though Nnamdi is a special talent.

  3. parasonic says: Jul 12, 2011 9:54 AM

    I’m def all for the player getting as much money as possible, but I’d love to see a great NFL player like Nnamdi go to an up and coming team like the Lions or the Texans for a little less money.

  4. johnwayne506th says: Jul 12, 2011 9:55 AM

    Id rather sign Joseph/Cromartie and Tulloch vs just Nnamdi

  5. redwinglion says: Jul 12, 2011 9:57 AM

    No, the Lions could not “flip” Levy to the outside position. It doesn’t work that way.

  6. cleanface says: Jul 12, 2011 10:00 AM

    Didn’t know Nate Burleson was still in the league.

  7. nedhigginssports says: Jul 12, 2011 10:00 AM

    I’m a big fan of what the lions have done the past few seasons but i figured they have to be hugging the cap with all of the money they’ve had to pay with the top 5 picks. They better hope Fairley pans out. I’m all for going with value but they could have helped their secondary immensely with Amukamara at 13.

  8. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jul 12, 2011 10:01 AM

    I am trying to figure out who on the Lions justifies being that close to the salary cap.

  9. boknowsvt says: Jul 12, 2011 10:04 AM

    And the field shrinks. His chances of staying in Oakland get better and better each day.

  10. bmue42 says: Jul 12, 2011 10:05 AM

    the packers have some money in the bank….

  11. huejackson says: Jul 12, 2011 10:09 AM

    I don t get why this website just dont say that asomough is not going anywhere, they talk about Asoumough going here and there but they never say ASOMOUGH IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE
    That will be the headline soon and all you people can go back to sayin he sucks…
    Because last year when he was with the raiders all u people said he sucked now that hes a free agent and could possibly go to your team hes all of sudden awsome

  12. mattsffrd says: Jul 12, 2011 10:17 AM

    Nnamdi is going to be “too expensive” for ANY team that signs him, but teams will find the cap room if they have a shot. he’s too good to pass up.

  13. tundey says: Jul 12, 2011 10:22 AM

    @captainwisdom8888: And you wouldn’t? Especially if you think there’s a chance you could be part of the re-emergence of the mediocre team. With the exception of a few really horrible teams (i.e. sucks on the field and off e.g. the Bengals), I think players are wise to consider the money when they get their (usually 1) chance at free agency.

  14. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 12, 2011 10:27 AM

    Can you help find out if he’s within range for the Falcons?

    Very good fit there. He fills a need, fits what they want out of a player personality wise and he wants to win.

  15. 00reo says: Jul 12, 2011 10:27 AM

    As a Titans fan, I’ve gotten a pretty heavy dose of Schwartz’s defensive schemes and the Lions don’t need a cover corner. It’d be a waste of money to go out and Get Asomugha and then put him in zone 99% of the time. Schwartz’s defense relies heavily on their DL to get pressure and everyone else fills and tackles. Their defense will only be as good as their DL allows. If it plays well their DBs will get picks and look like Pro Bowlers.

  16. backuppunter says: Jul 12, 2011 10:33 AM

    i don’t even know who will be able to afford him and if he will continue to live up to his hype. he has been awsome and great corners are hard to find but i don’t know at this point i might just let someone else take him for the price

  17. simplesimon1 says: Jul 12, 2011 10:50 AM

    ooreo……Thank you. I’ve been trying to explain this to people for so long and nobody seems to get it. Finally you come on here and say exactly the correct thing.

    The CB’s are not a great concern for the Lions because the style of defense the Lions play under Schwartz means they get great pressure forcing fast throws and, thus, need good tackling. You need good tackling, decently fast LB’s though. Ones that can cover sideline to sideline and not miss easy tackles.

    The Lions only need a LB to solidify that defense. It’s actually much closer to being done than many people realize. Tulloch should be getting his plane ticket ready for Detroit.

    Also @redwinglion…..Yes, for Levy it is as easy as it sounds to move to OLB from the middle. That’s his natural position.

  18. krow101 says: Jul 12, 2011 10:54 AM

    I thought all free agents had to sign with the Eagles or the Jets?

  19. jttorn says: Jul 12, 2011 10:57 AM

    @redwinglion-why does it not “work that way”? Levy is already on record as saying he would welcome the switch to OLB. That is his position in college and the transition would be easier than it was moving to the middle. You say what you say using no logic.

