During the NFL Lockout, top free agent corner Nnamdi Asomugha has been the center of many reports and a lot of speculation. One rumor linked Asomugha to the Detroit Lions, however, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has said the Lions will not enter a bidding war for the elite corner. A team source told Birkett that Asomugha will be too expensive for Detroit.
If the team signs it’s top free agents, it will not have much room under the salary cap to throw at a guy like Asomugha. Instead, look for the team to target a second-tier corner such as Drayton Florence and try hard to re-sign Chris Houston.
The money the team would need to target the top corners in the free agent market will likely be focused on re-signing a guy like Cliff Avril. Avril is rapidly improving and recorded a career high 8.5 sacks last season. Avril is their top priority and the team hopes to sign him to a long term deal.
It may be heartbreaking news to Lions fans who know the team needs a top corner and was hoping for Asomugha, but signing the man also known as “Scrabble” just doesn’t seem realistic.