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Asomugha and Trufant get franchised; Samuel yells, 'Cha-ching!'

MJD
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The alternate title for this post was, "...And this is why you don't preview the free agent cornerback crop before the deadline to apply the franchise tag."

The Raiders Nnamdi Asomugha and the Seahawks Marcus Trufant will both be staying with their respective teams next year. Barring a long-term extension in the meantime, they'll each be playing next season for about $9.65 million.

That means that the top two cornerbacks available on the open market will be Asante Samuel and Drayton Florence, which is kind of like saying that the Lakers two best shooting guards are Kobe Bryant and Sasha Vujacic. It's true, but it doesn't necessarily mean that they should be grouped together.

Meanwhile, Samuel, now left as the only free agent corner you'd want to start in '08, can go ahead and start picking which fleet of Bentleys he'd like to buy. The man's getting paid. The only sentence he'll need in negotiations is, "Yeah, go ahead, start Drayton Florence. Here's my number"

• Raiders place exclusive franchise tag on CB Asomugha / Yahoo! Sports
• Seahawks Franchise Marcus Trufant / Field Gulls

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