It’s finally official. The Philadelphia Eagles will take the $4 million salary cap hit and release Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha just in time for the NFL Free Agency period to begin. Asomugha was signed by the Eagles before the 2011 season was to begin in July to a 5-year, $60 million contract. He was regarded as one of the best if not the best cornerback in the NFL coming off his stint in Oakland. Very quickly it was obvious that either the scheme the Eagles former Head Coach Andy Reid and former defensive coordinator Juan Castillo had installed did not fit his strengths.
The former first round pick of the Raiders was a 3 time Pro Bowler (2008-2010) and had 8 interceptions in 2006 and was rarely thrown against after that season. He defended 33 passes in 2005 & 2006 and saw his opportunities to defend passes dry up. Nnamdi was part of a chaotic free agent period after the NFL Lockout was lifted and the Eagles were a surprise team to sign him as he was rumored to end up with either the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Jets.
The 31-year-old will look to prove his time with the Eagles was a fluke and should command still a decent salary but the Eagles decision shows they are moving forward with their team.Tags: free agency, NFL, Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles, release