In a move that’s been speculated about for months now, Nnamdi Asomugha is set to be released by the San Francisco 49ers. The move will reportedly take place once the team activates cornerback Eric Wright. Asomugha was once a highly sought after free agent a couple years back. But after two terrible seasons in Philadelphia, his stock plummeted to the point where he became somewhat of a long-shot to make the 49ers’ final roster.
Obviously, Asomugha made the final cut in August. But now with all the returning players the 49ers have on their hands, he’s set to become a roster casualty. Thus far in 2013, the veteran CB has started one game and recorded just two tackles.
As for Wright, he presumably will make his season debut this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Wright was originally placed on the reserve/non-football injury list to start the 2013 season. This came after an unsuccessful trade attempt by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in July, in which Wright failed a physical. Once the trade was voided, he was released and the 49ers signed him to a one-year deal.
Wright has been a starter for most of his career. He spent his first four seasons in Cleveland and also a season in Detroit before landing in Tampa last season. Now with Asomugha set to be cut, the 28-year old has a chance to revive his career in San Francisco.
As for Asomugha, you’d have to think that he’ll get at least one more chance with another team before his career ends for good. If he can’t find a new team, at least he has Kerry Washington to go home to.