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Bryant McKinnie, Nnamdi Asomugha on Saints’ radar

Nnamdi Asomugha AP

The Saints could be preparing to add a couple of former Pro Bowlers — albeit former Pro Bowlers who haven’t played at a Pro Bowl level recently.

Both left tackle Bryant McKinnie and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha are on the Saints’ radar, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

McKinnie hadn’t previously been linked to the Saints, but he said in an interview on WNST in Baltimore that the Saints have shown interest in him. A source told the Times-Picayune that there were “general” talks between McKinnie and the Saints, but nothing more than that. After losing Jermon Bushrod in free agency, the Saints would like to add a left tackle. McKinnie started all four postseason games for the Ravens and is now an unrestricted free agent.

Asomugha has met with the Saints, and the Times-Picayune reports that the Saints view the choice of whether to come to New Orleans as Asomugha’s to make.

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  1. noring4youstill says: Mar 22, 2013 4:52 PM

    If the price is right

  2. nineroutsider says: Mar 22, 2013 4:56 PM

    Nnamdi must be getting weak offers; exactly what he deserves. Good on the Saints for not offering him a contract he couldn’t refuse.

    He will get a weak 1 year deal and will have to hit a bunch of incentives to maximize it; its the only way it makes sense to sign him.

    I’d rather just draft a corner, but if is he cheap enough it makes sense.

  3. briscocountyjr says: Mar 22, 2013 4:58 PM

    Its pretty much time. The Jaguars could push the saints out of the way for these guys draft geno smith and start lighting things up. everyone knows smith throws some dirty meatballs and I dont know why noone can get a clue about whats going happen when they turn it all around.

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 22, 2013 5:06 PM

    Has McKinnie been back in New Orleans since the Vikings choked away the NFC Championship game?

  5. kabmaforlife says: Mar 22, 2013 5:11 PM

    If Nnamdi were to come and play at half his potent entail…I think we’re good.

    If not would love to see milliner or Trufant here. What are the cons against such a move

  6. sterling7 says: Mar 22, 2013 5:11 PM

    IF the Saints sign Bryant McKinnie it will be the beginning of the end for them. As a Viking 4life since 1968 I’ve seen every one of Bryant McKinnie’s games as a Minnesota Viking and if the Saints are “stupid” enough to sign him they will get the same old lazy ass, McDonald’s eating, takes every play off clown. He will have already spent the money he signed for. And oh by the way his nickname is “Olay” because he’s like a matador, he let’s the bull or in this case the defensive ends come straight through………..he’s worthless!

  7. scrp2 says: Mar 22, 2013 5:16 PM

    In this photo taken last season during blowout, Nnamdi refuses to look at the scoreboard.

  8. sbaltimore says: Mar 22, 2013 5:16 PM

    Sounds as if McKinnie is trying to create the impression that the Saints are interested in his services more than anything else.

  9. kegrun says: Mar 22, 2013 5:17 PM

    Saints just trying to keep up with the Falcons high octane offense. Not gonna happen.

    Saints are going to have a hard time staying out of fourth in the NFC South.

  10. musicman495 says: Mar 22, 2013 5:28 PM

    nineroutsider says: Mar 22, 2013 4:56 PM

    I’d rather just draft a corner, but if is he cheap enough it makes sense.
    ——————————
    I think they might well draft a corner. But for a team with Super Bowl aspirations and a franchise QB who is not getting any younger, they probably feel it is no time for untested left tackles and cornerbacks.

  11. swampdawg80 says: Mar 22, 2013 5:31 PM

    Get em both Saints! I think they will be great additions to a good team.

  12. jam11163 says: Mar 22, 2013 5:31 PM

    please Nnamdi. go to a team in the nfc east. we will see you 2 times a year.
    thanks. your friend chip.

  13. dirtybird70 says: Mar 22, 2013 5:33 PM

    Doesn’t make sense. I don’t recall either one of those guys being cheaters.

  14. yourignorancespreads says: Mar 22, 2013 5:58 PM

    KEGRUN. Haha before you make dumb comments like the saints have to try and keep up with the falcons. You might want to understand that the south belongs to New Orleans and don’t kid your self. We own you guys and even with out coaches and player suspensions and horrible spagnola. We still beat you and Almost ran you twice last year. Now you dare to think the falcons own that division. Let me put it to you like this, just be happy you had the year you guys did because its all over now. Who dat is gonna spank you twice this year.

  15. grandpoopah says: Mar 22, 2013 6:00 PM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If Nnamdi signs with the Saints and has to cover Vincent Jackson, Steve Smith, and Julio Jones six times a season, he is going to singlehandedly surrender over 20 TD passes. Anyone interested in signing this loser has no clue what they’re doing.

