OAKLAND CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Laurent Robinson #19 of the St. Louis Rams is tackled by Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
I can see how talking about Nnamdi Asomugha could almost be as depressing as talking about the NFL Lockout. But, as I said earlier in the week, I don't in anyway expect him to return to the Oakland Raiders. So, in that sense, for me speculating on where he might land is not adding any torment upon a reality I have already accepted. As long as he doesn't move to an AFC West team, I am not going to be any more bummed out about it.
Thinking of it in that terms means that every team connected to Nnam, that is not from the AFC West, is good news. And if you are the belief that Nnam will return then all of these teams you can just laugh at for their foolish hopes.
Currently, it seems like the Eagles, Cowboys, Redskins, Lions and Jets seem to be the front runners. But ESPN's Pat Yasinskas brings up another team that makes too much sense to ignore, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Asomugha’s the one true gem we know will be in this free-agent class and his price tag is going to be astronomical. But if there is a salary cap, the Bucs will have more room under it than any team in the league. The Bucs showed a willingness to spend big money once before, offering more to defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth than the Redskins did before Haynesworth went to Washington. There are strong rumors Asomugha will end up in the NFC East, but Tampa Bay can use the lack of a state income tax in Florida, a great natural-grass field, the weather, a team on the rise and coach Raheem Morris (a former defensive backs coach) as selling points.
There you have it. Asomugha may be tempted to switch pirate allegiance.