  20. gruss222 says: Jul 12, 2011 11:07 AM

    Tampa has plenty of cap room and with Talib on one side, Nnamdi the other and Barber covering slot/blitzing it sounds intriguing. And would definitely allow some time for the yound D-line to blossom.

    However, Tampa does have some young talent that is being groomed at corner with E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis. So I’m not sure they will choose to spend money in that area. I believe their cap space will be wisely spent on long term contracts for the young talent already emerging on the team.

  21. p4hbiz says: Jul 12, 2011 11:12 AM

    Why would he want to go to the no SB having Lions, he’s better off back in Oakland where he belongs.

    The eagles, lions, deadskins, texans are no better that the Oakland Raiders, if he has to choose look no further than the team you spent the last 5yrs playing for.

    GO RAIDERS!!

  22. daburgher says: Jul 12, 2011 11:36 AM

    I feel that Asomugha is the kind of guy that will take less money to play for a winner. He has made a fortune already in his career and he seems smart enough that he would still have most of it in the bank. If the Steelers can’t resign Ike, I hope they make a run for Asomugha

  23. We'reFineThere says: Jul 12, 2011 11:44 AM

    krow101, the Eagles have 4 players making more than 3.5 million going into this year (Vick, Samuel, Peters, Brandon Graham). The rebuilding until the lockout wasn’t an accident. They are now ready to write checks.

  24. txbossman says: Jul 12, 2011 11:50 AM

    I think the Lions rightly think that the larger portion of their pass defense will be generated by the D line pass rush.

  25. laeaglefan says: Jul 12, 2011 11:51 AM

    “I am trying to figure out who on the Lions justifies being that close to the salary cap”

    Probably all those high draft choices they’ve had over the past several seasons of ineptitude.

  26. supashug says: Jul 12, 2011 11:54 AM

    seriously, he would never go to Detroit, what a joke

  27. woodyg says: Jul 12, 2011 11:58 AM

    @ simplesimon1

    ” The Lions only need a LB to solidify that defense. It’s actually much closer to being done than many people realize. ”

    A day doesn’t go by anymore without running into another delusional Lion Fan ….. The Lion’s ‘D’ ranked 21st total in 2010 …… 16th in the NFL against the pass & 24th against the run …. But yet somehow all they need is a LB ….. Try again ……. When you have a bottom-third ‘D’ in the NFL, you’re several players away from acceptable ….. The Lion’s ‘D’ will assure the Lions of fighting to finish at 8-8 ……. Some of you Lion fans need a reality check ….. You’re setting yourselves up for a ‘big fail’ in 2011 …..

  28. joetoronto says: Jul 12, 2011 12:13 PM

    gruss222:

    As long as the Glazer brothers own the team, they’ll be plenty of cap room.

  29. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 12, 2011 12:34 PM

    Nnamdi is going to the Eagles or Texans for sure. I say my Eagles will get him

  30. Deb says: Jul 12, 2011 12:38 PM

    At first I was a little relieved at reading this headline because that Lions defense already looks formidable. Adding Asomugha could make this team scary good if Stafford stays healthy. But then reading the article reminded me Ike is the poor man’s Nnamdi. Great. Since the Steelers most certainly won’t go after Asomugha, it would be in our interest to retain Ike if we can.

    Whatever happens in eventual free agency, I’m looking forward to watching the Lions this season. The Black and Blue division could be in for a shock.

  31. BroncoNick says: Jul 12, 2011 12:54 PM

    Pretty sure with that D-line they have in Detroit now you don’t NEED to spend a ton of money on stud CB’s. Average CB’s should be fine in their defense. QB’s simply won’t have a “pocket” when playing this Detroit D-line, it’s scary. All of this is speculation as to whether Fairley will turn out to be as good as people think he is. But I’m guessing that playing next to Suh is going to help a ton…

  32. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 12, 2011 1:19 PM

    Nnamdi will definitely not be wearing silver and black this year. He’s definitely a special talent and will want to be paid. As crazy as Al Davis seems, he knows that as good as Nnamdi is, in the time he’s been a Raider, he didn’t win them any games. They need wins. Not to be able to brag that half the field is “off limits”. That didn’t do them any good at all. So they lost by fewer points? That’s not worth millions at DB.

  33. stephen02120 says: Jul 12, 2011 1:20 PM

    Just out of curiosity, how has that $120 million cap figure been calculated? I believe John Clayton reported it over at ESPN, but if the players wouldn’t take less than around 48% of the overall revenue, wouldn’t that push the cap over $140 million? $120 million would be about 40% of the overall revenue.

