Nnamdi Asomugha is drawing heavy interest from the New Orleans Saints as the team moves to further bolster a secondary that has been atrocious in recent years.
Matt Maioco of CSN Bay Area announced the meeting on Twitter: “Free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha is scheduled to visit the Saints tomorrow, according to a source.”
The scheduled Monday meeting further shows an effort to address the cornerback spot in New Orleans, after former Pittsburgh Steelers corner Cary Williams signed with the team earlier in free agency. The Saints finished 31st against the pass in 2012.
Joining New Orleans would reunite Asomugha with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who served at the position with the Oakland Raiders from 2004-08. The Raiders selected Asomugha with the 31st overall pick in the 2003 draft before he went on to earn All-Pro honors four times with the franchise over the next eight years.
However, Asomugha’s performance has headed distinctly south since hitting his free agency pay-day with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. In Oakland, Asomugha was very much suited to play man coverage at the left corner spot, and was largely ignored by opposing quarterbacks who would primarily target the other defensive backs on the field.
In Philadelphia it was a different story, playing in a defense heavily utilizing zone concepts while seeing his ability to cover in general, frankly, drop off. Out of cornerbacks who played at least 25 percent of their team’s snaps, Asomugha saw his Pro Football Focus grade drop to 101st-ranked in 2012 after ranking in the top 30 in each of his final three Oakland years.
Now Asomugha seeks a fresh start on the open market.