Can the Falcons Afford CB Nnamdi Asomugha?

Can the Birds Afford the High-Priced Free Agent?

Oakland Raiders safety Stuart Schweigert (30) and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (21) look emotional after the San Diego Chargers scored in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 in Oakland, Calif. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 27-0. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Can Falcons Afford Asomugha? (AP)

Even though talks seem to be “progressing,” there still doesn’t seem to be that needed breakthrough that signifies that a deal will get done sooner rather than later. Regardless of their great intentions and public displays of goodwill, the fact remains that it’s now July and free agency hasn’t occurred and until there is a deal no teams will be heading to training camps and the clock continues to tick on the NFL season. In an attempt to get some good conversations flowing, the question involving superstar cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is “can” or “will” the Falcons sign him rather than should. It would be a very redundant question to ask if the Falcons “should” sign him since he was described as the “best defensive free agent since Deion Sanders” by Peter King. All 32 teams would love to have the perennial Pro Bowler, but only a few teams will be in a position to sign him.

Pay the Man, Time to Win Now!

Who knows exactly what Asomugha will be demanding whenever free agency hits, but you can bet that its going to be high. Julius Peppers signed a 6 year, $84 million dollar deal coming out to $14 million a year in last seasons free agency period, so you could expect that Asomugha will at least get that and more. The Falcons clearly made a statement that they’re ready to win now, so why not just go ahead and finish the deal with the best defensive free agent on the market? Many talk about the need for a legit pass rusher opposite John Abraham, but having that type of lockdown cornerback immensely opens up the possibilities and makes everyone around him better.

Endless Improvement

Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson reacts to the cheers of the fans on a defensive series against the Carolina Panthers last season. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Two #1 CB's (C.Compton/AJC)

Asomugha would allow the Falcons to continue their development of Kroy Biermann, Lawrence Sidbury, and new draft pick Cliff Matthews. Biermann appears to be on track for a big year after he did good in every single area except for actual sacks. The Raiders CB makes the linebackers better by allowing them more freedom to take chances knowing you have that kind of talent behind you. Same goes for safeties William Moore and Thomas DeCoud. Brent Grimes will be commanding some decent money himself after making the Pro Bowl, but they use the nickel package so often, it might as well be a starting position. If he wouldn’t accept the change, than let him test the market.

They Can Afford It

Who knows how free agency will work and what the terms will be, but the Falcons are one of the healthiest franchises in financial terms. Thomas Dimitroff has made good and fair deals and hasn’t really overpaid or made bad decisions in free agency (although some believe that Dunta Robinson’s $9 million a year deal was entirely too much). The Falcon aren’t the free-spending Washington Redskins or the New York Yankees. They have been extremely frugal in free agency, usually only picking up one main free agent and a few with much less impact. Some would question the amount of money that he will command, but you’ll get your money’s worth and then some. Sure, there are other players that need re-signing, but this would allow for the younger players to finally make their mark. Dimitroff is one of the best GM’s in the business and he could structure the deal where it would put the least possible strain on the franchise fiscal outlook. Enough knocking on the door, its time to bust it open and signing Nnamdi Asomugha would make them an immediate favorite to win the Super Bowl.

Simply Not Feasible

Like the other 31 NFL teams, the Falcons would love to have the All-Pro cornerback. He would add an element of improvement to the defense rarely ever seen in the franchise’s history. Even as much as they would be ecstatic to have him, it’s simply not financially feasible. Nnamdi Asomugha stands to break the bank of any franchise willing to sign him. If Julius Peppers got a deal paying him $14 million a year, you can guarantee that Asomugha will get more than that, at least $15 million and some say the figure could go as high as $18 million a year. The Falcons just have too many needs to invest that much money in one player. Thomas Dimitroff has been very frugal financially and has helped the Falcons become one of the most fiscally healthy franchises in the NFL.

