Are San Francisco 49ers Best Team in NFC West with Nnamdi Asomugha?

By Clyde A. Speller

After coming so close to being Super Bowl champions this past season, the San Francisco 49ers didn’t waste any time in making their already loaded roster even stronger. The 49ers have one of the best young talents at quarterback in Colin Kaepernick. In addition to the young talent, San Francisco has running back Frank Gore, tight end Vernon Davis, and wide receivers Michael Crabtree and newly acquired Anquan Boldin.

Defensively, the Niners have one of the best units in the league with defensive end Justin Smith, and linebackers Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, and Aldon Smith. Now San Francisco’s defense is going to get even better.

It’s just been reported that cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has agreed to terms with the 49ers. Asomugha, who was previously with the Philadelphia Eagles, could be the man-to-man cornerback that easily makes this defense the best in the league. Asomugha’s time in Philadelphia didn’t pan out the way most thought it would when he joined the Eagles in 2011.

Philly’s defensive scheme versus the passing game didn’t use Asomugha’s coverage abilities to his advantage. Assuming that the Niners let the 10-year veteran play man-to-man on a receiver all the time, Asomugha could possibly return to his Pro Bowl form.

This addition is greatly needed for San Francisco, considering the fact that the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks recently acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin. Having Asomugha cover a talented receiver like Harvin twice a year could be the difference between another division title and a wild card spot in a very tough NFC.

Clyde A. Speller  is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google

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