Posted on: February 26, 2010 11:09 am

Is a Shoutdown CB worth his price in gold?

I was doing my daily peruse of the papers, blogs, fansites, etc. and came across an interesting article on talks between Nnamdi Asomugha of the Raiders and Darrelle Revis of the Jets during the all-pro weekend for the NFL.  Apparently they were fantasizing what it would be like to have the both of them on the same team in the secondary.  Asomugha's contract is so high that I don't think that is a possibility, but you never know in the NFL.  We've all seen crazier things.

However, that got me wondering just what Asomugha's contract looked like...

... So, I google'd!

Signed a three-year, $45.3 million contract. The first two years, totaling $28.6 million, are fully guaranteed. Another $4.7 million is available through incentives. To keep Asomugha through 2011, the Raiders must pay him either the franchise number for quarterbacks that year OR $16.875 million, whichever number is greater. If the club fails to exercise the option, Asomugha cannot be franchise tagged and will become an unrestricted free agent. 2010: $755,000 (+ $8 million roster bonus due 3/5 + $7.83 million option bonus due 3/19), 2011: $2.105 million (Club Option), 2012: $3.455 million (Voidable Years), 2013: $4.805 million, 2014: $6.155 million, 2015: Free AgentThat is an INSANE amount of money, but worth EVERY penny in my opinion!

Asomugha has been on top of the pass defense as a secondary player for the pass two years.  Sometimes he doesn't see one pass thrown to his side of the field in a game!  In 2007, only 35 balls were thrown his way all season, and he allowed only 10 completions that season. That was an average of only 2.1 passes thrown to his side a game.

By comparison, Champ Bailey was thrown to 63 times that season and 37 of those balls were completed. That means about 59 percent of the balls thrown his way are completed, compared to Asomugha's 29 percent.


Now, a Revis-Asomugha backfield would just be unfair, but if the Raiders were serious about trading Asomugha...

... I think he is worth his weight in gold!


... DO YOU THINK Asomugha is worth the $14 million plus (and incentives) in 2010 not to mention...

... He would need to be franchised tagged like a QUARTERBACK in 2011 or paid nearly $17 million (whichever is greater).

Is a shutdown CB worth the same amount of money as a franchise quarterback?
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