When it was announced by the NFL Network and ESPN that CB Nnamdi Asomugha had signed a one-year deal worth $3 million to join the San Francisco 49ers, I was at a loss for words. When Asomugha was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, I was expecting him to still command a multi-year deal. Instead, he took a “show me what you still have left” deal with no guaranteed money.
Did that mean there was no team out there who really cared to acquire Asomugha? That’s probably the case, but it also could be something else. Asomugha played the majority of his career in the Bay Area, playing for the Oakland Raiders. Furthermore, Asomugha played his college football at the California.
Former Green Bay Packers’ CB Charles Woodson has been on the free agency market for quite a while now. He visited with the 49ers, but received no offer. That is the only offseason visit he’s had, so it appears the market for him is very dry. As Woodson pointed out, the same thing occurred in 2006 when he was released by the Raiders. Look how that turned out!
Woodson isn’t the youthful guy he was back in 2006. He’s now 36 so teams are questioning if he can continue to play at a high level. The New York Giants are a team that should try to find out if he can resemble the level of play exhibited in his years with the Packers, as the Giants’ secondary struggled mightily last year.
They can definitely use a corner or safety who can give you one to two more years. If Asomugha can get just a $3 million deal, the Giants can use that negotiate. We’ll have to see what happens with the Giants and Woodson.