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Fully guaranteed $4 million complicates Nnamdi’s situation in Philly


Late in the 2012 season, the Eagles would have enhanced their ability to keep cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on the roster in 2013 by taking him out of the lineup.

By participating in 90 percent of the snaps on defense last season, $4 million of Asomugha’s $15 million base salary for the coming season became fully guaranteed, with no offset.

The absence of the offset means that, even if the Eagles cut Asomugha, he’ll still get $4 million from Philly in 2013.  Which, as a practical matter, means that the Eagles will need to offer at least $4 million more than another team in order to ensure that Asomugha will choose to stick around — if his decision on a destination comes solely from money.

What’s that, you say?  It’s tampering for other teams to tell Asomugha what he’d make on the open market?  It is, but it happens.   Walking around Indy for the last few days has made it clear that there’s simply no way for the NFL to prevent agents and teams from communicating in a way that leaves no evidence.

Asomugha will know what other team(s) would pay if he’s cut, and Asomugha ultimately will compare Philly’s offer to what another team would pay, plus the $4 million he’d cut from the Eagles if/when he’s cut.

As of late Friday afternoon, there had been no developments between the Eagles and Asomugha.  By Tuesday, when folks clear out of Indy, chances are there will be much more clarity about where he’ll be playing this season.

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50 Responses to “Fully guaranteed $4 million complicates Nnamdi’s situation in Philly”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Feb 23, 2013 11:53 AM

    Remember how happy they all were when they signed this bum? The last piece of the Dream Team puzzle. Superbowl trophies twinkling in their eyes. Ahhhh good times … good times.

  2. mancave001 says: Feb 23, 2013 11:57 AM

    You’d be the same way. He was a shutdown corner. He just hasn’t lived up to expectations at all. He appears to truly be done.

  3. joebloww says: Feb 23, 2013 12:06 PM

    The best way to not win a Super Bowl is to sign with the Eagles.

  4. dolphins4 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:07 PM

    He’d look good in a Cowboy uniform.

  5. packerbackernj says: Feb 23, 2013 12:08 PM

    Man, makes me chuckle thinking about how much cash he’s robbed from the eagles. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fanbase. Is Nnamdi done? Could be. Give this guy the right situation and he can be a slightly above average corner guaranteed. Some one will be willing to invest a decent chunk of change for a premier position.

  6. disulfide says: Feb 23, 2013 12:13 PM

    Just cut him already….and use the extra 11 million towards not improving the team.

  7. 6thsense79 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:20 PM

    The Eagles want to keep Nnamdi they just don’t want to honor the original contract both sides sign (to the honor your contract crowd honoring a contract goes both ways ). In anycase both sides will make a decision that’s financially advantageous to them. I can see some team willing to bring Nnamdi in for 3-5 million dollars. I can even see a team desperate enough fir corner play who feel Nnamdi played in the wrong scheme offering more.

  8. aldavisisthenfl says: Feb 23, 2013 12:22 PM

    he’ll go wherever the cash leads him……what a guy…….

    Al Davis

  9. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 23, 2013 12:25 PM


  10. dartwick says: Feb 23, 2013 12:27 PM

    You mean a normal smart guy? The type who like to be well paid to do his job?

  11. rhinojr says: Feb 23, 2013 12:30 PM

    Did Marty Hurney of the Panthers make that deal?

  12. jbcommonsense says: Feb 23, 2013 12:35 PM

    Whoa… this s what happens when a team goes crazy for Cocoa-Puffs. Test his loyalty, to restructure his contract to $5 million all guaranteed, and $2 millon more if he makes the Pro Bowl. That way you only spend an extra million if he is a stable starter, and $3 million if he returns to being a star player.

  13. 4getu says: Feb 23, 2013 12:41 PM

    Boy, seeing people type “DreamTeam” never gets old. It’s just so original and hilarious. It’s almost like nobody knows how it actually started. Keep it up though because it shows how much of a d-bag you really are when you write it

  14. upperdecker19 says: Feb 23, 2013 12:45 PM

    “Late in the 2012 season, the Eagles would have enhanced their ability to keep cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on the roster in 2013 by taking him out of the lineup.”

    A nice parting gift from Andy Reid by not benching this slug. Apparently Nnamdi is fine….he just needed to be put in a better position, coach’s responsibility, blah, blah, blah…….

  15. Simon says: Feb 23, 2013 12:56 PM

    Do you pay him the $4mil plus whatever he wants to stay or do you eat the $4mil, cut bait and move on? Sometimes you need to admit you are wrong. Move on.

  16. scrummymustard says: Feb 23, 2013 12:56 PM

    “jbcommonsense says:
    Feb 23, 2013 12:35 PM
    Whoa… this s what happens when a team goes crazy for Cocoa-Puffs. Test his loyalty, to restructure his contract to $5 million all guaranteed, and $2 millon more if he makes the Pro Bowl. That way you only spend an extra million if he is a stable starter, and $3 million if he returns to being a star player.”

