Texans reportedly in “lead” for Asomugha

AP

We mentioned last night that the Texans were working hard to sign either Nnamdi Asomugha or Johnathan Joseph last night.

According to NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi, Houston is now in the “lead” for Asomugha’s services.  He believes the deal would average between $12-14 million per season.

That’s actually less than many anticipated for Asomugha, but the bidding hasn’t ended.  And the numbers are already higher than the Jets pay Darrelle Revis.

We have a hard time believing the Jets would pay Asomugha more than Revis because of the problems that could create. If Asomugha really wants to play in New York, he may have to take less money to do so.

108 responses to “Texans reportedly in “lead” for Asomugha

  1. About time the Texans put in a bid for Asomugha. I really believe that’s the best place for him, and I’m a Ravens fan.

  2. It would be nice to see the best wide receiver and cornerback on the same team in my opinion

  3. It makes the most sense. Have the Texans defense ever dropped out of the 20s in defensive passing yards?

  4. Go texans!!! Im sick of seeing the overrated colts winning that division. That team wouldnt even be .500 without manning.

  5. It’s also important to note that we (Houston) have been played before just to drive up the price for a player.

    cough…Leigh Bodden…cough…

  6. “If Asomugha really wants to play in New York, he may have to take less money to do so…”

    And players are all about taking less money. That’s why they become free agents.

  7. I said it 2 days ago… Don’t rule out the TEXANS! It’s our biggest need, Wade Phillips as our D.C will demand better players.

    Not to mention Peter King said just days ago Nnamdi will land in Houston!

    Come to Houston Nnamdi!!!

  8. lol @ take less money to play with Revis, it should be the other way round, Aso has been solid for years, Revis had 2 good seasons and had the luxury of Rex Ryan shooting off his mouth about how good he was.

    Aso > Revis

  9. People anticipated more than $12-14 million a year for Asomugha because they don’t know what the hell they’re talking about, or mistake what Al Davis does with how the rest of the league is apt to behave.

  10. Revis and Asomugha on the same team would be insane! I’m not a Jets fan but that would make for a scary combination.
    I would like the move to Houston, the Texans are a very talented team and could be one guy away from making the step to serious playoff contenders.

  11. Get real you Jet homers. He’ll sign in Texas because it is a state tax free state. On a $100 mill contract, the kid will pocket an extra $8 -$12 mill. verses living in NYC or NJ. He would have to earn an additional $20-25 mill just to make up for the tax difference. Not even knucklehead football players would think an acting career is worth forfeiting 8 figures….except for Tiki “the Family “Man” Barber.

  12. Your an idiot if you really think he’s going to pass up on the best chance to win the superbowl for an extra 1-2 mil a year.

    The guy has raked in over 30 mil the past 2 years.

  13. Yeah.. last big contract and you will lose 4 million a year to be Revis B-Boy.. basically Texans said you don’t take it Joseph will and make more money than you do with the Jets

  14. This is music to all the Jets haters ears!
    Always live by the King Rex’ #1 Rule: “Hate all you want, just NEVER IGNORE US!!”

    This ain’t over yet!!

    Now haters, obiediently follow this rule and start your negative Jets posts!! LOL!!

  15. IF that’s his asking price; then I am no longer hoping he comes to my team…..$14 million is too much money to be spent on one player. A difference-maker in this league is worth $5 million guaranteed cash per season (QB is exempt from this theory). As great as this guy might be, I’d rather have the 3 difference makers instead of him.

  16. New York = dirty and cold, high state tax, restrictive firearm laws plus surrounded by liberal weenies 24/7

    Texas = warm and sunny, no state tax, plenty of biscuits and gravy and they’ll issue you your very own handgun as soon as you step off the plane. They will be offended if you don’t carry it with you everywhere you go.

  17. “And players are all about taking less money. That’s why they become free agents.”

    Right, because Asomugha chose to leave, he definitely wasn’t released or anything.

  18. God I hope the Niners come in and up the offer. They need this guy. I wouldn’t be upset if the Texans got him though. Just not the Jets or Cowboys. Niners or Texans is where he should land. He could really help out both teams.

  19. hey i watched nfl network this morning too, great investigating reporting. ya’l sure do have some inside leads to whats going on

  20. “If Asomugha really wants to play in New York, he may have to take less money to do so.”

    Thank you Captain Obvious.

  21. 3 things to note here.

    1. Media hates that Texans are in lead, as they want to hype up the Jets so bad for Nnamdi.

    2. Jets fans say they wont need him, claiming that Sanchize will lead the team to a ring. Good one.

    3. 3 straight years of guarantees will be 3 straight years of failure for Fat Ryan.. Time will come when those idiot jets fans started hating him for coming up short.

