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Loomis, Payton met with Asomugha before heading to Phoenix


Early on Monday, there were reports that cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha’s visit with the Saints didn’t include meetings with either General Manager Mickey Loomis or coach Sean Payton because they’d already left for the owners meetings in Phoenix.

As it turns out, Loomis and Payton were able to multitask on Sunday. Loomis and Payton met with Asomugha before heading to the airport and Loomis told Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune that they “hit it off” with the former Eagles corner.

“We’re always looking for good players to improve our team and we think Nnamdi would be a great fit for our defense and our team,” Loomis said.

Loomis didn’t elaborate as to any offer the team made to Asomugha, but did say that the team is waiting on the cornerback’s decision about where he wants to play. The 49ers are also in play for Asomugha, who is either trying to line up other interest or trying to decide between the two NFC teams.

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19 Responses to “Loomis, Payton met with Asomugha before heading to Phoenix”
  1. drwang13 says: Mar 18, 2013 1:37 PM

    I feel bad for whoever picks this cancer up

  2. nananatman says: Mar 18, 2013 1:40 PM

    Based on his Eagles stats if they offered him a jersey and an autograph he should take it.

  3. nineroutsider says: Mar 18, 2013 1:44 PM

    If he is cheap enough, I hope the 9ers take a flier on Asomugha. However, they shouldn’t overpay him; he looked wasted in Philly…let the Saints have him if they are inclined to overpay him.

    I think SF would be abetter fit for him; the Saints defense is always transitioning it seems. Asomugha will get a lot more help in SF. Both teams are good choices for him though if he wants to win; make no mistake, the Saints will bounce back this year. SF is in better position, but the Saints will regain their 2011 form.

  4. andrewproughcfe says: Mar 18, 2013 1:46 PM

    >”Asomugha, who is either trying to line up other interest or trying to decide between the two NFC teams.”


    Call me cynical, but have you considered the possibility that he’s looking for the biggest payday?

  5. jprcox says: Mar 18, 2013 1:49 PM

    SF is going to draft their backfield this year. I can’t see SF trying as hard as other teams, since I think their interest is so-so.

  6. etrain7 says: Mar 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    He’s the perfect underachieving addition for the worst Defense in football.

  7. jark5 says: Mar 18, 2013 2:14 PM

    Two years ago Nnamdi did the same thing and held a couple of teams “over the barrel.” Considering his age, this is probably his last contract and this seems like a “Money grab.” Let him go play for the CFL…I’m sure the Hamilton Tiger-Cats would love to hame him!

    Who’s in coverage? “Not me” Asomugha!

  8. chipwade says: Mar 18, 2013 2:15 PM

    He needs to be on a defense that can get a lot of pressure on the QB. I don’t know if Rob Ryan’s defense will do that. 49ers are a much better option if he wants to have a solid season. He got picked apart last season in coverage.

  9. swampdawg80 says: Mar 18, 2013 2:32 PM

    Hope the Saints sign him. No matter what he did in Philly, he can’t be no worse than what we had on defense last year.

  10. thetwilightsown says: Mar 18, 2013 2:48 PM

    All these Iggles fans crying about how bad Nnamdi was last year… Ever stop to think that your entire defense, entire team for that matter, might have been the problem?
    No one on that defense did anything this year, you fired your coaching staff and none of your free agents – except, ironically… the cut Asomugha – are in demand. Maybe it wasn’t just the one guy?

    P.S. at least you’re signing all kinds of free agents – that worked out pretty well last time, right?

  11. pushier says: Mar 18, 2013 3:05 PM

    Hey I don’t care what anybody says this guy was an all-pro at one time.Not just once either.I’m an Eagles fan and from the get go things were screwed up.Nnamdi is best at man-press coverage and they had him in zones plus you had an offensive guy as the defensive coordinator.I would give this guy another chance in a different system for the right price.

  12. musicman495 says: Mar 18, 2013 3:20 PM

    thetwilightsown says: Mar 18, 2013 2:48 PM

    All these Iggles fans crying about how bad Nnamdi was last year… Ever stop to think that your entire defense, entire team for that matter, might have been the problem?
    Not to mention the coaching staff – the defensive coordinator was a offensive line coach, for God’s sake. (“Paging Mr. Reid, your Wide Nine is ready.”)

  13. drwang13 says: Mar 18, 2013 3:23 PM

    Hey Twilight, You should do some research before you comment. All the “big” names they signed before the 2011 season have pretty much been cut or not resigned. Not just Asomugha.

    I like who the Eagles have been signing. We need people that want to play on our team, not divas who just want a paycheck. The “Dream Team” was an epic fail, we get it. Time to move on.

  14. goldrush36 says: Mar 18, 2013 3:29 PM

    I would rather draft Trufant or Rhodes but I think Nnamdi would actually be a good fit with the niners. He can’t be any worse than Rogers. Sure there were times he was in man and struggled but lets face facts. Eagles don’t have the niners front 7 and they had an O-line coach for Dcord

  15. eaglesfanalways says: Mar 18, 2013 3:30 PM

    I don’t get it…he WAS a bust here in Philly based on the times he was toasted, but he did shut down Megatron. What does that tell you?

  16. eaglesince86 says: Mar 18, 2013 3:44 PM

    @pushier nnamdi got beat in man very often ijs brother

  17. nfl4days says: Mar 18, 2013 3:49 PM

    Eagles fans always mention nnamdi being burned, well its pretty easy to be burned when you run a zone and the safety is ALWAYS out of place.

  18. gumbogumbo says: Mar 18, 2013 3:50 PM

    We’re hearing this was a lunch meeting in Nnamdi’s car.

  19. mistercharitystripe34 says: Mar 18, 2013 4:31 PM

    Let the Saints overpay for him. He could be a solid starter for the Niners playing behind a loaded front seven, but Trent Baalke is not one to overspend for free-agents. I see the Niners looking to improve their secondary through the draft. Perhaps Nnamdi would fit well with the Saints and Rob Ryan, I see him ending up there.

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