Posted March 12, 2013

Nnamdi Asomugha released by Eagles

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Nnamdi Asomugha was released by the Eagles on Tuesday. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Nnamdi Asomugha was released by the Eagles on Tuesday. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, according to the team’s official Twitter feed.

The news was officially announced Tuesday afternoon. It comes as a reversal to reports the team gave earlier in March that Asomugha, who is set to make $15 million next season, would not be released by the team.

He signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2011 and reports after this season began to surface that he would be released unless he was willing to restructure his contract. At the time of his signing, Asomugha had been to the Pro Bowl three straight years as a member of the Oakland Raiders.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Asomugha had been having discussions with the Eagles over a new contract but those talks broke down on Tuesday, and the team released him shortly after:

Asomugha and the Eagles spent recent days seeing if a restructured deal made sense for each side. But after discussions that started at the combine in Indianapolis and ended Tuesday, neither could bridge their differences.

In his two seasons with Philadelphia, the team went 8-8 and 4-12, respectively, and Andy Reid, then the head coach of the team, was let go after last season wrapped up.

Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman spoke highly of Asomugha at a press conference Tuesday afternoon, saying the cornerback has been a “true pro on and off the field” and added that the entire Eagles organization wishes him the best as he enters free agency:

“[Nnamdi Asomugha] has been a true pro on and off the field for this organization and our community. We wish [Asomugha] all the best as he continues his NFL career.”


10 comments
pandah462
pandah462

What about his cameo on Kroll Show?  Does this count for nothing?!?!

KevenYan
KevenYan

niners, plz swoop in and pick up this dude.

OwG
OwG

lulz

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

Well now he has a real reason to sit in his car and eat lunch alone.

barrytlyons
barrytlyons

Nnamdi just got...NNAMDI'D....Kroll Show.

FanJab
FanJab

Huge bust. Never fit in in Philly, and whoever gets him next should draw up the contact with caution.

JackWilliams
JackWilliams

The high point of the last two seasons for the Jets happened when this fraud didn't sign with them.