Nnamdi Asomugha and the San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a one-year contract with a base package of $1.35 million with the potential to make as much as $3 million. The caveat to earning the money is based on Asomough making the team. The former All-Pro cornerback was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason. Asomugha had signed a five-year contract with the Eagles in 2011 for $60 million with $25 million guaranteed. The Eagles organization is still responsible for $4 million for the 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds cornerback.
Asomugha was drafted 31st in the first round by the Oakland Raiders where he played for eight seasons and appeared in three Pro Bowls until being signed by the Eagles as a free-agent. In 2012 Asomugha had the worst season of his career where he ranked 64th of 71 cornerbacks and averaged 120.6 in passer rating against cornerbacks, which was the third highest only behind A.J. Jefferson (Vikings) at 124.2 and Marcus Gilchrist (Chargers) with 126.1.
Despite the contract has no guaranteed money from the 49ers. Asomugha’s representative Ben Dogra said”
“He’s excited to be a 49er and feels it’s a great football team, and he’s returning home. He wants to show everybody it’s not about the money for him. He wants to prove something. He could have walked away and retired. He wants to play for a winner. He’s inspired. He wants to be part of a great team and take care of unfinished business from last year. He wants to end this on his terms. Hopefully, he can get a ring and stay happy.”
The 49ers are looking to strengthen up their defense even more especially at the cornerback position and make another great run to the Super Bowl. Asomugha will have to come in and prove himself immediately to the NFC Champion 49er’s. Asomugha speaking on his stint with the Eagles said:
“I think there were a number of reasons that you could point to, but ultimately it didn’t work out.”
Asomugha also said:
“The bottom line was it didn’t work out. I tried my hardest for it to work out, and I believed all the way up to the end that it was going to work out. I wanted it to work out so badly. I wanted to win in Philadelphia. I wanted to be great in Philadelphia. I wanted everything to work out. Sometimes it doesn’t work out that way, and I think the more level-headed during those difficult moments helps you bounce back. I think I’ve been pretty level-headed with it.”
Will Nnamdi Asomugha make the 49er's and make an impact?
- No (75%, 3 Votes)
- Yes (25%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 4