Will the Philadelphia Eagles release or trade cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha over the course of the next few days? Asomugha, who is scheduled to earn a base salary in 2013 of $15 million, could potentially be free agent competition for Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis if he winds up being released.
The 31 year-old Asomugha was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Oakland Raiders, but his time with the Eagles certainly wasn\’t memorable. Although he is more decorated than Lewis, he is also four years older than him.
The Eagles could possibly trade Asomugha, but a team that trades for him would also acquire his contract, and that is not something that many teams would likely want to do.
We already passed along the news this morning that the Jacksonville Jaguars have decided not to offer a contract to cornerback Rashean Mathis. Mathis, however, is 32 and unlikely to command a long-term contract if a team were to sign him.
Joining Mathis recently in the unemployment line is cornerback Dunta Robinson, who was let go by the Atlanta Falcons last week. He will turn 31 years of age next month.
The cornerbacks who are already scheduled to be free agents, just like Lewis in less than a week, are Sean Smith, Brent Grimes, Aqib Talib, Chris Houston and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Keep in mind that cornerback Darrelle Revis could also likely to be traded by the New York Jets over the course of the next week as well. He would be the prize of all prizes as far as cornerbacks go.
Will all of this competition help keep the market value of Lewis down? It\’s really hard to say. All it takes is for one team to overpay Lewis, or at least pay more than what the Steelers are willing to pay him, and he will more than likely be gone.
There should be an interesting couple of weeks forthcoming.