In a transaction filled week with several players returning, the 49ers announced they have released Nnamdi Asomugha. Taking Asomugha's spot on the roster will be CB Eric Wright, who has spent the entire season on the non-football injury list thus far. The 49ers also activated WR Mario Manningham from the PUP list.
This release ends a tenure where the veteran cornerback only played in three games for the 49ers. Asomugha signed a one year, $1.35 million deal with no guaranteed money with the 49ers last spring. He initially looked like he would be the team's nickel cornerback until his knee injury in Week 3.
Tramaine Brock emerged as a more quality nickel cornerback when taking over in Week 4 against the St. Louis Rams. He helped assist one interception in Week 4 and had two interceptions of his own in Week 5 which separated himself from the competition. Asomugha remained inactive in the last five 49ers games.
Asomugha will go on waivers and if he goes unclaimed, the 49ers will pay the remainder of his salary for the 2013 season. The 11-year veteran is best known for his eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders where he was a four-time All-Pro cornerback. He then signed a huge deal with the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2011 offseason, only to be released after two dismal years.
Meanwhile, Wright will provide competition to be a reserve cornerback joining the mix of Brock and Perrish Cox. The 49ers initially traded a late round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for Wright. That trade was rescinded after he failed a physical. The 49ers signed Wright in August and placed him on the non-football injury list.
Manningham will provide another threat for the 49ers decimated WR core. The 49ers have lacked a deep threat and secondary target at the WR position behind Anquan Boldin. In addition to Manningham coming back, Michael Crabtree is projected to return in late November.