Too Much Dough at One Position

If Dimitroff hadn’t made Dunta Robinson one of the highest paid cornerbacks in the league, this would definitely be a big possibility. But that’s not the case for Dunta Robinson got a 6 year, $57 million dollar deal and that’s not money that you pay a #2 cornerback. Even assuming that Asomugha accepted a $15 million dollar deal, that would put almost $25 million in two players and that would represent almost 30% of their entire budget. Not only would that prevent the Falcons from re-signing many of their own players coming up for free agency, it basically would end the chance of the Birds signing any other free agent likely for several years.

Too Many Priorities

Even though the Falcons don’t have very many holes, they do have issues at some other spots on the roster both in the short term and certainly in the long run. The defensive end position is a much more pressing issue since they whiffed on taking Jamaal Anderson with the #8 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. John Abraham is the only savior at the position, but he is 33 years old and is in the final year of his contract. They may have an answer in Kroy Biermann, but there’s no guarantee. One of the outside linebacker spots is definitely an issue as well, just as depth at cornerback after Robinson and Grimes is an issue. The offensive line is set to be reshuffled and many veterans are either reaching the end of their career or end of their contracts. The future at tight end is yet another issue that will need addressing mostly likely next year. Money will be needed for re-signing current players or signing new ones. A budget busting deal to Asomugha would definitely prohibit that.

Many Re-ups Needed

The Falcons have several players that need re-signing this year and next year that will get some well-deserved paydays. The Falcons definitely need to re-up Brent Grimes, who has Pro Bowl leverage, Matt Bryant, and would like to keep Jason Snelling, which will be tough since he may look for starter money. You also have to believe that the Birds will want to at least keep one of the three offensive linemen coming up and may want to keep more than that between Justin Blalock, Harvey Dahl, and Tyson Clabo. Then there’s the issue of Stephen Nicholas. In theory, they may be ok to let him walk, but relying on Mike Peterson or rookie Akeem Dent will be asking way too much. Next year, Curtis Lofton, Harry Douglas, Thomas DeCoud, and Kroy Biermann are all due to become free agents among others. Even though the coaching staff are sky high on Chris Owens taking the nickel spot, nightmares of the Green Bay debacle are seared into fans brains.

Grimes to Nickel? Not So Fast

Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes (20) of the NFC, right, celebrates with Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) of the NFC after Grimes made an interception during the second quarter. AP

Grimes to Nickel? Doubtful (AP)

Some say that the Birds should re-sign Brent Grimes and simply move him to the nickel back spot. The Falcons cornerback just made the Pro Bowl in his first season as a full-time starter. He may not be the biggest guy on the field, but he more than makes up with it using his insane athletic ability and toughness. He’s already 12th on the Falcons all-time interception list after only being a starter for a year and a backup before that. He got a well-deserved invite to the Pro Bowl as a starting cornerback. Even though he’s a great teammate, no one in their right mind would simply accept a demotion and a decreased contract to go along with it and you can’t blame him to be honest. The Falcons thought so highly of him that they tendered a first round pick on him. Simply put, the Falcons aren’t going to pay for 3 starting cornerbacks, especially when one of them would be making at least $15 million a year.

Your Turn

  1. Simple: Can the Falcons afford to sign Nnamdi Asomugha?
  2. Should they find a way to get the superstar CB?
  3. How much would you be willing to give Asomugha?
  4. Would you be willing to commit 30% of the budget to 2 players?
  5. If signing Asomugha meant not re-upping all others, would you still do it?
  6. Should Grimes accept the nickel back spot?
  7. Would you let Grimes walk to get Asomugha?

157 comments Add your comment

Brian

July 2nd, 2011
5:51 pm

YES!!!! get him!!!

first?

Day One Fan

July 2nd, 2011
5:54 pm

Not going to say it! As tempting as this signing would be…no. A FA DE would require less money and I believe the impact would be the same.

Day One Fan

July 2nd, 2011
5:55 pm

Turns out I didn’t have to say after all. Kudos Brian.

