In a move that can only be categorized as expected, the Eagles have announced the team has parted ways with former All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
Asomugha was an unmitigated disaster in Philadelphia, following a disappointing 2011 campaign with a disastrous 2012 season. Whether it was schematic issues or just a true physical inability to cover opposing wide receivers, the former Oakland standout was often targeted and repeatedly abused by opposing offenses.
Asomugha came to Philadelphia in July of 2011 when the team swooped in and landed the much heralded defensive back, signing him a five-year, $60 million deal. A once heralded move, it was one instead symbolic of the Eagles’ complete collapse over the past two seasons.
Once upon a time, Asomugha was a highly regarded talent, ranked by fellow players as the 18th best player in all of football in an NFL Network special that aired prior to the 2011 season.
The Eagles confirmed the move via a statement:
“Coach Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class,” general manager Howie Roseman said. “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.”
The Eagles free up nearly $11 million in cap space for next season by cutting Asomugha, but are still on the hook for a $4 million cap hit.
With the Eagles also expected to let last season’s other starting corner, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, walk during free agency, Howie Roseman and the rest of the Eagles brass will have to aggressively rebuild what is now a depleted secondary.