Assuming that Terrance Newman and Adam Jones resign, they would be two of the three returning secondary veterans along with Leon Hall. Dre Kirkpatrick and Shaun Prater are relative unknowns at this point, but show very strong potential and upside. Asomugha would make the sixth, and with the imminent termination of Jason Allen’s contract, the 31-year old is certainly worth picking up his two-year $8-10M contract, thus having zero impact on available cap space. Further, the design of a short term contract would be timed perfectly to conclude when that cap room would need to open back up. It would be like a one-for-one exchange: Allen for Asomugha.
Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (24) looks at the Dallas Cowboys huddle during the game at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Recently, some non-news was released painting Asomugha as an anti-social man-apart because he reportedly ate his lunches in his car rather than with his teammates on Eagles’ practice days. This is humorous because it doesn’t take into account Asomugha as a person. Widely regarded as an academic character within the NFL, several ESPN reporters remarked at how taken they were with his insight and intellect during interviews when he was being traded from Oakland to Philadelphia. Why wouldn’t it make sense that he wanted a little “me time” as the reports state? He was probably finishing Tolstoy and Melville between reps, which wouldn’t be that surprising. Regardless of whatever he was reading, eating or listening to on the radio, Asomugha would be a perfect fit in the new Bengals locker room as well as a great addition to Coach Zimmer’s secondary.