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NFL Free Agency: What Happens If Redskins Sign Nnamdi Asomugha?

A recent article by Chris Russell of explores the possibility of and ramifications for the Washington Redskins signing star free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha after the NFL lockout ends, hopefully in the next week or so. 

In the piece, Russell interviews salary cap and contract expert J.I. Halsell and more or less comes to the conclusion that, if the Skins were to dole out the type of cash it would take to lure Asomugha into burgundy and gold next season, they would be forced to either get rid of current cornerback D'Angelo Hall or let safety LaRon Landry walk when his contract expires in a year.

Cornerback is certainly a need for the Redskins this offseason, especially with Carlos Rogers about to hit free agency, but not more so than their other defensive needs to upgrade their pass rush and run defense. 

How Mike Shanahan, Bruce Allen and the Redskins' front office handle this situation will go a long way in telling whether the new regime has learned from the Skins' past free agency boondoggles (see: Sanders, Deion). Do they intend to build through the draft and emphasize player development, or will they throw money at every big-name player on the market and doom the franchise to another decade of mediocrity.