Brian

July 2nd, 2011
6:22 pm

@ Day One Fan, I am thinking we can get a DE too. May even strike gold in someone Undrafted. I am thinking TD has a plan.

ATLJBO

July 2nd, 2011
6:27 pm

Can we afford it… I think we could…

Dunta Robinson cap hit: $6.5 million in 2011, $7.75 million in 2012, $8.75 million in 2013

And i see Grimes getting around 7 mil a year…

So i think its possible but i dont think we will do it and i wouldnt do it… Aso is good at what he do but ill rather just pay Johnathan Joseph 8 mil a year and have 3 really good CB’s if we went that road… I cant pay a guy that you can shut out of a game (dont throw to his man) that much money.

Also i wouldnt move Grimes to NB… I would move Dunta Robinson in NB and run my D out of a Nickle D like the Packers do (so all 3 of your CB’s is on the field) …. Robinson could blitz like Charles Woodson from that NB position… He is also good in run support.

I wouldnt go after Aso but if we did make a run after Johnathan Joseph … I wouldnt mind…I think that would help our pass rush some and get Sid and Biermann more plays… But an impact DE would make an bigger impact.

Shonuff

July 2nd, 2011
6:46 pm

This is simply just “blog fodder.” No way this guy is playing in Atlanta. There will be no mutual interest.

WR

July 2nd, 2011
7:07 pm

Well, well, D3 has already let the cat out of the bag as far as free agents go, and to this new player of topic, I say no way the Falcons make this move. Sounds great in theory, but so did the Skins as cuckoo Synder thought he could buy a Superbowl. In reality, the Falcons have positioned themselves for an SB run now, but more importantly they have positioned themselves to at least be in the SB talks for some time to come. I, as probably most fans would love to here that the Falcons have signed Nnamdi, as D3 said, instantly they rise to the cream of the crop as far as SB contenders go. But they just won’t commit that kind of money for another CB in the hopes that he’s the player that will take them over the top, especially with uncertainty at LB, DT, DE, and possibly FS, considering Decoud did take a step back. Naw, the dream sounds good, but it won’t happen, given the free agents this year Edwards sticks out the most as a strong possibility.

But to add a name to the FA talk that could come relatively cheaply, Ike Taylor of Pittsburgh. Sure he got burned a bit but that was as an aging vet being asked to cover the opposing teams’ number one receiver. Sign him put him in as the nickel, leave Grimes where he is and then possibly add Edwards and I like the birds chances. What Taylor adds beyond a diminishing skill set is someone who has been there, but can still get it done especially in the nickel because he also is a willing and a smart blitzer. This guy may only give them two years, buts thats to years of savvy veteran experience and leadership for Owens and Franks to learn from.

JB FALCON

July 2nd, 2011
7:28 pm

Good Afternoon guys. I always read the entire blog before I attempt to post anything, for example;
“the question involving superstar cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is “can” or “will” the Falcons sign him rather than should.” Then I scroll down to find the “first” post is from an air heard who obviously did not even read the content of the post. Is it just me or does that “first” crap bother anyone else?
So, I’m “eigthth”! Big Whoop!!

WR

July 2nd, 2011
8:15 pm

JB Falcon, you got to let some stuff pass, Unca Bob usually bails us out on having to deal with that crap as you call it, but this topic probably popped up unexpectedly, I for one was looking for it tomorrow or maybe Monday, so someone got some glory, never know, they might have needed it in this day and age.

JB FALCON

July 2nd, 2011
8:54 pm

WR, you’re right, I get crabby sometimes, ain’t no big thing.
As far as the subject of the blog, I agree with you. We already have a 13-3 Super Bowl contending team and have just added a top notch WR. Edwards or Johnson would be the ice cream on the top. Asomugha would be nice but the idea is not practical. Paying what he would demand would not let us take care of our core team, the ones that got us to where we are. You can’t ignore the running gear go to pot just to have a new paint job.

swatguy

July 2nd, 2011
9:01 pm

D3, I say no, for many reasons. It is pure luxury to add Asomugha but we simply have too many needs. Robinson, Grimes and Owens represent a formidable trio. However, our offensive line has been around a while and really are gelling. The Line needs to be re-signed or addressed. Also a major concern for me is backup Quarterback. If Ryan goes down we are in trouble. I say trouble. Redman is not the quality player that wins games consistantly. So in short, we should address the O-Line, Backup QB, Snelling and the outside linebackers.