  22. steelers4385 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:45 AM

    Go texans!!! Im sick of seeing the overrated colts winning that division. That team wouldnt even be .500 without manning.

    __________________________________

    Most ignorant comment ever!

  23. Houston would be a good fit for him. Not gonna lie though it would make me ecstatic to see him land in Atlanta. Nnamdi and Dunta with Grimes as a third back. Now that’s a defense I’d like to see. I would much rather see him in Houston than in New York though. I am surprised more teams are not after him.

  24. Once again.. Aso himself has said that he doesn’t really want to play for Houston. I guess that can change, but before its all said and done, if any one is going to get him that cheaply, it will be Al.

  25. Why would the Jets pick up another defensive player when they already have arguably the best CB in the NFL in Revis? Just to say they have both on the same team? Is that worth tieing up all that money on 2 players?

  26. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSEEEEEEEE!

    come to Houston, Nnamdi! Oh the happiness you will bring if you keep my Texans’ secondary [and personnel mgmt] from stabbing me in the heart yet again…

  27. Good for Nnamdi it would be great to see him in gang green but you can’t always get what you want. There is always johnathan Joseph as well jets fans we got a great orginaztion we will be fine no need to be greedy.

  28. Texans 6-10
    Raiders 8-8

    Playing for a winner? I guess at that price, if the Raiders can afford him, he’s stayin in the east bay.
    Look, he’s a Cali guy, college and pros, why move and start over on a new team in such a short time frame when he can play with familiar team mates, not have to look for a house quick or live in an apartment because of the quick timing. He’s got Rod Woodson as DB coach, a good friend of his. The D is solid, the O is starting to gel. Al loves him, the community loves him, the fans love him. Home is where the heart is and his heart is in Raiderville!

  29. Oh.. and I wouldn’t believe a Mike Lombardi story about the Raiders if my life depended on it…. He still holds a grudge that he was the scapegoat in the second Art Shell debacle.

  30. No secondary has needed a player of his caliber more than Houston. That secondary just gets shredded every year, it seems. I’m a Giants fan, but the Texans are my AFC team. I think with this signing and the potential mess in Indianapolis, they can take the division in 2011.

  31. Being from Houston I’m bout 2 die. I wanted NJ because he’s younger but Asomugha is the best 1 half of the field is taken care of lets take care of the other

    GO TEXANS

  32. He would make the Texans a better team but the best in Texas I don’t think so how many times does Dallas have to beat the Texans wait ya’ll still think ya’ll are a better team than the colts

  33. goawayeverybody: “Why would he want to join a team that sucks ballz? Don’t any of these players care about making the playoffs?”

    Kinda wondering why you sign in every day to talk about football when it’s become blatantly obvious that your knowledge in that department is about on par with a squirrel in Central Park.

  34. I think the Eagles could definitly use Asomugha opposite Asante Samuel. Come on Eagles, trade Kolb and then go and get Nnamdi and we are set.

    I dare anyone to disagree….

  35. Go texans!!! Im sick of seeing the overrated colts winning that division. That team wouldnt even be .500 without manning.
    ……………………………………………………………………………..

    Well, guess what? WE DO HAVE PEYTON MANNING. See you week 3 in Pittsburgh. It’ll be a nice to be sitting at 3-0 after leaving that s**tty city…

  36. Can we stop with all the “Aso is a class act” BS. He fleeced the Raiders over the last contract for $17 million a year or the franchise tag number for a QB, which everone was greater. The Raiders would have signed him to a long term deal at $12mil per year 3 years ago (before the Reevis deal), but Aso the “class act” wanted every penny he could get from the team that recoginzed his talent from the start. The raiders were mocked for taking him in the first round, stuck with him during a couple really rough couple of years then rewarded him with a franchise tag and a Huge deal.

    Now, I can understand going to the Jets for less money. That team has been to the AFC Championship two years in a row, and are sure to be a contender for years t come. But the Texans? That teams is not close to being a SB contender. They are a trendy pick each year, but will not surpass Indy and can hardly move ahead of Jacksonville or Tennesse in their own division.

    If Aso was such a class act he would either sign with the jets or resign with the Raiders for a deal in the $12 million per range.

  37. texans need him to help win the division & beat the colts. plus manning has often said nnamdi is the best corner in the game.

  38. The Jets do not have a chance at signing Nnamdi and it is about time you and the other media outlets cut back on the story, there are a bunch of Teams that want Nnamdi and that are talking to him.

