How quick things can change in the NFL. Two years ago, Nnamdi Asomougha was regarded the second-best cornerback in the league, behind Darrelle Revis, and had just signed a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Today, Asomougha finds himself unemployed and on the free-agent market after the Eagles released him on Tuesday.
But there is an old saying about doors closing and windows opening, especially for cornerbacks in the pass-happy NFL.
One big window that could be opening for Asomougha goes all the way from Philadelphia to San Francisco, where the 49ers will meet with the 31-year-old defensive back on Thursday, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
The 49ers are looking to get bigger at the cornerback position. Asomugha is listed at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. Asomugha has California ties, so there is mutual interest. He owns a home in Southern California, attended Cal and played his first eight NFL seasons with the Raiders.
You can understand why Asomugha would want to play for a team like the 49ers. In addition to being one of the best teams in the league the last two seasons, with no reason to expect that to change in 2013, he would get to play behind one of the top defensive front sevens in the league.
If you have a great defensive line that can create pressure on opposing quarterbacks and force poor throws, it opens up things in the secondary and creates opportunities for interceptions or big hits on wide receivers.
For the 49ers, they look within their division at Seattle to see what Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor (both listed at 6'3") have done for that defense. Their secondary also got picked apart in the postseason even as they went to the Super Bowl, and know changes have to be made.
Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff have had success in the past with resurrection projects. Carlos Rogers looked like a bust in his time with Washington, came to San Francisco and turned into a Pro Bowl player in 2011.
They have the perfect defense around Asomugha to help get him back to the level he was at with Oakland. These are two parties that desperately need each other and must find a way to work out a contract.