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Nnamdi Asomugha Sweepstakes: The Taxman Cometh?

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A few minutes ago, Michael Lombardi tweeted that the Houston Texans has moved into the lead in the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes at this point. That was followed by MM tweeting one advantage for Houston is that there is no state income tax in Texas. According to Lombardi, the money will be in the $12M-$14M range. For informational purposes, California's 2011 personal income tax rate on salaries of greater than $1M was 10.3%. One other note was a mention on Twitter that property taxes are much worse in Texas than they are in California. So there's that.

I'm certainly not saying Nnamdi will make his choice based on paying less in income tax. And he could probably set up some shelters to minimize the amount of California taxes he'd pay if he were to sign with the 49ers. I just think it adds one more layer to the discussion. We always talk about how players are looking to play for winners and/or are looking for a good-sized contract with some security.

However, there are issues beyond that including everything from taxes to where your kids are in school to where you have ties. For Nnamdi, he's been in the Bay Area since college and has developed a lot of ties to the community through charity. Maybe that means nothing when it comes to his new contract, maybe it means everything. At this point we haven't heard much of anything from the horse's mouth on this topic so it's all speculation at this point. But there are outside factors that are worth considering in this whole situation.