Nnamdi Asomugha (OAK) – It should say something about the importance of statistics when a player can have an All-Pro season, yet not achieve minimal performance marks, which renders the rest of his contract null and void. The Raiders are unable to place the franchise tag on Asomugha, making the league’s best corner the prize of free agency. There’s some buzz that he wants to go to a Super Bowl contender such as the Jets or Packers (where he has ties with Woodson). The Packers seem like an unlikely destination given their strong, highly paid secondary and the Jets may want to pursue him, but that would leave holes in their roster elsewhere. This will be the most exciting story to follow this offseason.
Tyson Clabo (ATL) – Clabo has formed one half of Atlanta’s dominant run-blocking right side. He’s a nasty, physical run blocking tackle who has developed into a steady pass blocker as well. Though the Falcons have several key components of their offensive line set to hit free agency this offseason, none will be more important than ensuring that Ryan stays upright than Clabo. Entering the league as an undrafted free agent, Clabo will be set to strike a lucrative deal.
Carl Nicks (NO) – Both Jahri Evans and Nicks made it to the Pro Bowl this year, but it was Nicks who had the better season. The Saints run game was best when backs ran it up the middle and over left tackle, both partially attributed to Nicks’ success. The organization also just recently made Jahri Evans the league’s highest paid guard so it’ll be interesting to see if New Orleans also has the highest offer on the table for Nicks if he becomes an unrestricted free agent. They also have Bushrod and Jonathan Goodwin becoming free agents, so if they re-sign Nicks, it almost definitely will mean letting go of Bushrod at left tackle.
We've got the money for Asomugha...do we have the will to put ourselves as front runners in the NFL? This is a must have.
As far as OL FA's...what do you think of the two I put up?
Will we have any coin leftover to go that far and are they worth it?
I still think we go the Oline route first but another CB comes in a close second. If go after and sign Mankins I doubt they'll spend ther kind of money Asomugha will probably command. Champ Bailey may be out there as well and because of his age probably won't command as much coin or as long a contract.
I'd like to see us get Asomugha provided we can utilize him correctly. I'd also like to see us get wr Vincent Jackson. If Asomugha wants to play for a contender we may get him at a slightly lesser price. I'd love to see us go o-line in FA but I can't see them disrupting things too much a FA/C would be great. If anything get some really good o-line talent in the draft.
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I think we just need to get two starting guards, and a backup tackle and a center to work for the future. Webb can do better if we get a Mankins type guy next to him (it worked in Minnesota and NYJets, why wouldn't it work here?) and Williams isn't worse than OMG. Kreutz, if given enough quality around him, can hold up for one more year. If all that falls through, just get whatever you can.