According to Adam Stiffler of NFL Network, Nnamdi Asomugha signed his tender and will be at camp.
I have to think one of two things caused Asomugha to change his mind.
1) The Raiders assured him he wouldn’t be franchised in 2009
2) Asomugha feared that he would be labeled a me-first player by holding out.
I by no means think the first one is a possibility. Asomugha is a class act and he has just cemented his status as a team leader and defensive captain. One thing Al Davis admires more than anything and that is loyalty. Asomugha made the correct decision, because if Al doesn’t give him that big contract next offseason, someone will. Aosmugha has just proven to his teamates, coaches and to Davis that he is serious about winning and being a team first guy, even if he has to overlook a business aspect of the game.
Considering Asomugha went to the NFLPA business development classes this offseason, you have to expect he knows exactly what he is doing. In the end, I believe Asomugha will reap the benefits of the move, both in the win column, in the bank account and in terms of the respect he will receive from the other guys on the field that wouldn’t be man enough to do the same.
There was nothing to gain from holding out at this point other than to state his displeasure with not getting a long term deal, but its part of football and he will be guaranteed nearly $10 million this season, there really was no good reason for it and Asomugha realizing that made a bold and calculated move.
For that, he has gained my utmost respect.
I’m pretty excited for camp, lets hope its a useful one. I can’t remember an offseason I was so excited for.
Keep coming back for more as camp unfolds.