  34. wizgoblin says: Jul 12, 2011 1:20 PM

    parasonic says:
    Jul 12, 2011 9:54 AM
    I’m def all for the player getting as much money as possible, but I’d love to see a great NFL player like Nnamdi go to an up and coming team like the Lions or the Texans for a little less money.

    ————————————————

    The Texans are NOT an up and coming team.
    2006 – 6-10
    2007 – 8-8
    2008 – 8-8
    2009 – 9-7 (LOOK OUT EVERYONE)
    2010 – 6-10

  35. melonnhead says: Jul 12, 2011 1:38 PM

    Just out of curiosity, how has that $120 million cap figure been calculated? I believe John Clayton reported it over at ESPN, but if the players wouldn’t take less than around 48% of the overall revenue, wouldn’t that push the cap over $140 million? $120 million would be about 40% of the overall revenue.

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    Clayton used it as a “what if” example. There’s no way in hell the cap is lower than it was in 2009 ($128 million). AS I POSTED EARLIER, setting the cap at $120 million would potentially be about a quarter billion dollar loss for the players over just one season. $8 million X 32 teams. Simple math. It’s just not gonna happen.

  36. sj39 says: Jul 12, 2011 1:42 PM

    Rams.

  37. gruss222 says: Jul 12, 2011 1:52 PM

    @joe toronto

    With the new CBA supposedly assuring that the floor is near 98% of the cap the Glazers hands will be tied. There is a great deal of room that will “have” to be spent just to come close to a 98% range.

    That being said, I’ve never been on the bandwagon of Glazer bashing when it comes to monetary investment. I do believe they will open the wallets when the time is right to do so. I have yet to see a move made or not made, due to financial reasons, that did not prove to be the correct move.

    For that matter, if they were so money strict, they would never had let Chucky go and pay him that hefty contract. They did what was right for the team at that time and Raheem is proving them to be correct once again!

  38. nyjetsmaniac says: Jul 12, 2011 2:36 PM

    THERE THE LIONS PEOPLE !

  39. omegaichiban says: Jul 12, 2011 3:04 PM

    If he goes to the Pack…cancel Christmas…Falcons, pretty much the same. Detroit has a hard row to hoe to win their division. He may be that piece. He’d be wasted in the Tampa two, and what would Ronde do?

  40. klunge says: Jul 12, 2011 3:31 PM

    woodyg says:
    A day doesn’t go by anymore without running into another delusional Lion Fan ….. The Lion’s ‘D’ ranked 21st total in 2010 …… 16th in the NFL against the pass & 24th against the run …. But yet somehow all they need is a LB ….. Try again ……. When you have a bottom-third ‘D’ in the NFL, you’re several players away from acceptable ….. The Lion’s ‘D’ will assure the Lions of fighting to finish at 8-8 ……. Some of you Lion fans need a reality check ….. You’re setting yourselves up for a ‘big fail’ in 2011 …..
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    Either you don’t understand the value of stats, or you simply ignore the meaningful ones that don’t support your anti-Lions sentiment. Let’s fill in the blanks:
    2009: 32nd against pass, 25th against rush, 32nd overall
    2010: 16th against pass, 24th against rush, 21st overall (which, to be technical, is not “bottom-third”, it’s the last spot in the middle-third). 20+yd runs were also reduced by 35%, which doesn’t factor in the overall ranking but is important.

    A rookie and 2 aging free agent linemen with no-name back 7 bring the pass D from 31 to 16 (6th in sacks) in just 1 season. They bring in another monster rookie lineman & will get some more quality free agents for certain, yet somehow you envision they are headed for “a big fail”. Lions fans see encouraging signs and dare to have hope. Other teams and most fans are giving respect. “Delusional” means strongly holding an opinion that is resistant to reality or actual facts, and that describes all the Lion-haters that think nothing has changed in Motown. Hope we meet your team this year.

  41. footballfan292 says: Jul 12, 2011 3:39 PM

    Bucs have TONS of cap room that they will be forced to spend. $40-50 million under the cap. So if the Bucs want to win the bidding war, they can.

  42. melonnhead says: Jul 12, 2011 7:09 PM

    Either you don’t understand the value of stats, or you simply ignore the meaningful ones that don’t support your anti-Lions sentiment.

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    That pretty much settles the Barry/Emmitt debate, eh?

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