In July of 2011, the Philadelphia Eagles made a major splash in free agency when they signed former Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a 5-year, $60 million deal. Now, two seasons later, the two sides are expected to part ways before the start the start of the new league year. The relationship between the Eagles and Asomugha could end as soon as today.
Per Howard Eskin:
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) March 6, 2013
Asomugha was set to make too much money for a player that has not proved to be a good fit for the system in Philadelphia.
When he was with Oakland, Asomugha was often lined up on an island in man-to-man coverage with no help over the top. In Philadelphia, the man who was nicknamed “Scrabble” was forced to play in more zone coverage which did not allow him to excel with his skillset.
It will be interesting to see how many teams would be willing to bring in Asomugha, who will turn 32-years-old before the start of the season. The amount of interest he generates will likely depend on the amount of money he seeks.
After his time in Philly, he should be humbled and not be looking for a major deal.
What teams do you think would be a good fit for the man who was considered the best cornerback in the league just two years ago?
UPDATE: In an interesting twist that shows just how quickly the rumor mill turns during and leading up to the NFL free agency period, the Eagles have already denied those reports and said Asomugha will not be released today.