Eagles Make Right Move, Release Nnamdi Asomugha
Talk about something everyone knew was coming. The odds of the Philadelphia Eagles keeping Nnamdi Asomugha and his $15 million salary were roughly the same as the odds of the team keeping Michael Vick. Oh, wait, nevermind.
But yeah, the Eagles have released Nnamdi. He is getting $4 million from the Eagles this year regardless, so there was no way they would have kept him with a salary re-negotiation. They’d essentially have to pay him $4 million more than market value and that wasn’t happening for a player with declining skills and questionable desire to play the game anymore.
General manager Howie Roseman released a statement to make it sound like they’ve been wrestling with this decision for a long time. Which, umm, they haven’t.
“Coach Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class,” Roseman said. “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. We spoke to his representatives at the Combine about his future status with the team and wanted to take time to analyze and make a decision. In the end, coach and I both felt we needed to move in a different direction at the cornerback position for 2013 and beyond.”
Nnamdi is now free to pursue a life of religious fulfillment.