ATLJBO

July 3rd, 2011
12:16 am

swatguy , I like our O-line but i think they get to much credit sometimes… Looking at the games again… Ryan gets hit A LOT… Not taking away from what they’ve done but i think the O-Line scheme help them out a lot and Ryan getting rid of the ball help them out .

If we can resign all our guys at a good price… Thats good… But if we lose 1 or 2 guys… I dont see it eing a big drop off… Clabo is the one guy that i would want back the most but dude is going to most likely get a GREAT deal in FA… I hope we sign Blalock also.

Paddy O

July 3rd, 2011
2:25 am

I recall the draft, and we all contemplated (very quickly except for cbrass, I believe) trading up & grabbing AJ. For at least 2 weeks, most of us rejected this as impossible – due to the conservative nature that TD had shown, and how we did not want to blow up our draft. After reading D3’s write up – I started considering – if we sign most of our own FA’s – Oline, LB, Snelling, etc. – I think the next best move would be to sign Nnamdi. Why? He would create a whole lot more rush time for our linemen, while also improving our coverage. If we feel signing Grimes and moving him to NCB would be a waste for him – why not move him to safety? As stated, NCB is practically a full time job – and we all know Grimes is super ball hawk. Also, if muster the dough to reel in Nnamdi, I dont’ think we bother signing a DE – I think we all agree that Biermann was a whole lot better than his sack totals, and if he got off special teams without special teams regressing to the point that it is a glaring problem – as it was at the start of last year – I think he would play a whole lot better. Plus, Sidbury should be getting some playing time or be released. And if Mathews is healthy, he might surprise us more than Peters. If I am TD, my focus is on MY FA’s and Nnamdi.

The Real Falcon

July 3rd, 2011
7:47 am

If you watched the top NFL players 20-11 you already know
the answer. This guy is a gamechanger. We need gamechangers on defense!
Whatever it takes, by all means necessary!

Coop

July 3rd, 2011
8:25 am

Should we – YES!

Can we – Probably, but still an unknown. Until the new CBA is complete, we just don’t know what financial environment we are dealing with. Even if we are under a similar structure as this year, we did give away next year’s first roundand this year’s second round pick. That’s money that doesn’t have to be paid (though some goes to JJ of course… unless there’s a rookie cap).

Will we – No. TD is WAY too conservative. I mean, he would never do something like swap firsts, trade a 2nd, and next year’s 1st and 4th to move up for a WR… uh… well then…

Brian

July 3rd, 2011
9:04 am

@JBFALCON, air head? really? Was that needed?

I did read the blog and to answer the question is was “can” they get him? my answer to that as in my first post was YES, I think they can.

To your second part “will” they get him? I would say “yes” again for one reason. I don’t know if it is definite but I think the odds are good as most players want to play for this team.

Now! Do we need a DE, yes of course we do and I would be happy if we did but IMO Asomugha brings more impact than the DE on the market.

darrell starks

July 3rd, 2011
11:33 am

D3 yes sign him but at what cost, i think the guy want 2 win point blank period as he have quoted in many interviews, D3 you say he want 14mill a year i disagree with that, the guy is smart of enough to no that if he want 2 win and go 2 and contender, he would sacrifice his pay inorder 2 achieve his goal and that to win a superbowl.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

July 3rd, 2011
11:38 am

Nnamdi Asomugha is 29year of age and still have atleast 6 solid years left.
sign 6 year 65 mill with a 30mill signing bonus i gurantee he would take it.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

