INDIANAPOLIS -- Eagles front office personnel will meet with cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (or his agent) this morning and will ask him to restructure his contract. If he is unwilling, they will release him, making him available to the highest bidder, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Asomugha is guaranteed $4 million in 2013 and is signed for the season for a total of $15 million, should the Eagles hold on to him without restructuring his contract. That's a massive amount of money for a cornerback with only four interceptions over the last two seasons.
He was graded by Pro Football Focus as the league's No. 34 cornerback out of those who took 75 percent of the team's snaps (101st of cornerbacks who took 25 percent of the team's snaps), with an overall score of -7.9. As a comparison, the lowest cornerback grade of a Bengals player was Nate Clements, who received a -1.9 and he played quite a bit of time at safety.
The Bengals are in need of either re-signing Adam Jones and Terence Newman, or bringing in some fresh blood at the cornerback position. While most would argue that Jones and Newman would be a better option, they certainly have the cap space to accommodate a player like Asomugha, if he was to sign a contract based on his recent body of work, that is.
However, going after Asomugha would lessen the amount of money available to re-sign defensive end Michael Johnson and right tackle Andre Smith, as well as the money available to extend the contracts of Geno Atkins and guys like A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, when the time comes to do so.
In reality, Asomugha isn't really an option for the Bengals despite the fact that they have the most cap space available. They have bigger fish to fry and the money that they do have available may not go nearly as far as they would like it to. On top of that, Mike Brown isn't really the kind of guy who goes after big-name free agents.
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