Monday, January 10, 2011
Where could Asomugha land?
By Bill Williamson
The reaction of Nnamdi Asomugha’s unexpected unrestricted free agency -- Oakland will be unable to put the franchise tag on him -- continues. The Oakland Tribune looks at potential landing spots for Asomugha.
I think Dallas, Miami, Washington, Baltimore and Jacksonville could all make a run at Asomugha, although I truly have a difficult time believing Al Davis will not do what it takes to keep Asomugha. After all, Davis gave Asomugha $15 million a year two years ago. Why wouldn’t Davis do it again for to keep his best player? However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter thinks Asomugha could be on his way out of Oakland.
I think the only team in the AFC West that could make a run at Asomugha is Denver, but only if Champ Bailey leaves as a free agent. Asomugha and Bailey will be among the most sought-after defensive players on the market. Kansas City and San Diego are set at cornerback and both have other needs.
- The Raiders said they have begun the interview process to hire Tom Cable’s successor. The Raiders will not comment on who they are interviewing. Expect some names to surface, but it would be an upset if offensive coordinator Hue Jackson isn’t promoted. The Oakland Tribune speculates former Oakland assistant and Cleveland defensive coordinator Rob Ryan could be a candidate. The fact that Jackson wasn’t the first candidate interviewed doesn’t mean much. The Raiders already know what they have in Jackson. So, they are simply looking at other candidates before deciding if any may be better than Jackson. Still, Jackson’s work with the offense this season may be ultimately difficult to ignore.
- Kansas City will have the No. 21 pick in the first round of the draft.
- The NFL Network reports former Denver coach Josh McDaniels could end up as the offensive coordinator in St. Louis. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is where McDaniels ends up, if there is an opening in St. Louis. McDaniels could do some nice work with Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford and rehabilitate his own career in the meantime. I know McDaniels is interested in stable offensive coordinator jobs rather than risky head-coaching jobs in an attempt to resurrect his career. McDaniels has interviewed in Minnesota.