The Philadelphia Eagles parted ways with cornerback Nnadmi Asomugha just before
the start of Tuesday's free agency period, putting an end to the once-coveted
cover man's disappointing two-year tenure with the team.
The Eagles signed Asomugha, widely considered to be the prize of the 2011
free-agent class, to a lucrative five-year, $60-million pact shortly after the
lockout, but the four-time All-Pro generally failed to meet expectations over
his two seasons and was scheduled to earn $15 million in 2013.
Philadelphia will still owe Asomugha, who had been among the league's elite
corners during his eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders, $4 million for this
coming season, but weren't able to reach an agreement with the 31-year-old on a
"We spoke to his representatives at the Combine about his future status with
the team and wanted to take time to analyze and make a decision," Eagles general
manager Howie Roseman said in a statement. "In the end, Coach [Chip Kelly] and I
both felt we needed to move in a different direction at the cornerback position
for 2013 and beyond."
Asomugha played in all 32 games with the Eagles over the past two seasons,
recording a total of four interceptions and 17 passes defensed, but was one of
the prime culprits in a shoddy secondary that permitted a league-high 33
touchdowns through the air during Philadelphia's rough 4-12 campaign of 2012.
"Coach Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took
the news with a lot of class," said Roseman. "We expected nothing less than that
from him. He has been a true pro on and off the field for this organization and
our community, and we wish him all the best as he continues his NFL career."
A first-round draft choice of Oakland in 2003, Asomugha went to three
straight Pro Bowls with the Raiders from 2008-10 prior to joining the
Asomugha released his own statement later in the day which read:
"I’m very grateful for my time in Philadelphia and I want to thank
the Eagles organization for the opportunity to play here. It was an
honor to play in such a great football city with such a passionate fan
base, and I wish my former teammates and coaches the best next season."