Pay Nnamdi, Rick!

In an unforeseen development, Raiders shutdown corner Nnamdi Asomugha will be a free agent effective immediately.  Asomugha's contract contained an obscure clause that stipulated a failure to achieve certain escalators would event in voiding his deal.  The clause also states that the Raiders will not be able to use the franchise tag on Asomugha, even if the tag still exists in the new CBA.

It is uncharacteristic for Rick Smith and the Texans front office to try and make a splash in free agency, and Nnamdi will certainly be the most sought after free agent this off season, but this is a rare opportunity.  If Bob McNair wants to recapture the fanbase's attention after failing to make a change at head coach, this would be a great way to do so.  Nnamdi is also a model citizen, so it shouldn't disqualify him on account of Mr. McNair's policy for only assembling quality moral character guys on his team.

I write all this excitedly, but in the back of my mind I know it likely won't happen.  The Texans will regurgitate some catch phrases like "build through the draft" and Nnamdi will get a boat load of money somewhere else.  Every once in a while, it makes sense to go all out and spend some money, even if it means spending an insane amount.  I won't even bother asking you if it's a good idea because I'm sure most of you think it would be.  Rather, I ask if you think there's a realistic shot of this actually happening.  Do you think the Texans will make a run at Scrabble?

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