We didn’t pay much attention to the fact Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha became a free agent after his contract voided, earlier this week.
The Green Bay Packers already have two Pro Bowl-caliber cornerbacks in Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams. They don’t really need another.
However, there are reports Asomugha is interested in playing for the Packers because of his friendship with Woodson, another former Raider.
According to former Raiders beat writer David White (now with the San Francisco Chronicle), Asomugha has long wanted to play for a proven winner, and his next home will likely come down to two locales: Green Bay and New York. The main motivating factor for a move to the Packers is Asomugha’s close friendship with standout cornerback Charles Woodson, and while it would seem that there wouldn’t be much in the way of space for him with the Jets, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them unload another player or two to make room for Asomugha next season.
First of all, Asomugha is a stud. He’s arguably the top shutdown corner in the NFL next to the Jets Darrelle Revis. If he’s interested in playing in Green Bay, the Packers at least have to take a look at the possibility.
Where would the Packers put him?
They’d pair him with Williams at corner and move Woodson to free safety. Suddenly, the Packers have what’s probably the greatest secondary ever assembled, with three Pro Bowlers — safety Nick Collins completes that trifecta — and two killer cover corners.
Now, before your panties get too wet, let’s remember who the Packers general manager is. A move like this is completely out of character for Ted Thompson.
Asomugha is going to command a large sum of money and he plays a premium position. Even if he takes a pay cut and begs the Packers to sign him, Thompson won’t do anything about it.