Nnamdi Asomugha, now flying high

And out of nowhere, the Eagles swoop in and steal Nnamdi Asomugha from the other 31 NFL teams who wish they could add his talents to their roster. At the last moment the Cowboys and Jets backed out of their desire to grab the elite defensive back. I have no idea why.

As I just blogged about, the Eagles traded Kolb for Rodgers-Cromartie, which makes a deadly pass defense next to Samuel. Philadelphia will throw out $60 million over five years, with $25 million guaranteed to Asomugha.  Some fun stats? Nnamdi only sees 2.2 targets a game and only allows 1.2 completions per game. That is shutdown play at its finest.

Nate Clements and his high salary are gone from San Francisco

Will the 49ers be able to pick up Nnamdi Asomugha after removing Nate Clements and his $80 million (8 year) salary? Clements’ deal includes $42.5 million in salaries for the 2011-15 seasons, which the 49ers will now not have to pay.

And if the highly prized ex-Raider cornerback doesn’t work out, how about Jonathan Joseph from the Cincinnati Bengals? Or Antonio Cromartie from the New York Jets (San diego Chargers before that), who is also on the Free Agency list?

Now with the cuts of other high-paid players, the 49ers should have a ton of salary breathing room. Maybe we’ll just take 2 new corners, and leave Shantae Spencer as a Nickleback? I just want to get this show on the road, and have one less question in my head as to the state of the upcoming 49er defense.

A new #21 cornerback on the 49ers? Yes, please!

I for one would love to see Nnamdi in the red & gold. Where do I sign up? It’s not that he’s 30 and in his prime, nor that he is a two-time First-Team All-Pro with three Pro Bowls on his resume. It’s that Nnamdi Asomugha represents something the Niners haven’t had since 1994 with Deion Sanders : A shutdown corner.

In Asomugha’s case, after his eight-interception season in 2006, opposing offensive coordinators decided that ignoring Asomugha was more beneficial than challenging him. In the next four seasons he had one interception per in ’07-’09 and none in 2010; proof that rarely did he get challenged. The last 49er cornerback with that pedigree was Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson from the 1960s and 1970s (which I’ve met and have an autograph of!).  Continue reading “A new #21 cornerback on the 49ers? Yes, please!” A new #21 cornerback on t…