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Falcons may be ‘legit’ suitor to Asomugha

July 9th, 2011
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Nnamdi Asomugha

Three weeks ago, the AJC reported that former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon indicated on SiriusXM radio that the Falcons should go after Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency once the lockout ends. Gannon’s SiriusXM co-host Adam Schein writes for FOX Sports that the Falcons should be considered to be in the mix for the top free agent. Schein indicates that the Falcons along with the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and Houston Texans are four legit teams that could make a strong play for Asomugha, who is expected to be a hot commodity on the open market if/when free agency commences in the coming weeks.

NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora indicated that Asomugha could command as much as $19 million a year as a free agent, which would make him the highest paid player in the NFL. Last September, Tom Brady signed an extension with the Patriots that averaged $18 million a year that currently holds that distinction.

A hefty price, which is why it was written back in May that the Falcons should pass on Asomugha. The Falcons paid quite a bit of money to Dunta Robinson last off-season, and Brent Grimes, an impending restricted free agent, is also due a hefty extension in the coming weeks/months.

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