No. He's not going to play for the Patriots. But I bet some of you clicked on the link just to make sure the Raiders' franchise cornerback wasn't bolting.
Nnamdi Asomugha is an exclusive franchise player, so he can't negotiate with other teams.
I was able to catch up Asomugha this afternoon as he prepares to take six Oakland students on a tour of colleges and cultural exhibits in the Boston and Rhode Island (or as Raiders fans might say, stinkiní New England) area.
Iíve received several emails asking a lot about Asomughaís feelings about being franchised and watching the Raiders then sign another cornerback, DeAngelo Hall, to a seven-year deal worth up to $70 million.
Hereís the short of it:
No heís not mad.
He hasnít spoken to Hall.
Heís working out in Los Angeles and will be ready for the season.
ďIím just letting (agent) Steve (Baker) handle it,Ē Asomugha said of contract negotiations.
Asomugha is a favorite of just about everyone at team headquarters in Alameda so expect the team to try to lock him up long term.
So donít worry, there will be more of this in 2008:
Asomughaís stayed busy by taking classes at the Harvard Business School through the NFL and preparing for the college tour with students from the East Oakland Youth Development Center.
Thereís a lot of work Asomugha does with EOYDC that he doesnít publicize. Iíve written about some of the excursions heís taken students on the previous two offeseasons because (believe it or not) I like writing stories about athletes doing good things.
The group leaves Oakland late Tuesday and will spend five days back east.
Visit http://www.eoydc.org/ for more on the center and look for pictures from the tour to be posted.
Iíll be writing more about Nnamdiís work off the field later this week for the newspaper.
Thatís right, another positive Raider story.