Earlier today, Howard Eskin of Fox 29 tweeted that the Eagles would release Asomugha at some point on Tuesday, but it has since been announced that Asomugha will remain in Philly, at least for today. The 10-year vet is set to make up to $15 million next season on his 5-year, $60 million contract, but the Eagles will only owe Asomugha $4 million if they do decide to ax him.
Even though he dodged the bullet of unemployment today, I still expect the Eagles to give Asomugha his walking papers shortly, as a restructured deal seems very unlikely and there is no way that the Eagles are going to cough up the money currently owed on the cornerback’s monstrous contract.
Asomugha experienced an epic deflation in production and overall athletic ability over the past two seasons, after he was regarded as the league’s best cornerback in 2010.
The release of Asomugha would not be a massive sacrifice for the Eagles’ cornerbacking corps, as they will likely re-sign young stud CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and they also have CB Brandon Boykin, who showed great promise in coverage and kick returning duties last season, in what was his rookie year.
New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis, who has largely been considered the NFL’s other elite cornerback over the past few years, will likely find a new home in 2013 as well, as the Jets are expected to trade the three-time All-Pro during the 2013 off-season.
Whether it be with the Eagles or another suitor, I look for Asomugha to experience a significant rebirth in 2013, as I feel like it is too early to believe that the vet has exerted his last ounce of greatness.
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