Report: Nnamdi Asomugha 'torn' between 49ers, Saints

By Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

Nnamdi Asomugha, here giving up a catch to Domenik Hixon, is reportedly torn on where to play next. (USATSI)

Nnamdi Asomugha apparently can't choose between the NFL's third-best defense and its worst.

The 31-year-old Eagles castoff is “still torn between (the) 49ers and Saints,” NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted, adding New Orleans is “pushing really hard to get him.”

Money likely is one factor. Playing time could be another.

With New Orleans, which gave up an NFL-record 440.1 yards per game last season, Asomugha would play for his old coach Rob Ryan. Asomugha shined playing for Ryan as a Raider from 2004-08; Ryan is the Saints' new defensive coordinator.

Reports indicate the Saints might release one of their 2012 starters, Patrick Robinson or Jabari Greer, if they sign Asomugha.

With San Francisco, which yielded 294.4 yards per game, Asomugha would return to the Bay Area but possibly not start. It's unlikely he'd unseat Tarell Brown or Carlos Rogers. He'd have a better chance of replacing No. 3 corner Chris Culliver, who got burned badly in the Super Bowl.

No matter what, Asomugha will earn $4 million this season from the Eagles despite being an unmitigated disaster in their system. That's in addition to what his new team forks over.

Asomugha (6-2, 210) isn't the only big corner the 49ers are looking at. The Sacramento Bee reports the team could draft one, mentioning N.C. State's David Amerson and Florida State's Xavier Rhodes as possibilities.

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