In an announcement on Mar. 12, the Philadelphia Eagles release cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha, according to the report by ESPN New York. Asomugha started his NFL career as a first round draft with the Oakland Raiders and was picked-up by the Eagles in Jul. 2011. Asomugha signed a five-year, $60 million deal, with a $25 million guarantee stipulated.
Eagles General Manger Howie Roseman, said that Asomugha took the bad news "with a lot of class." Roseman and Eagles coach, Chip Kelly met with Asomugha at the NFL Combine for discussions related to a new strategy and direction that the Eagles' leadership has designed for the team in the next season. One crucial topic in the discussion involved Asomugha contract payout and revisions to the offer made to Asomugha back in Jul. 2011.
Reportedly, neither side could bridge their differences. Asomugha was scheduled to make $15 million in 2013, $4 million guaranteed. Although the Eagles GM, Roseman spoke very highly of Asomugha as an individual. "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."
The unfortunate reality is Asomugha's performance with the Eagles is said to be a "disappointment." ESPN New York reports, "The three-time Pro Bowler with the Raiders from 2003-10, Asomugha has been a major disappointment with the Eagles since signing a five-year, $60 million contract in 2011.
For Asomugha now, after being highly sought-after in the 2011 free agency off-season, the 31-year-old is in the market for a new team assignment.