Big impact from bargain FAs

Nnamdi Asomugha among players who could pay off for new teams

Originally Published: April 8, 2013
By Matt Bowen | Special to ESPN Insider
Julio Jones, Nnamdi AsomughaRob Carr/Getty ImagesNnamdi Asomugha struggled in coverage with the Philadelphia Eagles last season.

After Mike Wallace, Dashon Goldson, Jared Cook and a select few others cashed in on big free-agent deals, the market slowed and NFL teams began to bargain shop. A slew of one-year contracts followed, with players agreeing to deals that were low on commitment and on guaranteed money to land a job for the 2013 season.

Let's examine five of those veterans who could play important roles this season on one-year deals at a discounted rate.

Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, San Francisco 49ers

Although I believe Asomugha could have been a good fit in New Orleans playing within Rob Ryan's man-pressure scheme, the 49ers land the veteran cornerback on a one-year deal that has very limited risk attached to it (worth up to $3 million but with no guaranteed cash).

The question on Asomugha is simple: Can he still run?


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Matt Bowen

Special to ESPN Insider
Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is a veteran of four teams over seven seasons, and now provides analysis for a number of media outlets.