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New Orleans Saints Rumors: Saints One of the Frontrunners to Sign Nnamdi Asomugha

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COMMENTARY | In an effort to revamp their horrendous 2012 defense, the New Orleans Saints are rumored to be one of the frontrunners to land coveted free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

According to an NFL.com report, the Louisiana native met with the Saints brass Sunday, March 17 and is reportedly deciding between the Saints and San Francisco 49ers. In another report from nola.com, speculation is that Rob Ryan may be the key to Asomugha signing with the Saints based on their time together with the Oakland Raiders.

Although no new information has surfaced about this rumor, it's definitely plausible why Asomugha is interested in playing for these two teams -- he's a good fit for both. Yes, he had a dreadful 2012 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, but he's still a quality cornerback who can thrive in the right system. If the 49ers acquire him, he will have the opportunity to play in a scheme where he can play a lot of press coverage.

If Asomugha opts to sign with the Saints, he will reunite with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who knows his strengths and can utilize them effectively in his 3-4 defensive scheme. Ryan likes to play man defense, and values corners who are physical and good tacklers. These are two major strengths of Asomugha's game that are desperately needed for a Saints secondary notorious for missing tackles and surrendering big pass plays because of their inability to jam opposing wide receivers at the line of scrimmage.

Asomugha would be an instant upgrade to the Saints' defense because of his ball instincts, leadership intangibles and character in the locker room. His signing may create a dilemma for general manager Mickey Loomis, who will have to decide what to do with current starters Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson.

The smart move is to keep all of them to maintain depth in the secondary.

Daniel Miller is a freelance sports contributor for AOL Patch.com. He's also worked as a freelance sportswriter for the Dallas Morning News, sports editor for Sirius XM Radio, and a sports production assistant for KXAS-TV NBC-5 in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area.

You can follow Daniel on Twitter @dm26Nola.

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