Key FAs who can shift NFL power

Nnamdi Asomugha among five players who could make a big impact

Originally Published: March 19, 2013
By Field Yates | ESPN Insider

Nnamdi AsomughaRich Schultz /Getty ImagesNnamdi Asomugha could be an asset for the New Orleans Saints defense in 2013.

The initial rush of NFL free agency has come and gone, with players such as Mike Wallace, Wes Welker, Paul Kruger, Steven Jackson and Greg Jennings finding new homes.

But the pool of remaining talent is far from shallow, as a number of quality players whose contracts expired or were released by their previous team remain unemployed.

Deals can come together quickly in free agency, and many of these players may not remain on the market for much longer.

Here's a look at five deals that should happen based on a team's need and player's skill set, which will also help to shift the balance of power in the NFL.

1. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to the New Orleans Saints

There's an element of buyer beware associated with Asomugha. He's not the elite cornerback who signed with Philadelphia during the 2011 NFL offseason, but he's also a better player than what he showed in two seasons with the Eagles. For the 31-year-old, it's about fit.


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Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.