After Nnamdi Asomugha’s second straight miserable season in 2012, the Philadelphia Eagles made it clear that they would not be paying him the $15 million owed to the cornerback next year.
Well, in the moments approaching the start of 2013 NFL Free Agency, insider Adam Schefter has reported that the Eagles will release Asomugha today. Instead of the $15 million originally owed on his now defunct contract, the Eagles will now only have to toss $4 million Asomugha’s way.
The Eagles originally said that they would be open to negotiating a restructured contract with Asomugha, which obviously would have included a massive pay-cut, but the likelihood of the 10th year cornerback crafting a new deal with the Eagles was highly questionable from the start.
Asomugha has way too big of an ego to accept that his skill-level is currently in the middle of a catastrophic decline. But in reality, that may be the best mindset for Asomugha if he wants to get his career back on track.
After three consecutive All-Pro, as well as Pro Bowl, seasons, Asomugha came to the Eagles before the 2011 season with hopes of becoming the face of the Eagles franchise. At that time, Asomugha was largely regarded as the NFL’s premiere cornerback.
But after two consecutive awful campaigns in Philly, Asomugha will be rocking another uniform when the 2013 season kicks off. There are a plethora of NFL teams, like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins, that could use the services of a veteran cornerback like Asomugha, but he will certainly see a significant salary reduction.
I sincerely doubt that Asomugha’s time as a superior professional cornerback is completely in the past, but if he lays another egg with the next team that believes him in, he will likely never get another chance.
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