  16. musicman495 says: Mar 22, 2013 6:14 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 22, 2013 5:06 PM

    Has McKinnie been back in New Orleans since the Vikings choked away the NFC Championship game?
    ———————–
    Ever heard of last month’s Super Bowl? It was in all the papers.

  17. cardiovascularendurance says: Mar 22, 2013 6:17 PM

    I’d just like to know what “potent entail” means.

  18. Deb says: Mar 22, 2013 6:42 PM

    Asomugha will be a steal for a defensive coordinator who knows how to use him. Or maybe I should just say he’ll be a steal for a defensive coordinator. His decline started at exactly the time he began playing corner for an offensive line coach. What a waste of a great player.

  19. bobonmycob says: Mar 22, 2013 6:53 PM

    yourignorancespreads says:Mar 22, 2013 5:58 PM

    Who dat is gonna spank you twice this year.

    So speaking in ebonics/fractured english is cool in New Orleans? Who dat isn’t a team or person.. It’s a question “who is that?” and we all have an answer “it’s the mediocre saints!”

  20. conormacleod says: Mar 22, 2013 7:01 PM

    McKinnie will eat himself out of the league within a year if he goes to N.O.

  21. beerbudsnbevo says: Mar 22, 2013 7:08 PM

    Believe it or not, the Saints are still in disarray

    The Defense is going through a transformation, and they are thin at a few positions already. Nnamdi isn’t gonna scare anybody…

    Tampa Bay has made some good moves, and Hotlanta will still be there…

    And just because Payton is back doesn’t mean they are a shoe in for the playoffs.

    Call me a hater. Whatever.

  22. briang123 says: Mar 22, 2013 7:34 PM

    Thanks for not referring to this as “the Asomugha sweepstakes.”

  23. boogerhut says: Mar 22, 2013 7:36 PM

    bobonmycob says: Mar 22, 2013 6:53 PM

    yourignorancespreads says:Mar 22, 2013 5:58 PM

    Who dat is gonna spank you twice this year.

    So speaking in ebonics/fractured english is cool in New Orleans? Who dat isn’t a team or person.. It’s a question “who is that?” and we all have an answer “it’s the mediocre saints!
    ————————————————————–
    Who dat is not ebonics. It’s cajun mating slang introduced at family reunions generations ago.

  24. theuglitruth says: Mar 22, 2013 7:41 PM

    I’m sure Nnamdi did the meeting as a favor to Coach Ryan…if the market value isn’t there…he’ll want to go to a contender….that’s not the Saints.

  25. Grulks says: Mar 22, 2013 7:46 PM

    There sure are a lot of uneducated (football wise) people on this post. I dont know why people think Nnamdi is terrible/washed up/over rated. He was used improperly in zone coverage with Philly (NOT his strength), and the defense as a whole was suspect there. Is he the best DB out there? No. Is he so bad, that no team should sign him no matter what the price? Nope.

    If Nnamdi goes to a good team that utilizes him in Man/cover 1, he is going to play a lot better than he did in the Philly wide 9 scheme. He makes a lot of sense at the Saints bc of ties to Ryan (shared time at Oakland).

    As a Dallas fan, I have no real bias in this. Just shock that so may think Nnamdi is done/over rated/garbage, bc there is some opinion out there from professional evaluators (as opposed to arm chair GM’s like all of us, including me) that he is the best press coverage DB out there.

  26. jerrykill4pres says: Mar 22, 2013 8:07 PM

    yourignorancespreads says:Mar 22, 2013 5:58 PM

    KEGRUN. Haha before you make dumb comments like the saints have to try and keep up with the falcons. You might want to understand that the south belongs to New Orleans and don’t kid your self. We own you guys and even with out coaches and player suspensions and horrible spagnola. We still beat you and Almost ran you twice last year. Now you dare to think the falcons own that division. Let me put it to you like this, just be happy you had the year you guys did because its all over now. Who dat is gonna spank you twice this year.
    —————————————————————-

    Serious? You guys have a couple of decent seasons and you think and act like the taints are a dynasty!

    Face it, the taints are back to being irrelevant. And now they want to sign tubby mckinnie. Which will be fitting. Febrees will be out with 2 broken legs by the 4th game. Bountygate payback is what my sources are telling me.

  27. bradyisthebest says: Mar 22, 2013 8:19 PM

    They should just consider bringing in a completely new D considering how terrible the current one is.

