This offseason there has been a lot of talk about where Nnamdi Asomugha will end up and how big of a threat the Detroit Lions will be to sign him when free agency opens. There has also been a lot of talk about what Asomugha's contract will look like, as fans want to know how much money the free agent cornerback could end up making.
According to Jason La Canfora, it's possible Asomugha could make as much as $19 million a season based on the market for him and the fact that some teams will need to open up their checkbooks just to get to the cap floor that exists in the proposed CBA. This puts a team like Tampa Bay in good shape to not only land Asomugha, but to pay him some big bucks as well.
The Bucs are going to have to set the market with a deal or two to get up to the cash thresholds if that ends up being in the deal. And while I hear Nnamdi would like primarily to go to a team that is seen as a perennial contender, he also knows money talks and he ain't a spring chicken anymore Remember, the Bucs put a pretty massive deal on the table for Haynesworth a few years back as well. I could see them out-bidding others for Nnamdi (but that average per year is gonna be more like $19M than $16M). That would not surprise me.
Although the Lions have been frequently discussed as a possible landing spot for Asomugha, I can't see them paying $19 million a season for him. Martin Mayhew seems much more inclined to use that money to fill multiple needs rather than just hand it out to one player. No matter how good he may be, I can't see Detroit paying Asomugha that much.