Nnamdi Asomugh, once known as the best CB in the NFL, was recently waived by the San Francisco 49ers. The former Pro-Bowler was a bit player in San Fran this season, not playing since September 22nd. He was made expendable when the 49ers activated CB Eric Wright from the reserve/non-football injury list.
It’s difficult to say what went wrong with the former shut-down corner. He struggled in Philly when asked to play primarily zone defense. Nnamdi made a name for himself as a man cover-corner and didn’t handle the transition to zone well.
The Cowboys have faced similar problems with current CBs Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne who also prefer to play man coverage. Monte Kiffin’s defense has therefore adapted and shifted to more of a man-coverage pass defense and has seen slight improvements.
Even with those improvements, the Dallas defense has struggled mightily and ranks at the bottom of the league in total defense. While the odds are slim Nnamdi Asomugha regains his Pro-Bowl caliber level of play, the Cowboys could still possibly use the veteran given how poorly they are currently playing.
Mo Claiborne is still out with injury and nickel corner, Orlando Scandrick, has been filling in on the edge.
Taking a flyer on the high-character 32 year-old veteran may be worth it when he clears waivers and if the price is right.
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