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Don’t rule out Saints in Nnamdi chase

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The 49ers have lured cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha back to the Bay Area for a visit.  But don’t rule out the team that employs one of the men who coached Nnamdi when he played in Oakland.

Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is believed to be making a big push to get Nnamdi to New Orleans, per a source with knowledge of Asomugha’s situation.

Other interested teams include the Cardinals, Texans, and Broncos.

When Asomugha signed with the Eagles in 2011, Ryan’s Cowboys provided the stiffest competition.  In the end, Asomugha picked Philly, but only after Ryan nearly convinced him to choose Dallas.

Said the source of Asomugha’s attitude toward Ryan:  “[Asomugha] loves him and trusts him.”

If Nnamdi, who has never played in a playoff game during 10 NFL season, gets out of San Fran without a contract, the Saints could be the team to watch.

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55 Responses to “Don’t rule out Saints in Nnamdi chase”
  1. sxt004 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:07 PM

    Jason David 2.0

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 14, 2013 1:08 PM

    What do Rex Ryan and Nnamdi have in common? Pierre Garçon and Santana Moss made life a living hell for them in 2012!

  3. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 14, 2013 1:09 PM

    They want a player that doesn’t cheat? Go somewhere else, the Aints are all done.

  4. ttommytom says: Mar 14, 2013 1:10 PM

    He’s already made stupid money and can earn another 4 mil sitting on the couch.

    It is on him if he wants to play for a winner or wants to make more money he won’t ever spend…

  5. richiedean says: Mar 14, 2013 1:11 PM

    I doubt he leaves SF without a contract

  6. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 14, 2013 1:12 PM

    Oops I meant Rob Ryan. But you can understand why I would forget the irrelevant Ryan of the family.

  7. fpimentel72 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:15 PM

    That why we need to sign him, we let Desmond Bryant go and bunch of other guys so if we let him go and Woodson they will sign with other team and that will leave us with crappy corners.

  8. romospersonalsnuggie says: Mar 14, 2013 1:15 PM

    Should have never fleeced the Dallas Cowboys nnamdi

  9. hitstick49er says: Mar 14, 2013 1:17 PM

    If he wants to be a legit contender then SF is his choice. He would fill a needed gap in New Orleans defense who was horrid in every aspect of their game. Things could get interesting…

  10. chawk12thman says: Mar 14, 2013 1:17 PM

    Will be hard to leave SF if a quality contract offer is presented. I agree with Richiedean, that he doesnt leave w/o contract.

  11. tjrogers09 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:17 PM

    What is the hype with Nnamdi??? He was a total bust in Philly so I don’t see what the big deal is that teams are chasing him down. Sweet dream team eagles hahahahaa!

  12. fhuizar says: Mar 14, 2013 1:18 PM

    How do the Ryan brothers still have jobs in the NFL

  13. tombradyswig says: Mar 14, 2013 1:19 PM

    Whoever signs him, the other 3 teams WR’s in that div should me smiling!! Nnamdi is HORRIBLE!!

  14. hitstick49er says: Mar 14, 2013 1:19 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 14, 2013 1:12 PM
    Oops I meant Rob Ryan. But you can understand why I would forget the irrelevant Ryan of the family.

    ^ nobody cares what you have to say… Ever! Your biased opinions based on Washington being relevant for the first time since 1992 mean nothing.

  15. hopper15 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:21 PM

    49ers possess a way stronger front seven than New Orleans. Seems like a no brainer if he really wants to reestablish his career.

  16. leggett17 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:21 PM

    Clearly he was quick and could cover during his Raider days, but he is built like an 8th grader. His ego and lack of a killer instinct in the running game led to him being cut.

  17. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:23 PM

    This blog/article is bogus. Do you all think Nnamdi wants to play in Rob Ryan’s defense again? C’mon now. He’s smarter than that.

  18. marcinhouston says: Mar 14, 2013 1:25 PM

    If he wants a coach who doesn’t look and act angry all the time, he will choose New Orleans.

  19. blippityboom says: Mar 14, 2013 1:25 PM

    I’d love to reestablish my career as an astronaut. But I’ve never been to outer space.

    Kinda like trying to reestablish yourself as a winner when you have never been to the playoffs.

  20. ttommytom says: Mar 14, 2013 1:30 PM

    He’s a press corner only. He’s long and thin. In zone or off he looks from OK to totally lost. He would excel in Seattle or now in Dallas.

  21. pigbenis69 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:33 PM

    last I checked you can’t coach speed & that’s where Nnamdi struggles the most – he can’t run with NFL receivers anymore. He was never a fast guy, and he’s not gonna get any faster at 32 years old this year. But hey, if you guys who didn’t watch every snap he played over the last 2 seasons think he still has something left in the tank based on his name alone be my guest and sign him. All these fans that want him will be saying “oh well, he’s washed up anyway” when he signs with another team.

