Were Ravens Cuts Made For Run At Asomugha?

OAKLAND CA - OCTOBER 3: Defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders breaks up a pass to wide receiver Kevin Walter #83 of the Houston Texans during an NFL football game October 3 2010 at The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland California. The Texans won the game 31-24. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Did the Baltimore Ravens make the cuts they made last night, some expected, some surprising, in order to get them to a financial position for a run at trying to sign former Oakland Raider Nnamdi Asomugha? Clark Judge of CBS Sports seems to think so, according to a story by Joe Fortenaugh of the National Football Post.

The release last night of Willis McGahee, Derrick Mason, Kelly Gregg and Todd Heap frees up over $18 million of cap space, which should allow the team to not only offer  contract to Asomugha, but also re-sign one or two of the guys they just released.

If so, can you imagine the other decisions the team will have to make, especially in the defensive secondary? The Ravens would have to decide to try to bring back either Chris Carr of Josh Wilson, or perhaps neither. They already have Domonique Foxworth, Lardarius Webb and rookies Jimmy Smith and Chykie Brown at cornerback. The addition of Nnamdi would make the other free agents expendable and the future rotation of him, Foxworth, Webb and Smith could make the Ravens defensive backs among the deepest groups in the NFL.

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