G-Mac

July 3rd, 2011
12:00 pm

There is no way the FALCONS should allow Brent to leave/walk. Dunta makes more money but Brent is clearly the better corner.

darrell starks

July 3rd, 2011
12:05 pm

The falcon lost in playoffs when brian william was injured and falcon had no replacement for him, greenbay went with 4WR set and the rest was history, owens was demolish and pick on allday long, if brian william had played the game would have been different, now days team need at least 3 solid CB especially against team like SAINTS, PACKERS, EAGLES AND OTHERS TEAMS.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Coop

July 3rd, 2011
1:55 pm

G-Mac, I just can’t agree with that. I think we keep Grimes, but DRob is a much better CB. Frankly, they’re not in the same league. Grimes has overachieved, but he is not in DRob’s class.

terrance

July 3rd, 2011
3:31 pm

im a die hard falcon fan and if they let bret grime go im sorry to say we will be kind of sorry bret grimes is a monster did yall see all his interceptions highlights did yall see the interception he made at the prowl bowl over the best reciver in the nfl andre johnson he cane be the next champ baley i mean he iz a undrafed player and he better tha dauta robinson and he iz fye im mean it would be good to get hym but we hve good cornerbacks i will be but i dnt thnk the falcons will gve away bret grimes he alrady has 15 intercetions an he has been in the league 4 years

terrance

July 3rd, 2011
3:32 pm

and im only 15 and sum of yall on hear dnt no wat yall tlk n bout

mel

July 3rd, 2011
3:50 pm

Wow I will say, this article has laid out all the points. Can the falcons afford to sign him Yes and No…lol should they sign him yes…As far as how much will i be willing to give him…When it comes to that you have to make him a reasonable offer but at the same time ask him does he want to win or just get more money…Based off the answer he gives thats where talks pick up..Because bottom line is he is going to get paid but does he have to break the bank no, and you let him know that up front. Cause we trying to win a championship. You win championships with good teams not just good players. So no if signing him meant not being able to keep the team together than no!!! Should Grimes accept the nichole spot no he shouldn’t, but that is determined by training camp if you get beat out than you get beat out for the position. Thats the way it goes. And no you dont let talent just leave, at no point do you do that, its to many teams in the divison that have 3 and 4 good wide outs. All we did was join them, when we picked up Jones

John Waynesworld

July 3rd, 2011
5:17 pm

We need to do whatever is possible with whatever budget the league allows. DE or CB, whovever is the best we can get at either or both of those positions. If we don’t get anybody it wouldn’t be the worse thing in the world either. Our young guys are a year older and our offense should keep then well rested throughout the season. We just need to get those guys into camp before somebody goes to jail.

Get Some D

July 3rd, 2011
5:30 pm

All we need is to replace Owens and Anderson with FAs and resign our FAs and we will win it all.

Samuel

July 3rd, 2011
6:32 pm

If you can put together a three year package. And if Asomugha will take about the same money as he received in Oakland.I think it would be possible. Being that said. Asomugha is long in the tooth, and you don’t want to tie up all your money with one player.However you could sell him on being closer to the Superbowl than Oakland.

WR

July 3rd, 2011
6:58 pm

Afternoon cage, 1st off, Coop all I can say is thank you, sure Grimes made it to the probowl and it was deserved, but he got noticed because all of the chances he got to make plays because teams were avoiding Dunta. Now that being said, can anyone imagine what the Falcons would be like with a Nnamdi opposite Dunta and Grimes in the slot. I say that because getting Edwards at DE as many have mentioned would be a nice move, but getting Nnamdi would make a Falcons fan stomach churn, at least this one.

Adding to the above, I believe Darrell Starks put it best, sure Nnamdi could probably get 14 to 15 million a year if he was all about money, but he doesn’t strike me as that type of player so he probably could be had in the 10 to 12 million range because of coming to a contender.

