Saints waiting for Nnamdi Asomugha to choose team

By Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst


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Nnamdi Asomugha, here getting burned for a TD, could be reunited with Rob Ryan in New Orleans. (USATSI)

Nnamdi Asomugha and Saints officials "hit it off" during the cornerback's free-agent visit to New Orleans over the weekend, general manager Mickey Loomis told the Times-Picayune.

"We're always looking for good players to improve our team and we think Nnamdi would be a great fit for our defense and our team," Loomis said, adding the Saints are waiting for Asomugha to decide where he wants to play.

Asomugha, who turns 32 in July, also visited the 49ers last week.

Asomugha was at his best when he played for Rob Ryan in Oakland. Ryan is the Saints' new defensive coordinator.

The 6-2, 210-pound corner played for Ryan from 2004-08. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2008 and a second-teamer in 2006 when he made eight interceptions, returning four for touchdowns. Asomugha also made first-team All-Pro in 2010 after Ryan's departure, and three straight Pro Bowls from 2008-10.

A massive disappointment in Philadelphia, Asomugha would join a crowded Saints secondary that includes newly-signed Keenan Lewis and 2012 starters Patrick Robinson and Jabari Greer.

New Orleans needs all the help it can get after giving up an NFL-record 7,042 yards (440.1 per game) and ranking 31st in both pass defense and points allowed.

If Asomugha signs, the Saints could release Robinson or Greer, according to the Times-Picayune.

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