Oct 26, 2014; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Atlanta Falcons tackle Jon Asamoah (75) defends against Detroit Lions defensive tackle Darryl Tapp (52) and linebacker Tahir Whitehead (58) in the NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
New Team: Atlanta Falcons
Contract: 5 years, $22.5 million
Here’s where things start to get a little dicey with the free agent losses. Asamoah joined Tyson Jackson in reuniting with former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli in Atlanta. He received a very nice pay day to play right guard and he did pretty well. PFF grades Asamoah’s season +3.4 overall with most of that coming in the form of a +3.3 pass blocking grade.
There are a couple of things to consider with Asamoah. First, a +3.4 overall grade at a little over $4 million per season is a little less than desirable. Of course, the Chiefs had Mike McGlynn and a rookie playing guard for them this season so we’d definitely take the +3.4. But the cost has to be considered when looking at Asamoah’s season.
The other thing to note here is Asamoah lost his starting job to Geoff Schwartz in the final month of the season. It was clear Asamoah, while talented, was not a fit for what the Chiefs were trying to do on offense. Reid’s scheme asks his linemen to be both very athletic and versatile, two things that don’t exactly describe Asamoah’s strengths.
Yes, Asamoah would have been an upgrade from what the Chiefs had in 2014 but the long-term cost would have caught up with them. It is clear he wasn’t a fit for the Chiefs’ offensive scheme and Dorsey did the right thing for both the team and Asamoah by moving on. Short-term pain, long-term gain was the situation behind letting Asamoah walk.
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