Why it might work, just think about it as far as salary cap hits, Abe is about to come off the books, that ridiculous rookie contract to Jamaal Andersen is about to come off the books. Biermann has shown great potential without much in the back seven, Sidbury is sure to surface really soon, and worse case the Falcons can either go after another DE through the draft next year or FA. With a back seven that includes, Nnamdi, Dunta and Grimes in the secondary, it would kind of be hard to not develop a DE or at least find a decent one to provide adequate rush with a superior secondary.

In closing, so the Falcons give Edwards 7 to 8 million his sacks hopefully increase from 8 to 10 or better, but they are holding out hope for Franks or Owens to emerge at the very crucial nickel back position. Where as they could probably get Nnamdi at 10 to 12 and the DEs they have that have shown promise will still be allowed to continue to develop if not breakout with one of if not the best secondary in the league. I know in most fans woulds 4 to 5 million is alot, in professional sports its not asking all that much, upfront guaranteed money is the kicker, that what may be the difference in being able to acquire a DE over a CB.

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coachx

July 3rd, 2011
8:59 pm

I rather have Charles Johnson at DE.

just me

July 4th, 2011
2:58 am

This might already have been said, but the only way I see us signing NA is if they let Grimes walk. So the question becomes do you want Grimes at 7-8 mil a year or NA at 15-18 mil a year?

Just a thought.

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July! Be sure to thank a service man and/or woman for what they do to insure our freedoms!

P

July 4th, 2011
6:19 am

Yeah, i was thinking one-and-done-ta was a bust.

E43

July 4th, 2011
8:43 am

I think its a waste of money if you ask me. I’d rather resign grimes and even if grimes was to walk I still wouldn’t go after Nnamdi. I would go after Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph if the situation presented itself. 85mil is just too much money to spend on one man whether elite or not. The key to creating a Superbowl defense depends on the 14 guys in the front 7 being disruptive in any way shape and form. You take away the interceptions which I think some came out of pure luck and you realize that the falcons are either on the worse side of the league or middling in forced fumbles, sacks and pass deflections. Nnamdi is a great player arguably the best in the league but i think hes just going to have to take much less to become a falcon.

Jonkdawg

July 4th, 2011
10:30 am

We need more pass rushers, resign Grime why not? other back field players need to step up and show that they can be better than last year or is it already meet the limit of their greatness?
good team depends on working together as group, one good player makes team better but not great, we can’t win from one player and the rest are nothing that’s why Julius Pepper left Carolina, see?

ymmotretsof

July 4th, 2011
11:10 am

I’ve said it before get the DE and the DBs do their job.Robinson showed that a player doesn’t always move from one team to another and make an impact.Every body is hoping that his second year will be better.I think a DE would have an easier time ajusting to a defence than a corner.
Now on to something else I don’t know if you blog gecks are trying to be funny with your grammer or you just don’t know better you leave S’s out you led ED’s out you replace an S with a Z you find it to hard to spell to so you use 2.If your after funny it’s not working.I know my grammer and spelling aren’t the best but I do try and get it right.
Next at this point in time The NFL is just a name of a leauge they don’t have any players and all those players don’t have a team.Training Camp?You’d better hope there is one.It’s being called a lock out but it’s really the owners striking agaist the players.For over a month now we’ve had this person or that person saying it could be over in two weeks.Still it hasn’t happened yet and may not until there’s no time for a real training camp.I for one don’t want to see them play without a proper traing camp.And what about the draft picks and free agents.Does anyone beleave that they all be suddenly be signed as sone as this is done.They still have to work out contract deals and we all know how long that can take.Well blog all you want about free agents and draft picks but this thing is a long way from being over.
Peace my brothers!

D man

July 4th, 2011
11:51 am

Where do I begin. First, yes, we need a shut down corner worse than a DE so sign Nnamdi. We also need to sign at least two of the offensive lineman. Losing all three would set our offense back too much. Last, if we do get Nnamdi, Grimes would have to move to nickel to get playing time. He would be our version of Tampa’s small nickel back.

