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Anthony Dixon will not sell jersey number to Nnamdi Asomugha for $24,000

Anthony-Dixon-NinersVeteran cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is entering his first season with the San Francisco 49ers, and he would like to keep wearing the number he has worn throughout his entire 10-year NFL career. Unfortunately for him, it appears the number cannot be purchased because running back Anthony Dixon is driving a hard bargain.

On Tuesday, Dixon told reporters he likes No. 24 so much that he refused to sell it for $24,000.

“We tried to go $24K for 24, but I told him, ‘No, I’m going to keep my 24,’” he said, per CSNPhilly.com. “When he first got here, he asked me what I thought of him wearing No. 24, and I said, ‘Well, you can wear it.’ I wanted him to look good. He asked if he could wear it so he doesn’t look like a bum. Every other number was already taken.”

Dixon said he is hesitant to sell the number because he had to go through a lot of trouble to get it when he first joined the Niners four years ago. He was issued No. 33 at the time, and fullback Michael Robinson was wearing No. 24.

“I worked hard to get that number when I first got here,” Dixon said. “I worked hard to get it off somebody else. I’ve been No. 24 since high school and college.”

Considering most of us could buy a new car for $24,000, it sounds ridiculous that someone would turn down that kind of cash for a jersey number. We have heard of players trading a year’s supply of diapers for a jersey number, but apparently Dixon is a tough man to negotiate with. Although, he did say he is “not ready to sell, yet.” Maybe “yet” means Asomugha is going to have to offer the type of money Darrelle Revis offered in Tampa Bay in order to reach a deal.

H/T Eye on Football

Nnamdi Asomugha married actress Kerry Washington

Nnamdi Asomugha Kerry Washington

Nnamdi Asomugha may struggle to cover top receivers in the NFL these days, but the man sure excels at covering up details concerning his personal life. Asomugha managed to keep it under wraps that he was dating Kerry Washington for the past year, and the two even kept news of their June wedding private — until now.

E! reported on Wednesday that Asomugha and Washington got married in Idaho in June. The network even obtained a copy of the marriage license, which shows the date of the union as June 24.

Asomugha, who spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, is entering his 10th season in the NFL. He signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers in April and is no lock to make the club. Washington starred in “Django Unchained” and is known for her role on the TV show “Scandal.” She previously dated actor David Moscow, who played the young Josh Baskin in “Big,” for several years, and the two were even engaged before breaking up in 2007.

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Jeremy Maclin hurt his groin when Nnamdi Asomugha jumped on him after touchdown

Jeremy Maclin Nnamdi Asomugha groin

Jeremy Maclin was listed as limited with a groin injury on Monday after hurting it following the Philadelphia Eagles’ comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and now we know the cause of the injury.

Per Tim McManus, Maclin told reporters on Tuesday that his groin was hurt when cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha jumped on him to celebrate the winning touchdown he caught on the final play of the game.

As many have quipped, the injury was Asomugha’s first hard hit of the season.

The injury won’t keep Maclin out of the Eagles’ Thursday game against the Bengals, but it does make for a funny story. And, sadly, injuries during celebrations occur far more often than you’d think. Here’s a list of many of them.

Helmet smack to Crossing Broad

Antonio Cromartie: I’m a Better Playmaker than Nnamdi Asomugha

Come week 15, the Jets and Eagles will square off in a game that will feature two of the NFL’s best cornerbacks on the same field. In fact, every game that the Eagles play this season will feature two of the game’s best corners — Nnamdi Asomugha and Asante Samuel. As we all know, Antonio Cromartie believes he belongs in that discussion as well.

When the Raiders released Asomugha from his contract this past off-season, he immediately became the biggest name on the free agent market.  Rex Ryan and the Jets wanted him so badly that they even had Adam Sandler attempt to recruit him.  Cro was the backup plan — an expensive four-year, $32 million backup plan, but a backup plan nonetheless.  Still, Cromartie believes he is better at making plays than Asomugha.

