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Tampa Bay Buccaneers surface in Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes

Minutes after Johnathan Joseph signed with the Houston Texans, the Bucs saw their name surface in the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes. This is the first time their name has been mentioned in connection to Nnamdi, although many fans would love to see them sign the former Raider. If the Bucs were to sign Nnamdi, it would cost them a lot of money. At least $12 million per year, and possibly as much as $18 million per year. The Bucs missed out on Joseph, who got a hefty five-year $48.75 million contract with $23.5 million guaranteed and a $12.5 million signing bonus. That's a ton of money, and seeing those numbers I'm not surprised the Bucs passed on him. 

Nnamdi Asomugha would be a major upgrade for the Bucs' secondary. In fact, he would be a major upgrade for any NFL secondary. While he has been mostly a press-man cornerback, he has the skills to excel in zone coverage and off-man coverage as well. Besides that, Raheem Morris does a great job working with a defensive back's strengths. I'm not worried about a scheme fit. 

But, let's temper any expectations. Nnamdi does not fit with the Bucs' supposed plan: Nnamdi is 30 years old, which certainly doesn't fit with the Bucs' youth movement. Keep in mind that good cornerbacks can play well until their mid-30s, though. Besides that, Dominik wants to stick with building through the draft. Obviously, signing Nnamdi would not fit with that. We'll have to see, but Nnamdi Asomugha has been heavily linked to the New York Jets, and the Jets have supposedly created cap room to sign him. 

Besides that, Jason LaCanfora seems to believe that this is not happening, and so does Warren Sapp. And, of course, with the previous two rumors the Bucs missed out too.