More Free Agent Competition On The Way For Keenan Lewis?

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.

  • steeltown

    Lots of so called FA competition out there.. everyone will talk about Revis and Nnamdi, but Grimes, Smith, Cromartie and Talib will actually be the main ‘comp’ for Lewis

  • LucasY59

    too bad for Lewis, but good for the Steelers. lots of quality in the FA CB’s this year (as well as proven performers at the position) Lewis may not find as many teams willing to give him a ton of $ especially when they can get other decent players, no overspending for a player just because there is no competition

  • Yes, particularly Talib.

  • GH05T

    good upside here but i’m worried about age and past history

  • TsarPepe

    Add to this the fact that the draft is deep at CB, and this puts additional pressure on the FA market.

  • Trevor

    Seems like I heard that Lewis already stated that he wanted to stay. I’m hoping that he has talked to Gay and others who left Pittsburgh only to return to see that the grass on the other side of the fence is not actually greener. If we can offer a reasonably equivalent offer then I think he stays. That will require Woodley to restructure and perhaps some change with Harrison’s contract to make some cap room. It just doesn’t seem like Gay’s contract will prohibit us from offering Lewis a contract. Of course all of this is moot if the coaches and FO have a high level of trust in Cortez as the future.

  • TsarPepe

    Chris Gamble was just released by the Panthers. Add him to the list of people crowding Lewis’s market.

  • TsarPepe

    Alan Ross released by the Jags, days after they let go of R. Mathis.