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Monday, May 16, 2011
Hot Button: Nnamdi Asomugha

By Bill Williamson

This week’s Hot Button debate was a look at where Oakland free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha could land.

John Clayton thinks Houston is a great fit, while Pat Yasinskas believes he would fit nicely in Tampa Bay.

There will be plenty of teams that go after Asomugha, who will be the free-agent prize of the 2011 class. It is expected that NFC East teams, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington will try to land the star cornerback.

Nationally, it is being assumed that Asomugha will leave Oakland. When his contract voided in January, I thought Asomugha would end up staying in Oakland. I still think there’s a chance he will return, because Al Davis has long done what it takes to keep his best players.

However, there have been signs that Asomugha could be on the move. The Raiders secured several prospective free agents prior to the lockout, including cornerback Stanford Routt, who was given a three-year, $31.5 million deal. In January, Davis said he was interested in keeping Asomugha, but he also reasoned that he could sign two or three players for the money it would take to sign Asomugha. It seems like Oakland has chosen to keep the players it wants to keep.

Plus, the Raiders drafted two cornerbacks last month, so it appears the Raiders are preparing to move on without Asomugha. That's why so many people are looking at other options for Asomugha.

While I won’t completely believe a great talent like Asomugha could leave Oakland until he actually signs with another team, the tea leaves are indicating that will be the case.