That was the subject line of an email I received from my father today. The following text comprised the remainder of the message (via profootballtalk):
“(Adam) Schefter reports that the Raiders would even be willing to trade cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha, who’s widely regarded as the best player on their roster. However, Asomugha’s contract (which includes an $8 million roster bonus due on the first day of the league year, a $7.83 million option bonus due on March 19 and language that makes it difficult to franchise him when he becomes a free agent after the 2011 season) makes it very unlikely any team would trade for him.”
I have to admit the idea is intriguing. Opposing quarterbacks don’t often find success when they throw in Woodson’s direction. By putting Asomugha at the other corner, you could effectively shutdown the top two receivers of every team the Packers face.
This train of thought doesn’t last long, however. The Packers’ General Manager is Ted Thompson. For better or worse, the Packers are married to this man, his philosophy and all. If Thompson is famous for anything, it is his lack of action rather than his action in free agency and trades.
We can all dream, but this really has no legs. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see it, but Ted Thompson isn’t going to give up the necessary compensation to acquire a player of Asomugha’s stature. Unless he’s available for a 2nd round draft choice, I don’t see Ted pulling the trigger on this one.
I’m sure Thompson will collect his fair share of criticism for this and many other non-acquisitions this offseason. The list of free agent signings and trades that other teams make will be long, and I’m afraid the Packers signings will barely make that list. But let’s face it, it’s a good thing those faithful to the Pack don’t make personnel decisions. If this were the case, Aaron Rodgers would still be on the bench (or playing elsewhere), and Favre would still be breaking our hearts.
Thompson is not a particularly exciting man, but he has built a contender. Let’s hold off any judgment and let the man do what he does best, evaluate talent and build a team his own way.
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