    Take this to the Bank, if the amount stays at between 12 and 14 million Al Davis will resign Nnamdi in a Heart Beat and Nnamdi will stay Home. At 12 the Raiders would be saving between 5 and 6 mil a year on what he was due and at 14 between 3 and 3.5.

    Also remember that the Raiders have been in consistent contact with Nnamdi over the past few days and what ever happens Nnamdi will be talking to Al Davis before he signs any where. As Hue stated read what you want about this guy going here and this guy going there but a lot can happen before Friday, he said it with a smirk, the same smirk he had when he was asked if he had talked with Nnamdi over the past couple days as he nodded a yes.

    How stunned the NFL and other Fans will be when he resigns with the Oakland Raiders. Al loves to let people in the media and around the NFL make fools of themselves. The Jets?, do not make me laugh, he is Raider thru and thru, always has been always will be.

  39. Party Monster says:
    GO HOUSTON GO!!!
    -Signed, Jets Fan

    ————————————-
    I second that cheer!
    -Signed, Another Jets Fan

  40. If Asomugha is purely motivated by money, he could sign with the Texans for less than NY,SF will pay him and still come out better financially because TX doesn’t have an income tax and its far cheaper to live there.

  41. Nnamdi is one of the league’s smartest and most level-headed guys. I bet he has no interest in playing for a fringe contender, or for a coach whose foot is already out the door.

    He already has his money- only thing missing from his legacy is a RING.

  42. In response to:

    “xxflydjxx18 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:42 AM

    It would be nice to see the best wide receiver and cornerback on the same team in my opinion”

    The post said that Houston was in the lead for his services, not Detroit. Megatron is the best WR in football.

  43. Nnamdi a class act and a true pro on and off the field. Whoever gets him will be fortunate. However don’t think for a minute whatever offer he gets, he won’t run it by Al before he signs anything. If it is way north of 10 million per year, c-ya Nnamdi, and if it close he will be in silver and black next year.

  44. Id love to see him go to the niners. Niners have big holes qb and cornerback are the biggest. Jets make sense for him. Paired up with revis on a good D. They been contenders for last couple of seasons. But i would hate to see the jets land him. I rather him go to the texans, i think texans can be a contender if they just fix that pass def.

  45. Why would a super-talented player ever want to sign a deal to play for a team that GUARANTEES the only way he gets to the Superbowl is to buy or bum a ticket?

  46. New York is the worst place in the world to live if you don’t have money, and it’s the best place in the world to live if you do have money. Revis wouldn’t be doing Nike commercials if he was playing in Jax. New York is the big stage, there is no disputing that..

  47. @bunjy96

    Bucs gm came out with a statement about how the teams formula is about not paying overpriced free agents and building through the draft.

    Who knew Mark Dominik was so smart?

  48. and now the Jets dont want him anyway. They want Joseph

    really, how bout he didnt want to play in that circus tent

  49. People act like the Texans are the Lions of a few years back. Do I think the Texans are better than the Jets – No. But we are close.
    Listen to these pro-bowlers who will be healthy this year.

    1. Matt Schaub
    2. Arian Foster
    3. Andre Johnson
    4. Owen Daniels
    5. Vonta Leach (If he resigns)

    6. Mario Williams
    7. Brian Cushing
    8. DeMeco Ryans
    9. **Add Nnamdi
    10. Add Another D-line If Nnamdi comes everyone is better.

    The Texans are no slouch.

    We also now have a proven D- Coordinator. We know what the offense can do.

    We can pay his salary, no state income tax, warm weather.

    He can have his cake and eat it too here in HOUSTON!

  50. Anyone hear any news about him staying in Oakland? I’ll be sad if he leaves. If he does go anywhere though, I hope it’s Houston or Baltimore. Anywhere but the Jets and the Cowboys.

    Nnamdi could come in and help Houston finally beat able to beat the Peyton Manning’s…I mean, the Colts.

    Best of luck to wherever he goes.

  51. nfaftw says:
    3 things to note here.

    1. Media hates that Texans are in lead, as they want to hype up the Jets so bad for Nnamdi.
    2. Jets fans say they wont need him, claiming that Sanchize will lead the team to a ring. Good one.
    3. 3 straight years of guarantees will be 3 straight years of failure for Fat Ryan.. Time will come when those idiot jets fans started hating him for coming up short.

    —————————————————–
    actually, nfaftw, make that 4 things to note…

    4. I am a Dolphins fan tired of seeing “that other team” get all the press and reading stories about all the free agents wanting to be part of Rex Ryan’s team.

    NOW your list is complete.

    Rex won’t be hated, numb nuts. When it all is said and done, the TEAM wins the games, not the coach. Rex has bravado, Rex is boastful, and he is a NY Media delight. Everyone eats this up! Jets fans are excited that their team’s coach believes in the athletes and gets them fired up.

