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Impact of Nnamdi Asomugha Signing on Lions

Earlier today there was a tweet from Jason La Canfora indicating the Lions were ‘monitoring’ the Nnamdi Asomugha situation.  The Lions were never expected to be in play for Asomugha, so it was a bit odd that the Lions would be monitoring his situation on the surface.  The Lions were monitoring Nnamdi, not in hopes of signing him, but in hopes taking advantage of the ramifications of his deal.

Now that the Eagles have acquired Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie they do not have a great need for Asante Samuel, who is a great fit for the Lions’ defense.  Samuel has a large cap number this season which would make it unlikely that the Eagles will carry him on the roster as a nickelback.  The Lions have likely been doing their homework on swinging a trade for Samuel and may be poised to pounce now that the Asomugha deal is official.

The second piece of the puzzle that should fall into place is Stephen Tulloch.  The Eagles have been negotiating with Tulloch and driving the price up for the Lions.  Now that they have $12.5 million invested in their new cornerback, that could take them out of the Tulloch market and bring his price back down to a more acceptable range for the Lions.  The Lions are heavily pursuing Nick Barnett following his release by the Packers, and it remains to be seen whether Barnett is the preferred option or a backup plan for Tulloch.

Lastly, both premier cornerbacks (Jonathan Joseph being the other) have signed and set the market for the rest of the corners.  Expect a flurry of activity amongst defensive backs now that the price ceiling has been set.  The Lions filled one cornerback position, but have at least one more spot to fill.  The first couple dominoes have fallen, get ready for the rest to tumble soon.

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One Response to “Impact of Nnamdi Asomugha Signing on Lions”

  1. UpYours says:

    Sucks we didn’t get him, but I like the thought that we could grab Samuel…this wasn’t an idea that I actually thought of, so it’s nice to see the Lions a step ahead for once, unlike the Millen era 🙂

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