Now let me go ahead and get the initial response every Falcon fan has out of the way - YES! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY, YES!
With that done, follow the jump for an analysis of the Pros and Cons of bringing the former Raider to Atlanta.
Issue One: Cost
Cons - Make no mistake about this my friends, Nnamdi Asomugha is going to be the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. I doubt he'll be looking to make any less per year than the $17 million the Raiders sent his way for last season. In one of his rare, sane moments Al Davis accurately pointed out that giving Asomugha that kind of money costs the Raiders the chance to sign 2 or 3 quality players. This would be a frighteningly massive investment for our Falcons not even considering the money already invested in our secondary.
Pros - Thomas Dimitroff has proven time and time again that he is willing to pay for talented players. Also, our near average NFL cap number gives us enough room for one very large contract especially since Dimitroff's commitment to build through the draft has given us a roster built mostly of young, affordable players. Some numbers might have to be juggled but I think it can be done.
Issue Two: Production
Cons - Nnamdi Asomugha will turn 30 this summer and that is usually a negative milestone in a player's career. He could age gracefully and continue to be a game changing CB for the length of his next (and likely lengthy) contract. Or he could fall off the cliff and this whole mess could blow up in our face like Albert Haynesworth did to Washington. And don't forget that one bad hit is all it could take to end his NFL career.
Pros - Simply put: he's one of the few true shut down corners in the game. Talent like this doesn't come available often and he carries no more injury risk than any other player. In an increasing pass happy league, this man can single handedly shut down half of the whole damn field. I cannot overestimate how much this would benefit then entire team much less the defense. He would be the best friend our Defensive Ends ever had.
Issue Three: Room
Cons - We already have two starter quality CBs. Signing someone like Asmougha who's talent obviously demands a starting position means someone his going to have to take a demotion or be let go. This could lead to resentment and discontentment building up in the looker room. One point we and the organization take pride in is the comradeship and team first attitude we have cultivated. This move could put that in jeopardy.
Pros - In a pass heavy league that looks to be expanding to 18 games per season, you need 3 starter quality CBs for every game much less if a starter goes down. Depth isn't optional if you want to make a run deep into the playoffs. As for playing time, the coaches can earn their paychecks and get creative. Make the Nickle our base defense or move Brent Grimes to a safety position and have William Moore play a hybrid LB/DB role. I don't care what you do just get the talent on the damn field.
Issue Four: Competition
Cons - The NFL has enough deep pocketed owners who want to buy a championship that they might through more money and more years at Asomugha that any sane organization can justify. He's a player that an owner can sell to his customers even if the team isn't putting W's in the win column.
Pros - We can offer a high class organization, a young and talented core of players, and a chance to make a Super Bowl run in addition to a significant contract offer. If Asomugha value a shot at the Lombardi Trophy more that the highest possible amount of money he could get, Atlanta has to be a compelling option.
I could see the Dimitroff making a run for him if for no other reason than to drive up the cost for the competition. I'd love to see him in Falcon colors but realistically its a long shot. This decision would be right up there with drafting Matt Ryan in terms of determining our chances of success over immediate future. If we take a swing at this we'd damn well better hit it out of the park or we'll be all kinds of screwed.