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Thursday
Dec262013

Nnamdi Asomugha Retiring at Age 32

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- Three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will retire Friday.

The 32-year-old will sign a one-day contract with the Oakland Raiders Friday, the team he had most of his NFLsuccess with, and then will make the official announcement at the team's headquarters.

Asomugha spent his first eight-seasons as a member of the Raiders, compiling 271 tackles, 62 passes defended and 11 interceptions while being named a first-team All-Pro twice (2008, 2010).

After the 2010 season, Asomugha signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Asomugha struggled to find his Pro Bowl form in Philadelphia and was released after two seasons.

He played three games for the San Francisco 49ers this season before being cut last month.

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Tuesday
Nov052013

49ers Place Nnamdi Asomugha on Waivers 

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- The San Francisco 49ers placed cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on waivers Monday after activating Eric Wright and receiver Mario Manningham.

Asomugha was once considered one of the top defensive backs in the NFL.  He signed with the 49ers during the offseason, but hasn't played since Sept. 22 and has only recorded two tackles this season.

The 32-year-old Asomugha was released by the Philadelphia Eagles during the offseason just two years after signing a five-year contract worth $60 million.

Wright is expected to contribute to a strong secondary which has played well during the team's five-game winning streak.  The 49ers face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

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Thursday
Sep262013

NFL Preview: 49ers at Rams 

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS.) --  The San Francisco 49ers will look to get back on track Thursday night when they travel to St. Louis to face the Rams.

The 49ers (1-2) are coming off their first two-game losing streak under head coach Jim Harbaugh.  They've managed just 461 total yards and turned the ball over seven times in back-to-back losses to the Seahawks and Colts.

Colin Kaepernick has thrown for just 277 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions in the past two games, a far cry from the stellar numbers he put up during his rookie campaign.  He will face a Rams defense that yielded 31 points to the Cowboys in Week 3.

The Rams (1-2) may catch a break Thursday night, facing a 49er defense that is already without linebacker Aldon Smith.  Smith was placed on the reserve non-football injury list Monday as he enters rehab for substance abuse.  The 49ers may also be without fellow linebacker Patrick Willis and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who are both nursing leg injuries.

"All you have to do is put on a series here or a series there of our matchup last year, either one of the two games against the 49ers, and we'll have their attention," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said.

Kickoff is set for 8:25 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Apr032013

Nnamdi Asomugha Agrees to Join 49ers

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) --Nnamdi Asomugha is headed back to the bay area.

The 31-year-old Asomugha has agreed to a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers that is worth up to $3 million.

Asomugha played his first eight-seasons in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders where he was a three-time Pro Bowler. In 2011 he signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was deemed a disappointment, eventually leading to his release this offseason.

While Asomugha has played almost his entire NFL career at cornerback, it is conceivable he'll be moved to safety. The Niners lost Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason and need to replace him.

Asomugha played safety for most of his college career at California.

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Wednesday
Mar132013

Asomugha Released by Eagles

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nnamdi Asmoghua's time in Philadelphia has come to an end.

The Philadelphia Eagles cut the the former Pro Bowl cornerback Tuesday, after what many considered a disappointing two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love.

"Coach (Chip) Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a statement. "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 (Scouting) 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."

Asmoghua signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Eagles in 2011. During his two seasons with the team, the Eagles went 12-20.

Asmoghua would have made $15 million this season. He will still cost the Eagles $4 million against their salary cap in 2013.

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Friday
Feb222013

Sources: Eagles Ask Asomugha To Restructure Contract 

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) --  According to NFL sources. the Philadelphia Eagles have asked cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to restructure his current contract or he will be released by the team.

The 31-year-old cornerback is scheduled to make $15 million in 2013 with $4 million guaranteed.

Asomugha spent 2003-2010 as a member of the Oakland Raiders, being selected to three Pro Bowls in that timespan.  He has been a disappointment since signing a five-year deal worth $60 million with the Eagles in 2011.

The Eagles have gone 8-8 and 4-12 in Asomugha's first two seasons with the team.

Asomugha and the Eagles are expected to meet in Indianapolis at the scouting combine to discuss his contract.

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Wednesday
Apr252012

Falcons Acquire Cornerback Asante Samuel, Agree On New Contract

Jim McIsaac/Ge​tty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Eagles had a surplus of cornerbacks and the Atlanta Falcons needed to upgrade their secondary, so the two were a match made in football heaven. According to ESPN, the Eagles have shipped cornerback Asante Samuel to the Falcons in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.

As part of the trade, Samuel has restructured his contract, agreeing to a three-year, $18.5 million deal with Atlanta. Samuel was originally set to earn $9.9 million in 2012 and $11.4 million in 2013.

Samuel is one of league's premier "ball hawks," racking up 45 interceptions during his nine-year career with the Eagles as well as the New England Patriots. He is a four-time Pro Bowler who will team with fellow cornerback Brent Grimes, significantly improving the Falcons secondary.

The Eagles already have cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie, so Samuel, along with his high salary, became expendable.

Last season, the Falcons ranked 20th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game.

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Friday
Nov252011

Eagles' Vick/Asomugha Unlikely To Play Sunday

Rich Schultz /Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- It is looking more and more likely that the Philadelphia Eagles will be without two of their best weapons on offense and defense this Sunday against the New England Patriots.

 Quarterback Michael Vick continued his week-long trend by not practicing today, making his playing status very much in doubt. Vick has been dealing with broken ribs since the team's loss to the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago. Vick missed the team's game last week against the New York Giants, and will likely miss the team's game this Sunday.

 Meanwhile, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is also expected to miss the game with a knee injury. If Asomugha misses only one game, it will mean a huge sigh of relief for the Eagles. Yesterday, Asomugha was carted off the field during the team's practice after hurting his knee in a non-contact situation.

 The fear originally was that Asomugha suffered a serious knee injury that would threaten the rest of his season. As it turns out, the injury was not as serious as suspected. Asomugha suffered a hyper extended knee which shouldn't threaten his playing status for the rest of the season.

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Thursday
Nov242011

Eagles' Asomugha Carted Off Field During Practice with Knee Injury

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Just when it looked like things could be looking up for the Philadelphia Eagles, they saw one of their star players go down with an injury heading into a critical game. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was carted off the practice field after suffering an injury to his left knee during practice Thursday.

"It's painful to see," Eagles safety Kurt Coleman told csnphilly.com. "You never want to see a teammate go down, especially when it's your lower body. But hopefully he'll be back soon."

While the injury is not believed to be as serious as some previously thought, Asomugha's status for the Eagles' game Sunday against the New England Patriots is unknown as of now.

The 30-year old Asomugha was the prized free agent signing by the team in the offseason. He signed a five-year, $60 million contract during the summer.

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Thursday
Oct272011

Asante Samuel Criticizes Eagles Front Office

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- During the NFL's trade deadline, the Philadelphia Eagles tried to see what they could get in a trade for Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel. Apparently, that didn't sit too well with Samuel.

"Couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares. They've probably never played football," Samuel said on Wednesday. "It's a business and they run it like a business and they're going to do what they need to do. They're playing with a lot of money, playing fantasy football, doing their thing."

Samuel was referring to the free agent splurge the team made over the off-season in which they acquired numerous players, including the singing of free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and trading for fellow cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Arizona Cardinals. Samuel's name has been the subject of trade rumors even since the Eagles acquired the two other cornerbacks.

Despite his criticism, Samuel later backed off of his comments and claims there is no longer any problem between he and the Eagles' front office.

Since 2006, Samuel's 37 interceptions lead the NFL. He is in the fourth year of a six-year, $57 million contract he signed with Philadelphia in 2008.

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