PFT: Asomugha likely 'too expensive' for Lions

July 12, 2011, 5:28 pm
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July 12, 2011RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEOGregg Rosenthal

The Lions were very aggressive last free agent period, having targeted Kyle Vanden Bosch and Nate Burleson as players they wanted to sign right away.

That aggressiveness and their need at cornerback has led to some Nnamdi Asomugha speculation, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press quotes a source that says Asomugha will be too expensive to go after.

Detroit could be reasonably close to a 120 million salary cap, although there are a lot of moves that could be made to make room. Birkett writes the team would still like to go after a No. 1 cornerback like Johnathan Joseph, Antonio Cromartie, or Ike Taylor if the price is right.

According to Brian McIntyre of, the Lions have about 112 million currently committed, and the salary cap might be around 120 million. They could pursue a veteran such as Drayton Florence as an alternative, and they're interested in re-signing free agent Chris Houston, who turned down a contract before the lockout started and since has switched agents.