In July 2011, the Philadelphia Eagles and shut-down 30 year-old cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha agreed to a five-year/ $60 MM deal, with $25 MM guaranteed. In December 2013, with one week remaining in the regular season, Nnamdi Asomugha is set to officially announce his retirement from the league, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Raiders announced their former CB Nnamdi Asomugha will announce his retirement at the team’s headquarters Friday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 27, 2013
In many ways, the signing of Asomugha, represented the downfall of the Andy Reid era. After falling to the Packers in the wild-card round of the 2010 NFL playoffs, the Eagles added Asomugha, among others, as part of a off-season spending splurge. With the additions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jason Babin, Ronnie Brown, Vince Young, Cullen Jenkins, and Asomugha, the Eagles went from being considered one of the better teams in the NFC, to being considered one of the NFL’s elite teams, heading into the 2011 season. Young even infamously said the Eagles looked like “a dream team”. Not only did the Eagles not live up to that billing, but Asomugha turned out to be one of the worst free-agent signings in NFL history.
In just two years with the team, Asomugha’s in-ability to move from man-to-man coverage, into defensive coordinator Juan Castillo’s zone scheme, caused his downfall. Asomugha also left his tackling-ability in Oakland.
One could say that Asomugha wasn’t put in a proper position to be successful, but even when Castillo was replaced by Todd Bowles, who did run a majority of man coverage plays, Asomugha never was able to return to the form that landed him one of the biggest contract’s in league history. One couldn’t blame Todd Bowles for Asomugha’s struggles, because Cardinals corner-back Patrick Peterson is thriving in Bowles system now. Sure Peterson doesn’t have Kurt Coleman around him, but when you pay a free-agent $60 MM, you kind of expect that they will mask some of the defensive holes that you have.
Even after being released by the Eagles after a four-win season in 2012, and signing a one-year deal with the 49ers, Asomugha couldn’t manage to redeem himself. Asomugha appeared in just three of the 49ers first eight games, before being released by the ‘Niners in November.
It was a sad ending for a guy that appeared to be one of the most like-able guys in the league. Then again, he walks away with $25 MM for basically doing nothing for three years, so it’s tough for me to feel too bad for him.
Anyways, at least Nnamdi can eat lunch in his car by himself without it being a news story now, right?