  22. sgtr0c says: Mar 14, 2013 1:34 PM

    Oh My Golly, I think I may agree with LogicalV. Namdi and Rob Ryan do have something in common, failed 2012 campaigns. Good Luck SF/NO, I am sure these two will get you another SB.

  23. whodat318 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:35 PM

    When word got out that Rob Ryan was entering the “Who Dat Nation,” I like many other Saints fans questioned this decision. Looking at Nnamdi’s stellar performance as a Raider under the direction of Rob Ryan in Oakland this move could win Saints fans over and force us to jump on the “Rob Ryan Bandwagon” if Nnamdi can find his groove again. After his play in Philly the last two years running the Wide 9 and other outlandish schemes many have forgot the last time he was a free agent he was arguably the best corner in the league besides Revis and ONLY REVIS!!! The way our defense played last year Nnamdi will be a tremendous pickup even if he is 50% of what he were in Oakland.

  24. blippityboom says: Mar 14, 2013 1:36 PM

    hey ttommytom:
    He especially proved last year that “press corners” are only as good as their legs are at running. Did you watch anything of him this past season?

  25. fonetiklee says: Mar 14, 2013 1:37 PM

    Well, if he wants to continue his playoff-less streak, NO is definitely somewhere to consider.

  26. andyreidsskinnyjeans says: Mar 14, 2013 1:39 PM

    His fingers will be ripped off by Patrick Willis when he points to Willis after the first missed assignment by Willis (Nnamdi)

  27. tylertib09 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:42 PM

    Both of these teams will be in the playoffs next year regardless adding him will only help. It won’t hurt to add experience an depth at corner. Both have a bad secondary and saints running a 3-4 will improve a lot

  28. flmike says: Mar 14, 2013 1:43 PM

    As a Bucs fan, please Saints, please, sign Nnamdi…

  29. tavia47 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:43 PM

    What happen to Keenan from Pittsburgh I prefer him over what ever his name is. Just think if we would look in our own backyard we would have some Stella players right at home. just saying”

  30. ttommytom says: Mar 14, 2013 1:52 PM


    I assumed he could still run and was in the wrong system.

    I saw him ‘OK to lost’ vs the Giants twice.

  31. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 14, 2013 1:53 PM

    I know Nnamdi better than any of these PFT bloggers. Nnamdi was respectfully envious of his friend C Woodson because of the defensive system he was in at Green Bay. That was Dom Capers defense and pretty much the same system that Frisco runs under Fangio – Capers’ protege.

    Nnamdi may love Ryan but I doubt he wants to play in that system again.

  32. officialgame says: Mar 14, 2013 1:55 PM

    Do these guys look at film or just go on rep?

  33. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 14, 2013 2:01 PM

    Dude, the 9ers are not going back to the Superbowl this year. How many Superbowl losers return to the Superbowl game the next year in the last 10-20 years?

    It’s extremely rare and give the defensive coordinators a year to study Kaep and he won’t be able to pull as much of that running around crap like he did when he took everyone by surprise in ’12.

    Besides the most glaring factor working against them: they seem to be the offseason champs.

  34. m1a1mg says: Mar 14, 2013 2:04 PM

    I thought the Saints had no cap room?

  35. edwardemanuelson says: Mar 14, 2013 2:08 PM

    Let the two losers like nnamdi and rob stick together.

  36. fpimentel72 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:22 PM

    I told you guys, Woodson and Asomugha is getting an contracts with SF as we speak.

  37. birdsfan25 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:22 PM

    Cracks me up when people same Nnamdi was playing at a high level in oakland and philly ruined him by not using him in the right scheme. Go check your facts and you will see that in Nnamdi’s last year in oakland he was thrown at 17 times, everyone like me back then when he hit the open market never paid attention. When he started to do bad in here in Philly I looked up his stats and videos from Oakland and found that besides a couple years he was never really tested, no one ever threw at him and also he never got any interceptions. So when he came to philly he was already slowing down and was not use to being thrown at that many times. He was exposed in Philly so bad and not because of there scheme, if you watched every play of every eagles game last year they actually reworked their offense for Nnamdi and had him in man coverage that was even worse because he would get torched so bad by recievers. Believe in this guy all you want like me and most of the other Eagles fans did because of his name and his hype. I will tell you right now he does make defenses worse because he gives up the big play and once teams see that they will continue to throw at him on deep plays. watch the Carolina philly game last year. The only thing you get with Nnamdi is a guy who does great community work, but is an awful teammate and player. In every press conference last year he always was blamming someone else never would say he was a problem and had to fix it.

  38. yourignorancespreads says: Mar 14, 2013 2:23 PM

    When the saints want the saints get. Sorry San Fran but Bree’s and championships are too much for Namdi to turn down.

  39. warhammer420 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:25 PM

    He’s washed up. His Oakland days are long gone, and I don’t understand why all these teams want him.

