The Oakland Raiders star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and the Oakland Raiders failed to reach a long term contract prior to the deadline July 15th. The Raiders placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on Asomugha in February, which basically guaranteed the star cornerback more than $9 million in 2008 and did not allow him to talk with any other team.
Asomugha has yet to sign his one year franchise tender and has been unable to practice with the team during offseason workouts.
The two sides worked at reaching a long term deal up until the deadline, Asomugha will earn approximately $9.765 million for 2008. Nnamdi has informed the team that he will not miss any regular season games in a holdout.
He'll have to wait another year to reach a long term deal, If he is franchised again in 2009 his franchise tender will increase to $11.7 million. He could earn upwards to $22 million in two years. He will more than likely sign his deal prior to the start of the regular season.
He deserves to have the security of a long term deal. This off season the Raiders signed veteran CB DeAngelo Hall to form a solid cornerback duo one of the best in the league. It would've been nice to see a Nnamdi Asomugha deal as part of the off season spending spree. I understand both sides in this scenario and the fact of the matter is that Nnamdi Asomugha remains a Raider but not signing a long term deal this year makes signing one next that more difficult as well as expensive. Happy he remains a Raider but this could've been handled better and he could've been locked up to finish his career as a Raider.