Originally Posted by Texanmike
So a QB is worth breaking the bank for but the ability to take half the field away from that same QB is not worth it?
What if your secondary is absolutely terrible and you could go from the 30th secondary in the league to instantly an average secondary? This is the one player that you can probably add 3-5 wins to your total instantly. Seriously. Without any other changes to our defense last year, add Nnamdi and you are talking about a team that wins 9-11 games.
There's a reason why your secondary is absolutely terrible, and it ain't because you didn't have Aso in the backfield. You would swear from some of the reactions here that this guy is the sole reason why Oakland has been to the playoffs for the past eight years straight.
I'm not going to deny Aso's ability, but I've always been worried about buying into the hype of any player, especially at defensive back which is arguably the hardest position in football. Does he really shut down the field as well as people thinks he does? He's great, don't get me wrong, but there's a reason why nobody throws on the Raiders, and it's more to do with the fact that their run defense, in the words of Bart Scott, "can't stop a nosebleed."
A legitimate question for the Aso must-signers out there: How much do you think he's worth a year? And don't give me that "he's worth whatever it takes the win" bullplop. Man up and produce a number.