  40. birdsfan25 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:27 PM

    Im sorry I said he was only targeted 17 it was 27 still a very low amount of targets

  41. socal64 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    Who are some of you trying to kid? The saints are one of the few teams who cold crush the 49ers. Weve had 4 great receivers, a monster tight end, not to mention our running backs. Teams out there are itching to sign devery henderson, whose a free agent, and hardly any casual fan even knows of him….and his monster speed. With a (hopefully) better defense AND OUR COACH BACK, we’ll see where we stand later in the year. I just love it that everyone think the saints are automatically out of it this upcoming year. Not to talk trash ( we respect every other team and its fans…except the dirty birds).

  42. ripster65 says: Mar 14, 2013 2:51 PM

    I don’t understand why people keep giving logicalvoice the please of the “thumbs-down”….

  43. nolagirl says: Mar 14, 2013 2:57 PM

    Well said, Mr. Florio. Don’t Rule Out the Saints!

  44. johnclaytonsponytail says: Mar 14, 2013 3:01 PM

    Well see soon enough

  45. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 14, 2013 3:03 PM

    When Asomugha signed with the Eagles, Ryan referred to the “dream team” as “all hype.”
    Does he still love and trust Ryan after that?

  46. larryjames836 says: Mar 14, 2013 3:14 PM

    New Orleans Saints has one of the best GM in the NFL Mickey Loomis. He’s a guy that studies these players and the Saints are a smart organization, Sean Payton knows what he’s looking for and what he want to do in 2013. Everybody talking about the New Orleans Saints and don’t have know ideal what they all about one thang for surer they will be contenders.

  47. tincansailor981 says: Mar 14, 2013 3:16 PM

    Please, please rule out the Saints. Last year was bad enough and this year is not exactly looking real pretty at the moment. Don’t make it worse by signing this dude. I’d rather see them cultivate new talent than throw good money away chasing a DB whose best days are behind him.

  48. ninerhatersgetready4ring6 says: Mar 14, 2013 3:28 PM


    Where have you been the past two years. It appears the Niners have crushed your Aint’s the past two years. You remember the playoffs game in 2011, when Alex Smith beat you guys on the Vernon Post. Okay I see you have a short time memory, You remember when Kap, basically a rookie in his second full start, beat the Aint’s in NO. Matter of fact, when was the last time, the Aint’s beat the Niners?
    There are only two teams in the NFC that will get in the Niners way of getting back to the SuperBowl and those two teams are the Giants /the SeaHawks.
    The below teams are too one dimensional to beat the Niners:

    (1) GB – Dominated 2x last yr by Niners
    (2) Detroit – Beaten 2x the past two years
    (3) NO – Beaten 2x the past two years
    (4) ATL – No running game / suspect defense.

  49. socal64 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:07 PM


    I do remember…i remember brees hitting graham for a 60 yard touchdown (remember that?) I also remember us having the dumbest possible play ever on that TD, where we blitzed everyone for no reason. The saints periodically kill the giants, except for last season (i wonder why? could no sean payton have anything to do with it? winkwink) The 49ers are an enigma, if not for thier defense, which will change, you fools would be in the basement, where you belong. Although i will admit last season was special for the 49ers. Dont count on you guys being dominant, when teams figure out how to stop your QB, youre done.

  50. ripster65 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:21 PM

    ripster65 says:
    Mar 14, 2013 2:51 PM
    I don’t understand why people keep giving logicalvoice the please of the “thumbs-down”….
    first, I meant pleasure ^…..but I do believe he thrives on even the negative attention…he does get more votes than most anyone else, therefore he’ll never stop. If no one votes either way, he may shut ‘er down and be forced into a new username again…(right, hulkhogansays?)

  51. fpimentel72 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:31 PM

    Kiss Asomugh to the Saint good-bye, they just sign somebody

  52. sdave1971 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:40 PM


    Crushed?!? Frisco beat us by 4 points in the playoffs. You call that crushed?!? What is 5 points? Demolished? If it was 6 points would you say that we’re not in the same league as Frisco?

    Last season Frisco won by 10 points to the worst defense in league history. Yeah, Frisco crushed the worst defense in the history of the league by an astonishing 10 points.

    Does your mom’s basement have a window? Because you need some fresh air. Or a thesaurus.

  53. rayb504 says: Mar 15, 2013 4:05 AM

    hey logicalvoice your an idiot learn the right name

  54. rayb504 says: Mar 15, 2013 4:14 AM

    oh and yall keep running that mouth im not saying the saints are going to the superbowl this year but whatever the saints gain will be alot better than last year and the 49ers arent cutting it this year the last 2 years they were thattttt close dont count on it this time kaper… is done after this year just like aaron brooks was after his blowout rookie season haha goodluck losers should have never let alex go…

  55. fpimentel72 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:29 AM

    You like to talk a lot of crap do you @rayb, my Niners have a dangerous offense and the d-fense is going to get more dangerous of the signing of Asomugh/Woodson.

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