NFL.com reported on Tuesday that the Philadelphia Eagles have released another player from their defense. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was let go by the Eagles after two disappointing seasons with the team.
Just two years ago Asomugha was one of the prize free-agents leading the Oakland Raiders as one of the top cornerbacks in the game. The 31-year old chose Philadelphia and was part of a team nicknamed "the dream team". But the team was a disappointment.
With new head coach Chip Kelly changes were imminent. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman released the following statement:
"Coach Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class. 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."
Asomugha was scheduled to coast the team $15 million next season and still will cost the team $4 million against the salary cap in 2013. But with a chance to start over and rebuild a defense that was 24th in the NFL last season, the Eagles felt best to part ways with the onetime shutdown corner who is now available for other teams to take a chance on.
One team that can possibly be a good fit and hopefully a place where Asomugha can reemerge is the New England Patriots who are in need of a veteran cornerback. Perhaps under Bill Belichick could Asomugha rediscover his instinct for making big plays.