Nnamdi Asomugha has hit the market two years after signing one of the richest contracts for a cornerback in league history. At the time he was viewed as a true shutdown cornerback, someone who could shut down his half of the field -- like Darrelle Revis, supposedly one player the Buccaneers are interested in. So with his release by the Philadelphia Eagles, should the Bucs be interested?
The answer is, basically: it depends on the price. And when I say "it depends on the price", I really mean "if he's willing to play for league minimum" because wow, did Asomugha ever play some absolutely horrible football the past two years. Sure, the Eagles didn't always use him in the best ways possible -- but he was simply playing poorly. He struggled in coverage, he passed up on opportunities to tackle, he lacked physicality and recovery speed. In essence he looked nothing like the player he had been in Oakland. He looked, quite frankly, like he'd fit right in with the 2012 Buccaneers cornerbacks: awful.
Which is why Buccaneers fans shouldn't be interested in Nnamdi Asomugha, and neither should the Bucs. Relying on him to start would be foolish. The best he can do is get a cheap, very cheap contract, and then try to compete in training camp. He looked that horrible in Philadelphia.
It seems the depths to which Asomugha's play has fallen has escaped the attention of many Bucs fans, but let me put it simply: he is now awful, and the Bucs should not sign him unless he comes very, very cheap.