“My style of play and his style of play are totally different,” Cromartie told Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “I feel I’m more of a playmaker than he is.”

Antonio is taller and longer which may allow him to make some plays that Asomugha could not make, but most of the plays Cro makes are negated by how frequently he finds himself out of position.  The Raiders were said to have made a strong play for Cromartie this off-season, but who haven’t they made a strong play for?  Cromartie intercepted Luke McCown twice last weekend, but as Shutdown Corner pointed out that is nothing to be proud of. If calling himself better than Asomugha at something helps him sleep at night, more power to him.

Rex Ryan Supposedly Had Adam Sandler Recruit Nnamdi Asomugha to Jets

When you’re trying to land the biggest free agent on the market, you’ll go to almost any length to make it happen. For the New York Jets, that means playing the celebrity card.

NFL Network host Rich Eisen passed along a nugget Friday saying Jets coach Rex Ryan had celebrity fan Adam Sandler call free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to recruit him.

Michael Lombardi, who reported the story, says Rex was trying to beat out his twin brother Rob (now the defensive coordinator for the Cowboys) to get Asomugha.

We all know how that turned out — Asomugha chose to sign with Philly instead, inking a five-year $60 million deal including $25 million guaranteed. Guess he wasn’t a big fan of Grown Ups either.

Would Nnamdi Asomugha Make the Jets the Super Bowl Favorite?

The New York Jets dropped $24 million guaranteed to lock up receiver Santonio Holmes on a five-year deal. They have cornerback Darrelle Revis under contract for $7 million against the cap. They’ve signed Nick Mangold, Mark Sanchez, and D’Brickashaw Ferguson to big deals. Even with all the major money they’ve spent, the Jets are interested in signing the biggest free agent on the market, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

The Jets reportedly are serious about signing Asomugha. Cornerback Darrelle Revis wants to see it happen. Rex Ryan has emphasized the importance of having top-flight corners on his team. About the only obstacle is seeing whether the Jets can fit Asomugha under the salary cap. Given GM Mike Tannenbaum’s creativity, that seems doable.

So if the Jets sign Nnamdi Asomugha, would he make them the Super Bowl favorite? I have to say yes. Darrelle Revis already takes the opposing team’s best receiver out of the game. Asomugha does the same thing. It would be extremely difficult to pass against the Jets in this scenario, and with those two men manning the corners, they could stack the box and make it difficult to run.

The Jets are already one of the top defensive teams in the NFL, but with Nnamdi they would be THE best defensive team. They may not be able to afford Braylon Edwards under these circumstances and that would weaken their offense. Regardless, if the Jets are holding teams to under 10 points per game, they’ll win most of the time.

There are some moves worth making because they can put you over the top. This is one of them. The Jets would have very little flexibility to add anyone else if they sign Asomugha, but it would be worth it. How would you be able to score against the Jets if they added him?

Did Rex Ryan, Jets Tamper With Nnamdi Asomugha?

With the obscure news surfacing that Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract with the Oakland Raiders has been voided because of a failure to reach incentives, a lot of talk is springing up about a possible Darrelle Revis-Asomugha cornerback duo in New York next season.  That would obviously be a deadly combination and create one of the most prolific cornerback tandems of all time if it happened.  If that’s all you’re thinking about, you’re missing the big picture.

The thought of Revis and Asomugha playing together has become a topic because of comments Nnamdi made following the Pro Bowl last season.  ESPN’s Tim Graham caught up with the Raiders’ franchise corner following that game, and here’s what he had to say about the potential of playing alongside Revis.

Oakland Raiders star Asomugha was smiling when he brought up the dream scenario, but insisted he was “dead serious” and has spoken to New York Jets coach Rex Ryan about it.

“Me and Revis have been talking to Rex to try to do something,” Asomugha said. “You may see us in the future. There’s a little bit of talk going on. Either he’s coming to Oakland or something else will happen.”

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