Very soon we will find out if veteran corner back Nnamdi Asomugha will remain with the Philadelphia Eagles. Asomugha and the Eagles are set to meet this week during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The two will discuss restructuring the gigantic $60 million contract Asomugha signed before the 2011 season. If the soon to be 32 year old doesn’t take a pay cut, he will likely become available. Could the Cleveland Browns make a play for Asomugha?
Think about this; Joe Haden and Asomugha. Would Asomugha be an upgrade over Sheldon Brown? I could see it, but it would be a huge and expensive risk. The once highly touted shutdown corner has not lived up to par in Philadelphia. In two seasons with the Eagles, Asomugha has just four interceptions.
The problem is Asomugha is not the three time Pro Bowler he once was. Teams have had no problem throwing his way on the football field. With age slowing him down, perhaps a move to safety could prolong his career. However, change is happening in the city of brotherly love and Asomugha just may be out.
Is it safe to say that the shelf life of defensive back ends after 30 years old? Maybe, but Asomugha could fit in to the Browns’ plans well. The AFC north could be an easier division for the 10 year veteran to play in. Maybe a change of scenery is just what Asomugha would need to recharge his batteries. Asomugha has stated that he wants to remain an Eagle.
One thing is for certain, via the upcoming draft or free agency, the Browns need help at corner. If the Eagles do not work out, the familiarity with Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi (who actually drafted Asomugha) may be enough to lure him to the Browns.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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