The New Orleans Saints could use a little help on defense. They ranked second to last in the NFL in passing defense, allowing 292.6 yards per game through the air. This is one reason the Saints have invited free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha over the past weekend for a visit.
New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan met with Asomugha. Ryan was the defensive coordinator with the Oakland Raiders from 2004-2008 so the two have a history together. Both Sean Peyton and GM Mickey Loomis were unavailable to meet with Asomugha because they had gone to the owners meetings in Phoenix.
Asomugha, 31, has drawn interest from the San Francisco 49ers who are also looking at Charles Woodson in an effort to make the last few tweaks for another run at a Super Bowl. However, Asomugha apparently wanted to visit New Orleans to see what they had to offer before making a decision.
One could argue that the Saints, who signed Keenan Lewis earlier this off-season, aren’t that interested in Asomugha. After all their head coach and GM were not in the building. However, one can’t overlook Asomugha’s ability to play in a Ryan defense. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2008 and a second-team All-Pro in 2006.
If Asomugha is looking to reestablish his value after two down years with the Philadelphia Eagles then joining Ryan in New Orleans would be a great place for him to do that. He could potentially do the same thing in San Francisco while competing for a Super Bowl but one cannot underestimate the Saints and their offense’s ability to beat anyone at any time. Adding a corner with Asomugha’s size (6’2”, 210 pounds) and his ability would surely solidify the Saints secondary even further.
It will be interesting to see just how interested the Saints are in Asomugha. Adding him to a secondary that now features Keenan Lewis, Patrick Robinson and Jabari Greer could make a huge difference in how opponents have to attack a Saints defense that gave up an NFL-record 7,042 yards. Even if the Saints have to release Robinson or Greer, the Saints would be upgrading with Asomugha.