    If you were Nnamdi, would you ever take this deal?? He already has $4 mil all guaranteed. He could easily get an additional 4 mil from another team in addition to the 4 he is owed from Philly.

  17. kvanhorn87 says: Feb 23, 2013 1:00 PM

    And if they benched him last 2 games, the same people plus the players association would be saying that the Eagles were breaking the “good faith” aspect of all contracts and sue for the 4 million dollar to automatically be vested.

  18. mspeechez says: Feb 23, 2013 1:13 PM

    The Patriots need help. Maybe he will go to a team that has a SB chance.

  19. canadianbucsfan says: Feb 23, 2013 1:34 PM

    dream team my a$$! I think Kelly will bring an exciting offense to philly, the eagles have a good QB situation for that offense with Vick, Foles and Dixon.. two very talented running backs also with McCoy and Bryce Brown. Get rid of Nnamdi, he was a part of that “dream team” that did nothing special, with him and babin gone, new head coach and a new mentality, the eagles should be a much improved team this upcoming season

  20. east96st says: Feb 23, 2013 1:47 PM

    “Keep it up though because it shows how much of a d-bag you really are when you write it”

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and venture a guess that if the Eagles fanbase were NOT such d-bags year after year after year, maybe, just maybe, people wouldn’t be such d-bags back.

  21. nfceastfan says: Feb 23, 2013 1:51 PM

    It’s shocking seeing fans from other teams wanting this guy. Did you see him play last year, at all?? He really is done. Nice guy, but he can’t cover anymore in any system. The Eagles change their defense 3 times, and even tried going back to what he did in Oakland to no avail. Wherever he goes I hope it’s in the NFC, and especially the NFC East. Give him a call Dallas 🙂

  22. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 23, 2013 1:52 PM


    Knowing that it makes you cry like a little girl makes everyone want to use the term “dream team” even more. Think you would figure that out by now.

    Asomugha is the poster child for the dream team. Over hyped, over paid and over rated just like the 4-12 Eagles. There I used it and it’s killing you because you know it’s the truth. Get over it.

  23. noodlecbs says: Feb 23, 2013 1:54 PM


  24. 4getu says: Feb 23, 2013 2:01 PM

    C’mon now. Is there anyone more obnoxious and annoying than a cowboy fan. Go “venture” your guesses on their articles

  25. mjkelly77 says: Feb 23, 2013 2:02 PM

    jbcommonsense says:Feb 23, 2013 12:35 PM

    … Test his loyalty, to restructure his contract to $5 million all guaranteed, and $2 millon more if he makes the Pro Bowl. That way you only spend an extra million if he is a stable starter, and $3 million if he returns to being a star player.

    Loyalty? Asomugha would have to be an idiot to agree to this. Never happen.

  26. 4getu says: Feb 23, 2013 2:04 PM

    Well no sh!t he’s overrated, most eagles fans been saying that for awhile now clown. Try to keep up, you’re embarrassing yourself.

  27. baddorange says: Feb 23, 2013 2:05 PM

    Let the Raiders get stuck with this over the hill bum

  28. ez0682 says: Feb 23, 2013 2:11 PM

    Another writer putting his make up story n predicting he will get cut. Lol he is gonna restructure his contract an stay they know they put him in really bad schemes an wrong d coordinator we now have 3 4 this year exactly whats he’s for stupids.gezzz

  29. ez0682 says: Feb 23, 2013 2:13 PM

    Besaclly he is taying end of story. Come up with a better sotry or other more important story gezzz. Can i also b a writer lol

  30. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 23, 2013 2:18 PM

    Dream Team dream, dream, dream. I’m not one to say I told you so instead I’m gonna tell you now and when I’m proven right……… yeah, I’m still gonna say it. Chip Kelly’s wild, fangled new offense will light up opponents scoreboards this preseason, he’ll keep his starters in longer than most as he wants them to acclimate themselves to the fast upbeat tempo they will use all season long. They will score early and often as vanilla defenses struggle to maintain interest in such debachary. final scores will send Kelly’s team into locker rooms with a false sense of bravado that will all come crashing to earth week one when real games start…..

  31. 4getu says: Feb 23, 2013 2:20 PM


    I had a suspicion that you might be a 10 year kid because of all the stupid things you have said. But I wasn’t sure maybe you weren’t just a really stupid adult. But after your “little girl” comment I realized you are just a child, and so I should apologize for directing my comments at you. You’re young and you’re still learning and have a lot of growing up to do.

  32. daknight93 says: Feb 23, 2013 2:41 PM

    well, he did come from the raiders in a weak division..I’m sure he was considered a shut down corner because he didn’t have elite receivers to cover in that division and he was exposed as just an average corner who gets burned and toasted against elite receivers in NFC.

  33. tangysizzl says: Feb 23, 2013 2:41 PM

    If I was Asomugha I would want the Eagles to cut me, then I could take the salary they owe me as my one time termination pay and be on my merry way.

