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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
BBAO: Nnamdi Asomugha 'too expensive'

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

On Monday, we noted the Detroit Lions have enough salary-cap space to sign free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha if they choose. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press suggests the Lions won't choose to.

Birkett reports the Lions want to add a cornerback via free agency but doesn't think they can break the bank considering upcoming bonuses due to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, tailback Jahvid Best and left tackle Jeff Backus. The Lions also would like to sign defensive end Cliff Avril to a long-term deal, according to Birkett.

Of course, much could change once we get the final details of the new collective bargaining agreement and find out exactly what Asomugha is looking for. Sometimes, suggestions that a player is too expensive can be viewed more as a negotiating tool than a statement of fact. But as we discussed Monday, if a bidding war develops, the Lions would have to sacrifice several other facets of their roster to have a legitimate chance to sign Asomugha.

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