The New Orleans Saints have just entered the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes and they actually might have a shot at acquiring the Pro Bowl cornerback. Asomugha was recently cut by the Philadelphia Eagles and is one of the hottest free agents on the market.
Including the Saints, there are reportedly four other teams very interested in Asomugha. The Houston Texans, the San Francisco 49ers, the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals are the other teams interested in his services. The Saints will be up against some heavy hitters, but there are plenty of reasons why he could ultimately decide to come to New Orleans.
For one, Asomugha is a Louisiana native who hails from Lafayette. The prospect of playing near his home town could be a factor in whether or not he decides to sign with the Saints. Most athletes dream of playing for their hometown team and perhaps the 31-year-old cornerback might want to end his playing days in New Orleans.
Then there is the Rob Ryan connection that could help land Asomugha in New Orleans. Ryan was his defensive coordinator during their time together with the Oakland Raiders from 2004-2008. Asomugha became a star in Oakland and a lot of that had to do with Ryan being his defensive coordinator. A reunion between the two could be in order and maybe he could revive his career with Ryan in New Orleans.
Asomugha makes a lot of sense for the Saints because they are in desperate need of help in their secondary. The Saints need a cornerback who is good in coverage and he is arguably one of the best cover corners in the game. The Saints need him more than he needs them, so the team will definitely have to pay up.
The star cornerback could likely go to the highest bidder, so if the Saints want a chance at signing him, they will have to continue to get under the salary cap. Currently the Saints are $5.4 million under the salary cap, but they will have to shed more money in order to pay him.
Getting Asomugha would be huge for the Saints as he is exactly what the team needs, but it will ultimately come down to whether or not they can pay him.