Despite recent reports that Oakland Raiders coach Al Davis could be ready to unload some of his high priced talent since his team is underperforming, it appears that defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha won’t be one of those players.
Asomugha, who many feel is probably the best defensive back currently in the league right now, is a former first round pick after being selected in 2003 and it seems likely that he isn’t going anywhere. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, it looks doubtful that Oakland would let go of one of their team captains, saying via Twitter that he “Would be stunned if Raiders traded him.”
If the Raiders are looking to unload salary, Asomugha would be a guy to consider but looking at his contract it seems that it would be tough for any team to absorb it. He signed a very complex three-year deal back in February that made him the highest paid defensive back in NFL history, but came with some bizarre clauses.
According to a published report by Schefter earlier this year, the first two years, worth a reported $28.5 million, are fully guaranteed. However, in the third year of the contract, if Oakland wants to keep Asomugha, they’ll reportedly need to pay him the average of the top five highest-paid “quarterbacks” or $16.875 million, whichever is higher.
A bizarre contract to say the least, but then again has anything Al Davis done recently made much sense?