  28. bigslizzle4twizzle says: Mar 22, 2013 8:45 PM

    I would love this move! Now Julio can torch nnamdi twice a season!!! Julio made him look silly against Philly.

  29. tfoz5150 says: Mar 22, 2013 8:45 PM

    Namdi was not misused in Philly. The guy just cant play anymore, nor does he seem to want to really put forth any effort. To knock Juan Castillo in all of this is just foolish. The man is a “football coach.” if you look at the birds defensive stats when he was in there compared to Bolwes (a supposed defensive guy) it was night and day. The only reason everyone likes to dog Castillo is bc he came over from the offense. All he needed was more seasoning. Maybe Namdi can play when he gets to another organization, but I doubt it. He probably just got old quick.

  30. petehemlock says: Mar 22, 2013 8:58 PM

    Does Goodell know the Saints have radar?

  31. bonato55 says: Mar 22, 2013 9:02 PM

    Let me start off by saying I’m a realist not negative by any means now with that being said …. Im a huge eagles fan and i was almost as excited about signing Namdi as i was T.O …. The guys a bust, the only reason he did anything in Oak was because the other CB was either a rookie or horrible and QB never passed to Namdi’s side… If you don’t believe me look it up, no one threw his way… Smoke and mirrors … Not to mention why hasn’t anyone signed “the 2nd best CB besides revis” … Its because coaches are watching take and he looks like burnt toast 75% of the time. Wish him luck nice guy

  32. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 22, 2013 10:06 PM

    kegrun says:
    Mar 22, 2013 5:17 PM
    Saints just trying to keep up with the Falcons high octane offense. Not gonna happen.

    Saints are going to have a hard time staying out of fourth in the NFC South.
    ————
    That’s cute.

    Nfc south lombardi trophies:

    Saints -1
    Bucs-1
    Panthers-0
    Falcons- 000000000000

  33. larryjames836 says: Mar 23, 2013 1:37 AM

    There’s a lot of players that would love to wear the Black & Gold because Sean Payton is a elite Head Coach. When a player enter New Orleans Saints Organization they have their minds maded up, because the Saints are contenders. Bryant Mckinnie may have been a McDonald eating lazy @ but there are Soul Food in Louisiana, he will be good down in New Orleans. Sean Payton don’t ride the players like other coaches but at the end of the season if you didn’t do your job you will be catching a ride out of the Big Easy.

  34. grandpoopah says: Mar 23, 2013 2:22 AM

    Dear all “the Eagles just misused Nnamdi” people: Watch an Eagles game or two from last season and then tell me how Nnamdi was only used in zone coverage. Otherwise, don’t tell those of us who have watched him get burned consistently in every type of coverage known to man that we don’t know what we are talking about. I pray that your favorite team signs the slowest starting CB in the NFL.

  35. grandpoopah says: Mar 23, 2013 2:30 AM

    Grulks, you sound like a very reasonable person who has never watched an Eagles game. Nnamdi played plenty of man coverage last year, and he was just as terrible at that as he was at zone. Don’t call people “uneducated” when you are making comments based on nothing but your own imagination. Play the tape! Man, zone, whatever. Nnamdi is not a good football player. Maybe he was at some point, but certainly not in the past two years. He is incredibly slow, he can’t tackle, he doesn’t like to tackle, he gets burned constantly, he regularly screws up his assignments, and he always points to his teammates every time he blows a play. He is not even nickel package material at this point. Just watch the tape. But you won’t do that, it’s much easier to just blame all Nnamdi’s woes on his defensive coordinator.

  36. johnmc318 says: Mar 23, 2013 3:43 AM

    falcons = fans always left counting on next season

    2 points matt…

    I can go on for days now…

    WHO DAT???

  37. veence69 says: Mar 23, 2013 5:16 AM

    Who day thinks they’re going to contend in 2013?

    Lol.

  38. nananatman says: Mar 23, 2013 9:31 AM

    I don’t need radar for Nnamdi I can see him standing behind Victor Cruz in the end-zone watching him dance.

  39. neva4get5 says: Mar 23, 2013 10:35 AM

    Grulks.. Grandpoopah is right, Nnamdi played bad in both years. There was no way to hide him. Teams were going after him on purpose! Game film never lies. He consistently blew coverages and wasn’t even called upon to be the shutdown guy, that was DRC’s role. He didn’t tackle well (see Giants/ Cowboys games) and seemed unsure of his ability too often for a 3x All-Pro!!!

  40. johnclaytonsponytail says: Mar 23, 2013 1:21 PM

    All he needs to be is half of what he used to be. Hell fit in fine. Cmon down

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