Almost lost in the shuffle of an amazing NFL playoff weekend is the fact Oakland Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha is now an unrestricted free agent. Asomugha's contract contained a clause that automatically voided the last year in his deal if certain incentives were not met. Even worse for the Silver & Black is the fact Nnamdi cannot be franchised in 2011.
Asomugha is a local kid, having played college ball at Cal and still has a huge philanthropic impact on the Bay Area community. Losing the Pro Bowler would be a huge blow for a franchise on the verge of competence. There's a sense that Nnamdi will look to join a team that's competitive and cohesive. Oakland fans have seen this story before with Charles Woodson and history very well may repeat itself, leaving the team without its best player and leader. Either Chris Johnson and Stanford Routt would have to step up, which is an unlikely scenario.
It took the Raiders Nnamdi Asomugha's entire career to become relevant again. Without him they'll sink back into the Black Hole.