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Trading Asomugha could make sense

10/18/2010

Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Oakland Raiders are willing to trade any player on the roster.

That means star left cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha could be had.

While Asomugha is a great player, I don’t think it would be the worst idea for Oakland to trade him if it can get market value for him.

Oakland is 2-4 and has not looked as improved as it expected to be. The season is almost half over and Oakland still can’t win consistently. The key here is Oakland doesn’t have a first-round pick in 2011 because it sent it to New England for defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

Oakland is still very much in the building phase, so it could use all the young talent it can get. If trading Asomugha means it could get a couple of high draft picks, Oakland should think about it.

The Raiders have an option on Asomugha’s contract next year, which is the final year of the deal. If the Raiders can save some money and get some talent in return, they need to think about it. It’s no different than when a struggling baseball team sends a top talent away for a package of young players.

Plus, no matter how good Asomugha is, he is not making Oakland a winner. Since Asomugha was drafted in 2003, Oakland is 31-87. Of course, the losing is not Asomugha’s fault and Oakland would be better the rest of the season with him than without him.

It is doubtful any team would make a blockbuster deal for Asomugha before Tuesday’s deadline. But if the opportunity presented itself, Oakland needs to listen. Asomugha is a commodity and Oakland has to do what’s best for the future of the franchise.