If Not Nnamdi…
I’ve been one of the people banging the drum all offseason long for the Texans to put a big offer on the table for Nnamdi Asomugha. We’ve talked about his free agency so much that I don’t even need to consult Google to remember how to spell his name.
I’ll try not to be the Grinch here, but based on John McClain’s visit with Vandermeer and Lopez on Wednesday, there’s almost no way for Houston to sign the Raiders CB. If the 2011 salary cap is at around $120M and the Texans (right now) are at that number, how can they offer Nnamdi a $15-17M/year contract?
At this point, I’m just not sure if that’s possible. And here’s a bigger concern: if this team is indeed right up against the salary cap, how do you create enough room to sign a Jonathan Joseph, Carlos Rogers, Richard Marshall, or even an Ike Taylor? Remember, GM Rick Smith still needs to deal with trying to re-sign Vonta Leach, Jacoby Jones, Matt Leinart, and/or Rashad Butler.
To me, signing a veteran CB is an absolute must. You can’t go into a must-win season with a pair of Kareem Jackson and Jason Allen/Brandon Harris/Brice McCain on the other side. That might be good enough to win 8 games, but not reach the playoffs in the AFC.
I think you can definitely argue for letting Leach and Jones/Leinart leave in free agency to clear some space. That’s how dire the need is at cornerback right now. Other options? Put your eggs in the Eric Weddle basket. Sign the Chargers S to start with Troy Nolan, and move Glover Quin back to a starting CB spot.
There are always ways to create a little bit of cap space; released 2-3 players, restructure some big contracts, let somebody leave, etc. Maybe Smith decides to bet on numbers and signs Taylor, Gerald Sensabaugh, and Dashon Goldson. That way, the CB and S positions would at least have a ton of quantity, even if the quality remains to be seen.
Either way, I hate to say it, but the odds of Nnamdi as a Texan appear to be getting very slim.