Friday, July 29, 2011

Class Act - Nnamdi Asomugha

It was reported today that my favorite Raider, Nnamdi Asomugha, has been signed by the Eagles to a 5 year $60M deal. Although I was surprised with Nnamdi's final destination (Philly instead of NYJ, Dallas, or Arizona), it wasn't a shock that the Raiders weren't able to bring him back into the fold. When you consider the Raiders' current salary cap challenges, Nnamdi was a luxury item that the team couldn't afford when configuring a 53 man roster.

Career Highlights and Awards:
- 4x Pro Bowl selection
- 4x All-Pro selection
- 2x Oakland Raiders MVP;
- Ranked #18 on the list of NFL Network's Top 100 NFL players of 2011

Nnamdi is the epitome of a TRUE role model ... elite shut-down cornerback, phenomenal athlete, dedicated professional, outstanding work ethic, humble, law abiding solid citizen, man of character, and passionate philanthropist. #21 will be sorely missed in the Raider Nation and I wish him the very best in his next stage of his career.

7 Comments:

Blogger Raiders Only said...

Sorry I do not see this the same way.. I live near philly so I guess thats why I am pretty angry. If Nnamdi was going to leave I would of rather seem him in Dallas playing for Jerry Jones. I HATE the Eagles organization. And am not happy Nnamdi is playing for them. But it is what it is I guess... Im not focused on the Eagles, the Raiders need to sign Cromartie or any talented corner if they dont want their defense to be ranked near the leagues worst...

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CJ,

Were you not shocked by how inexpensive Nnamdi was relative to other cb out there.

I thought he would be getting at least 15 million per year and over 30 guaranteed. I am perplexed by the fact that Al gave Rout 20 mm guaranteed when for an extra 5 he could have retained Nnamdi? He is certainly worth the extra 5.

Unless Nnamdi specifically told the Raiders he was not coming back under any circumstances it seems the Raiders miscalculated

Regards
Florida Raider

9:28 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

FL,
It was as clear as day when we signed Routt, Seymour, Wimbley, and Henderson to extensions WAY beyond market value in Feb. that Nnamdi was not in our plans. It is highly conceivable that it was a mutual decision by Nnamdi and the Raiders that they would part ways.

As far as Nnamdi signing for $12M per season ... he has never been about the money. The guy still drives a 95 Nissan Maxima. He picked Philly because he felt it was a SB contender. I wish him well.

1:10 PM  
OpenID RaiderMike88p said...

I am sad to see Nnam leave, but it was obvious he would. Al found and developed Nnam, just like Woodson, and he will find another.

Nnam is a great person and professional, and I was proud to have him in the silver and black, and I was disappointed to lose him after all that Al did for him - but, it is about the money, it is always about the money.

Nonetheless, we will survive without him, he is a phenominal CB, but he was not a leader on the team, the defensive leaders are Seymour and McClain.... frankly, I thank Al most for keeping big Richard and understand why he let Nnam go. Seymour is not only one of the best at his position, but he is a leader who has made his colleagues better, Kelly, Houston and Shaughnessy, among others, have lifted their games to new levels under the tutelage of Seymour. With all of Nnamdi's talents, that kind of leadership is not one of them.

Best wishes to Nnam, though i Hate the eagles, but good fortunes to the raiders in 2011. I am buying season tickets.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raider Mike exactly right on the Seymour comment

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

CJ, apologesas for falling off the "raidar" screen. Will fill you in some time. Till then, what a great display tonight. Jano for 63, tying Tom Dempsey's 1970 effort for best in the NFL. Lechler for freaking 77 (gross), tying the Raiders record set in the early '60s. And a Raider win. The team earned it. That Denver appointed Shmonk Shmirnoff QB was a gift from God, what a joke! But that's on them. 1-0 feels good, bro!

11:43 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Tooz,

A "W" on the road, to open the season, on MNF, vs. a hated divisional opponent (read: Donkeys) is sweet.

Big game @ Buffalo ... with a tough schedule to follow (NYJ, Patsies, @ Hou), it is a critical game.

Glad your "Raidar" atennae is back up! Cheers, CJ

9:21 PM  

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