Nnamdi Asomugha set to visit Saints
This could be the big break Nnamdi Asomigha has been searching for after failing to live up to expectations with the Philadelphia Eagles, who released him last week. Nnamdi Asomigha had signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles before the 2011 season.
Nnamdi Asomigha started every game but one for the Philadelphia Eagles over the past two seasons, amassing 95 tackles, four interceptions and 17 pass break-ups. But Nnamdi Asomigha’s production was inconsistent on a Philadelphia Eagles secondary that struggled throughout that stretch.
Despite his recent disappointments, Nnamdi Asomigha still has hopes of reviving his career and to return to his former elite status. Before joining the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent, Nnamdi Asomigha was a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback with the Oakland Raiders. He is familiar New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who was coached the Oakland Raiders’ defensive unit from 2004-2008. Nnamdi Asomigha started six complete seasons during the eight season stretch with the Oakland Raiders.
Rob Ryan intends to bring an aggressive scheme to the New Orleans Saints defense that ranked as the No.31 scoring defense, and league worst in yards allowed. The New Orleans Saints set that into motion by signing Keenan Lewis, one of the top cornerbacks on the market to a five-year deal worth $26.3 million earlier this week. With the addition of Nnamdi Asomigha to last year’s starting cornerbacks Jabari Geer and Patrick Robinson, the New Orleans Saints have considerable depth at the position.
The New Orleans Saints have still expressed confidence in Jabari Geer and Patrick Robinson’s potential, while expecting the two players to benefit from a more aggressive scheme under Rob Ryan. But if Nnamdi Asomigha is signed, the New Orleans may not feel the need to keep both current starting cornerbacks on the roster at the same time.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans and Denver Broncos have also expressed interest in Nnamdi Asomigha.