    To all those that think Aso is done, well, I know another CB from Oakland who everyone thought was done at the time. Then he signed with the Green Bay Packers and had an unbelievable career resurgance that now has him canton bound.

    Not saying Aso is anywhere near the talent that King Chuck is but maybe just maybe some team could still make a good player out of this guy.

  34. jmclarkent says: Feb 23, 2013 2:58 PM

    Regardless of where he lands, he looks a hell of a lot like a free safety these days (opposed to a “shutdown corner”).

  35. soliteryman says: Feb 23, 2013 3:16 PM

    Nnamdi was beaten like a drum by pro bowlers,6th rd picks and free agents this year,his skill set and confidence at 32 are in serious question and the fact is he wants to stay in philly.He will be back for another year at a reduced cap friendly number with incentives.He is a class act with a class organization who both need each other for at least another year

  36. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 23, 2013 3:32 PM

    I think it’s worth 4mil to get him off the team. He does not perform on the field. I have a video of ruben randle making him look so stupid that it’s just not even fathomable that he can play at a high level. And even if you take the part about him not being a good player out of the equation, his “whatever” loser attitude sucks and he shouldn’t be in the lockerrroom. Came from a culture of losing in oakland and his attitude is plainly part of that. Get him out. Look at it as saving 11 mil instead of spending 4.

  37. eatitfanboy says: Feb 23, 2013 3:41 PM

    What’s that, you say? It’s tampering for other teams to tell Asomugha what he’d make on the open market?

    Actually, no one said that. You’re the only one who cares about tampering.

  38. oakfosho says: Feb 23, 2013 3:42 PM

    Of course its all about the money with this d-bag.Always has been.After Al made him a rich man when nobody beleived in him,he took the money from Philly and ran.I hope he ends up playing for a pernial loser like Miami or Cleveland.

  39. tdubdizzle says: Feb 23, 2013 3:58 PM

    Seems like Al made the right move at the right time.

  40. thetooloftools says: Feb 23, 2013 3:59 PM

    Free agency.
    The Ultimate Che$$ game.

  41. daneraider1 says: Feb 23, 2013 4:02 PM

    4getu, Sorry that the whole “dream team” thing strikes a nerve. You must have been psyched when your team shelled out all that money for nothing. The whole dream team thing is not hilarious but the fact that a philly fan wants us to respect his feelings is. I mean, have you been to a game in philly before?

  42. 4getu says: Feb 23, 2013 4:21 PM

    Feb 23, 2013, 2:02 PM MST

    Who the phuck is talking about respecting feelings son? It hardly strikes a nerve, I guess when someone’s gonna talk trash, you’d expect that more of them would be capable of producing something other than their simple minded “dream team” comments. I’d understand why people would use that term to talk trash had someone other than the bum Vince young said it and the rest of the team went along with it. But that wasn’t the case was it

  43. orakpowned says: Feb 23, 2013 4:41 PM

    You’re right how about the word “Dynasty” coming from your starting QB.

  44. demstinkinbums says: Feb 23, 2013 4:41 PM

    Haha is that a raiders fan really talking about what it’s like to attend a game in another teams stadium???? REALLY? Wow that takes some selective memory to make a post like THAT!!!

  45. dcowboyfan says: Feb 23, 2013 5:36 PM

    Eagles ” fans ” are a complete joke !!!! I live in the philly suburbs, and have to live with these people on a daily basis..I find it amazing how they consider the Ravens winning the Super Bowl a win for them , and their reason being that Flacco is a local product, and John Harbaugh once coached there, but was intelligent enough to leave….In a word….you guys are Pathetic !!!!!
    Kelly will last maybe two years here with his college staff, and go back to his joke conference in college….

  46. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 23, 2013 8:13 PM

    I didn’t realize how sensitive Eagles fans are. For the sake of that little girl 4getu, (sounds like a name a little girl would come up with) everyone please stop using the term “dream team”.

    It’s tough enough to watch your team get swept and completely owned by Dallas. So let’s be nice.

    Fact is the Eagles were one of the most stacked teams on paper but went out and stunk up the joint. So whatever you want to call it. Dream team works for us.

    By the way 4getu, daneraider1 just made you his little b-word.

  47. vinceofdarkness says: Feb 23, 2013 10:18 PM

    Cut this dog loose and pay the two cents.

  48. tundey says: Feb 24, 2013 8:08 AM

    Further proof that Andy Reid was absent at the wheel last season. Good luck to Arizona, I hope they get a rejuvenated Reid and not the burned out mess that was on the Eagle’s sideline last season.

  49. biggiggle303 says: Feb 24, 2013 11:58 AM


  50. ayefool says: Feb 26, 2013 2:05 AM

    I don’t understand WHY Chip would keep him. All the other “Dream Teamers” proved to be absolute garbage for us after we signed him and he’s no different. Cut all that “wrong scheme” talk b/c he got beat in bump and run, zone, AND in the slot. It’s a sad sad day for ANY team when they’re reduced to counting on Rodgers-Cromartie (at least we got him for peanuts i.e. Kevin Kolb)

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