Eagles Release Nnamdi Asomugha

Philadelphia Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha.The Eagles will officially release cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha today.

“Coach Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman in a team statement. “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. 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. In the end, Coach and I both felt we needed to move in a different direction at the cornerback position for 2013 and beyond.”

Billed as the second best cover corner in the league behind Darrelle Revis, the Eagles made the splash of the  2011 offseason by locking Asomugha up to a surprise five-year, $60 million contract. His two seasons in Philadelphia were highly disappointing, and the contract soon became out of whack comparative to production.

In the regular-season finale against the Giants, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles ended up pulling Asomugha from the game in the second half.

The 31-year-old was slated to make $15 million this season —  $4 million of which is guaranteed, meaning the Eagles will have to eat that amount. There was some talk of trying to restructure the deal, but the Eagles ultimately opted to let him go.

With the departure of the much-hyped cornerback comes the end of the “Dream Team” experiment that fell flat. The Eagles threw haymaker after haymaker in the post-lockout summer of ’11,  signing Asomugha, Cullen JenkinsJason Babin, Vince Young, Ronnie Brown, Steve Smith and dealing for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in a trade.

After 12 wins in two seasons, none of those players are currently under contract with the Eagles.

As for the Birds’ cornerback situation, look for them to address the secondary in free agency (potential targets here). Alabama’s Dee Milliner could be an option with the No. 4 pick, or the Eagles could address cornerback in the second or third round of the draft.

Sheil Kapadia contributed to this post.

Around The Web

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.

  • professor619

    wow… not surprising at all but now we have no starting corner… come on man

    • jubjub

      we haven’t had a starting corner for 2 years

      • professor619

        this is true… well I meant a true starting corner but hey… at least DRC actually played alright last year… not bad but not good either just alright

        • jubjub

          the gold standard ;)

        • MAC

          DRC played alright? Did you watch his tackling and effort? In a contract year no less. Someone will pay him and will regret it if the deal is more than a 1 yr prove it deal.

          • professor619

            why do you think I said he was alright… like I said earlier he played good this year and he played awful this year… thus alright… by no means am I saying anything negative about him… but then again I do remember reading an article about DRC where he did say he got bored on the field but that was when he was with the cards… maybe that same thing happened to him here also… who knows

  • PLEASE keep in mind that it was *Vince Young* that made the ridiculous “Dream Team” comment. Nobody of true consequence spouted that, yet Eagles fan after Eagles fan has had to defend that dumb comment.

    • Bart

      Don’t forget MV’s comment of the making of a dynasty last year. I like Mike but that was stupid too, can’t believe it didn’t get thrown in our faces more than it did.

      • morgan c

        Haha, ya, that was so stupid. And then he goes out and is second in the league in turnovers… glad we re-signed such a winner! And an intelligent one at that, predicting our dynasty.

        • Bart

          Yup, hope they all just shut up and play!

        • PhEaglesPhan

          What’s stupid about it, from a third party perspective as well as many other perspectives this team looked like SB contenders on paper. It wasn’t really that far off to assume we had the pieces to be a dynasty, we just couldn’t get everyone to gel as one.

          • theycallmerob

            In recent years, Manning and Flacco were both ripped apart for declaring themselves “elite” QB’s. I agree with you; the entire quote was not absurd, just the media reaction to the “dynasty” word. I will always want a QB, or team leadership in general, to have that confidence.

          • Go birds

            Yeah so, what is your point? They both won Superbowls. Vick hasn’t won a payoff game in 7 years.

          • MAC

            Pretty sure that those 2 backed it up and Vick didn’t. That’s a big difference. Flacco and Eli both won super bowl’s after there comments. Vick was 2nd in league in turnovers.

          • PhEaglesPhan

            Your right man, Eli and Wacko for Flacco def. backed it up, but I would have loved to see the outcome if our team was firing on all cylinders. One man does not win the game nor does one man lose the game, it’s a team effort.

      • FMWarner

        To be fair, the entirety of Vick’s comment wasn’t arrogant or crazy. But people who have stories to write just pulled the word “dynasty” out of that quote and ran with it. Sure, Vick should have known that would happen, but the comment was fine.

  • JJD

    Wow I’m not surprised but he was a great player for the raiders just not the eagles type

  • DumpInDa Pant


  • Mr. Magee

    Not sure what took so long, but definitely the right move

  • Tracer Bullet

    Worst signing: Asomugha or stev smit?

    Asomugha cost a lot more but while he didn’t do anything to help win games, he didn’t do anymore to LOSE games than your average CB who can’t run and has terrible ball skills. smit was a disaster and played a direct role in losses to the Giants and Cardinals, at minimum.

    • JofreyRice

      Definitely Asomugha. When you think of cost/production and distraction factor, he’s up there with Albert Haynesworth.

      • D3Keith

        Let’s not get silly now.

        • JofreyRice

          Yeah you’re right, there was still some NFL talent in Haynesworth when he left wash. Hard to see Asomugha doing anything but acting now.

  • Matt Broad

    I’m gonna miss him.

  • Brenden Young

    Come back to oakland

  • nicksaenz1

    I was a supporter of the restructure, but he obviously felt he was worth way too much. Oh well.

  • Nnamdidnt

    Bye-bye Nnamde. I hope you end up in Dallas. Didn’t the Eagles just say they weren’t cutting Nnamdi? This had better be true this time. 4 million dollars never tasted so good. We’ll miss your half tackle a game.


    yes!!!! YES!!!! YES!!!!!! woot woot

  • DayToday

    2 former pro bowl/all pro CBs gone, yet the 2 worst safetys in the NFL are still on the roster, MINDBOGGLING

    • jubjub

      they are absolutely horrendous, but they are cheap

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    I still maintain something happened to this guy that was never reported. I just can’t see his play dropping off that much that quickly. Good to free up some money to sign someone who might be productive. I’m sure Nnamdi will have no trouble finding another team but not at those dollar figures. It’ll be interesting to see whose parking lot he’s eating his lunch in come training camp.

  • Richard Colton

    plenty of time for “me time”

  • JofreyRice

    Good. What a bust. Says a lot they are paying him 4 million dollars just to walk away.

  • WM

    Biggest FA Philly bust ever?

  • D3Keith

    Of the $4 mil guaranteed, does it come with offset language? Like if his new team pays him $2m, the Eagles only pay $2m?

    Because that pretty much ensures any deal he signs would be for at least two years and league minimum this year, and the bulk of the money guaranteed in the second year.

    I would guess his max salary this year would be $4m regardless of who pays it. Although maybe I’m misreading it, maybe someone around the league still sees him as a $6-8m a year player.