D man

July 4th, 2011
11:55 am

What about trades to free up money. We have a bunch of receivers. Time to trade or release Douglas and Jenkins to free some money.

D man

July 4th, 2011
11:58 am

Also, didn’t we just get $6M from Mike Vick this offseason that he had to pay back to the Falcons? My understanding is that we have that money to spend as well that would be under the cap… Time to do whatever it takes to win the superbowl. In case you haven’t noticed, we have never won one… Time for bold moves…

OneRyder

July 4th, 2011
1:01 pm

I like the thought of getting this shut down corner. But as the article mentioned, it won’t happen. We can’t pay 3 CB starting money, with 2 getting atleast 9 million a season. Shame signed Duanta to so much, he’s been a waste in my opinion Grimes deserves his money, but not Duanta. I could imagine the D we would have with Grimes and Nnamdi on the corners.

The Wad

July 4th, 2011
1:53 pm

Gentlemen….does anybody agree with my assumption that the starting running back needs to be looked at right now? I can`t count the number of times all year long that Turner missed a wide open hole or failed to get to the hole in a timely fashion and thus lost the play for us. He is not getting to the corner like he did his first year here and I think we should show some concern at that position right now. Turner is a plodder and easy to pile up at the line. Not to mention he has ‘ lost a step’ in explosiveness and everybody knows that is the death knell for a running back in this league. Snelling is excellent as a back up but is not really the starter for a Sb team. And that skinny rail from Miss St has been stealing money for 4 years now so nobody in their right mind would consider him anything but a novelty. We need to at least get Turner`s replacement on the team and start grooming him as the successor. Turner will not carry this team to the SB.

John Waynesworld

July 4th, 2011
2:32 pm

Nnamdi Asomugha…

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/A/AsomNn20.htm

Dunta Robinson…

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/R/RobiDu20.htm

Both of these guys’ stats are similar. In their top statistical years they piled up interceptions when balls were thrown their way. When the league figured it out, By the obvious drop off in passes defended, QBs stopped throwing the balls their way and their interceptions went down to almost zero. Compare these two to Brent Grimes’ stats and look at the high number of passes defended:

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/G/GrimBr20.htm

Actually Dunta has a statistical edge with 5 interceptions over the past four years compared to Nnamdi’s 3 picks in four years.

falcon21

July 4th, 2011
3:36 pm

JWW, thank you and nice find. Maybe that will open some eyes on this blog.

MaxxFalcon

July 4th, 2011
5:51 pm

If we were to sign Nnamdi, we wold have to trade Dunta. There is no way we keep Dunta over Grimes, period. Also, this is not happening. We are going after Charles Johnson or Ray Edwards, so let’s just stop with this Nnamdi talk.

JB FALCON

July 4th, 2011
7:43 pm

Tommy, “if you blog gecks are trying to be funny with your grammer or you just don’t know better you leave S’s out you led ED’s out you replace an S with a Z you find it to hard to spell to so you use 2.If your after funny it’s not working.I know my grammer and spelling aren’t the best but I do try and get it right.” Try harder.

JB FALCON

July 4th, 2011
7:54 pm

And that skinny rail from Miss St has been stealing money for 4 years
Who are you taking about?

falcon21

July 4th, 2011
9:31 pm

JB, he is talking about Norwood. As for the ymmot comment, he made himself look like,well never mind. Anyway, been there and done that so I will leave it alone. I hope they come to an agreement soon and maybe grammer and spelling will not be the issue.

UGAlien

July 5th, 2011
12:33 am

Am I the only one who thinks Grimes is way overrated? The guy got beat repeatedly game after game. Sure, he got some pics, but he also gave up way too many catches/tds.

That said, we don’t need to give up the farm (again) for NA.

Steven A.

July 5th, 2011
5:52 am

Grimes is too short and he is overrated. We need a taller starting corner.

Steven A.

July 5th, 2011
5:53 am

We need a taller starting CB…

John Waynesworld

July 5th, 2011
8:48 am