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July 30, 2011

Rob Ryan said the phone call was not about Nnamdi Asomugha and he never expected to get him

One day after all the hubbub about the Cowboys' pursuit of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said it was much ado about nothing.

Ryan said the much-tweeted about phone call during practice that resulted in a fist pump by owner Jerry Jones and his son Stephen was not about the cornerback at all.

"The chase wasn’t as real as apparently people made it out to be," Ryan said. "I'm not supposed to be reading the papers, but hell I read em'. That wasn’t the deal. A lot of [those] calls were trying to get [Marcus] Spears and somebody else’s agent. Man, there were a lot of phone calls to Nnamdi, but nah, it wasn't really true."

And while Jones admits the Cowboys did indeed pursue Asomugha, Ryan said he never planned on having him.

"Actually I love Nnamdi, probably my most favorite player I ever coached," Ryan said after Saturday's walkthrough. "I wasn’t ever planning on having Nnamdi Asomugha."

 

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