The Nnamdi Asomugha saga has taken another turn. After being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, Asomugha has landed with the San Francisco 49ers, as the two sides have reached a 1-year deal that could pay Asomugha up to $3 million if he outperforms the initial $1.35 million value of the deal. It’s a pay cut, but Asomugha has likely set himself up in the best place to succeed that he could have.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 2, 2013
With the Eagles, Asomugha didn’t mesh with the defensive schemes they were running. But with the Niners, Asomugha may not only fit better but can serve as veteran voice in the locker room to help lead a young team in the right direction. He also has himself set up nicely to finally compete for a Super Bowl, as he’s landed on perhaps the best defensive unit in the NFL.
Asomugha is expected to compete with Carlos Rogers for a starting spot, a large reason being Rogers $5.5 million salary. Asomugha is a classic low risk, high reward signing as if he is just an average player in 2013, the Niners pay no more than $1.35 million. But the incentive to get his salary up to $3 million is a brilliant move by the Niners that lights a fire under Asomugha to not only prove the critics wrong but to earn even more money.