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Nnamdi Asomugha Must Take Pay Cut in Order to Remain with Philadelphia Eagles

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There has been great speculation regarding the possible release of CB Nnamdi Asomugha ever since the Philadelphia Eagles’ embarrassing 2012 campaign came to a screeching halt.

It is now being reported by Adam Schefter, easily the NFL’s most credible source, that the Eagles will give Asomugha the ax if he does not take a significant pay cut this off-season. Asomugha is currently set to make up to $15 million in 2013, with $4 million of which being guaranteed money.

It goes without saying that Asomugha has easily been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL over the past two years after signing a mammoth five-year, $60 million contract prior to the 2011 season.

Before jumping aboard with the Eagles, Asomugha was selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls and four All-Pro rosters in his final five years with the Oakland Raiders, where he spent eight total seasons.

So, what happened?

While Asomugha is getting up there in age, at 31, that does not excuse his massive regression considering he was regarded as the league’s best cornerback just two years ago.

I think that it is wise for the Eagles to restructure Asomugha’s deal, as opposed to releasing him, because two bad seasons is not a large enough sample size to make me believe that his glory days are really over just yet. But sadly, if Asomugha does continue to regress over the next two seasons, I will have no problem in accepting his ultimate demise.

With Eagles CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie set to become an unrestricted free agent this off-season, the Birds have another difficult choice to make in regards to their secondary.

If I were a betting man, I would wager that both Asomugha, with a pay cut, and Rodgers-Cromartie, with a new deal, will still be rocking Eagles green when the 2013 season begins.

 

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