    But thanks for predicting how you think we will feel. I needed a chuckle in the middle of a long work day.

  52. The literal reading of revis’ contract is ineeded less but in reality the numbers are not higher than Revis.

    Revis deal in reality is not a 4 year deal but a 2 year deal at 16.1 million per year that will be redone next year. Years 3 and 4 salaries drop off but Revis has the hole card that he cannot be franchised or restricted. Many people have said they expect Revis to ask for and get a new deal before the start of next year or he will simply play out his contract and test the FA market.

    The contract Revis signed was a terrible deal for the Jets. Tannenbaum has admitted it. But the Jets were desperate to end his holdout last year.

  53. Best team in Texas with or without him.

    ==============================

    That’s like being the best rapper in Salt Lake City!

  54. 75% Change Nnamdi stays in Oakland.

    Just remember, Al Davis has never lost a player he wanted to keep. A lot of people predicted WR Tim Brown would leave for the Cowboys and Broncos, but that never happened either.

  55. The Texans need Asomugha a lot more than the Jets and will overpay to get him (if they’re smart). The Jets have Revis Island and can cheat the safety to help whoever is playing CB2–not ideal, but still better than most. Why in the world would you pay this kind of money for a player to cover the other team’s #2 WR?

  56. Let’s see….

    Nnamdi’s agent looks at New York vs California vs Texas:

    San Fran: Stupid taxes, bad team
    NY: Stupid taxes, less cap room
    Houston: No State Income taxes, huge cap room,
    on cusp of playoffs

    Boom: Hello Houston, it is Nnamdi

  57. I have seen some posting on Jets boards that the Texans have given up on Aso and have shifted their attention to Joesph. No links provided so it may be just wishful Jet fan postings. Or it could be maybe Aso is just to expensive in comparison to Joseph or a lot of the interest is just Aso’s agent trying to drive up his price.

    The situation sounds pretty fluid with no real info either way other than the likely candidates are SF, The Jets and the Texans. Is he delaying a decision to just drive up the price or is he really having that tough a time making a decision?

  58. Even if the offers are the same, he would make a significant amount more by going to Texas (close to 10%) with the tax disparity

  59. steeelfann says:

    Let’s see….

    Nnamdi’s agent looks at New York vs California vs Texas:

    San Fran: Stupid taxes, bad team
    NY: Stupid taxes, less cap room
    Houston: No State Income taxes, huge cap room,
    on cusp of playoffs

    Boom: Hello Houston, it is Nnamdi

    ————————————————————-Take a closer look at Texas.

    Worst education system, biggest polluter, worst air quality, dumbest citizens, one of the poorest states, worst justice system. Not a friendly place to be an intellectual, aspiring actor or a black man.

    SF and NY are much more appealing places to raise a family. Smarter people, more culture, better restaurants and a lot more to do. In NY he can make a lot more money in advertising and prepare for his career after football more than making up his loss in salary.

    SF certainly has the climate, culture, lifestyle and atmosphere that would be appealing to Aso. Those things would be hard for him to give up to move to NY. Hence the reason for wanting to find a way to make SF work for himself.

    While Houston may be an oasis in the desert and one of the few liveable places in Texas along with Austin its hard to imagine a man who as progressive as Aso voluntarily moving to Texas.

  60. From all accounts Nnamdi is a quality person along with being a great cornerback. Some one you want on your team.

    I just don’t know why he would go to a classless team like the jets.

    Houston needs alot of help in their secondary and that have some talent on that team, they are on the cusp to be playoff bound.

    Money + Team on the Rise + Professional Organization = any team but the jets or raiders!

  61. Love how people just hate on the jets cus Rex Ryan speaks his mind. Also sick of hearing every year that this is gonna be the texans year only to go 500 and be an average team. Even with aso u guys will be an average team, texans wish they had the success the jets have had.

  62. @zinn22

    Yikes, have you ever been to Houston?

    First, half of the top 10 cities with the worst air quality are in northern California. Houston isn’t even in the top 10. Second, Houston is home to some of the smartest citizens in the United States. We have some of the top hospitals, engineers flock to come to Houston, ect. We’re also home to the “Harvard of the South”, Rice University. Third, we’re among the most culturally diverse cities in the country. Get your facts straight.

  63. Why are some of you speaking as if the jets really have a chance in hell of making it to the Superbowl?! Rex Ryan is a loser just like his Dad was, his brother is the only one in that family that is a half way decent coach, and probably because he doesn’t have his Dad’s mouth like Rex does!

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