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Eagles release Nnamdi Asomugha

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While it won’t be official until after the league year starts at 4 p.m., today’s the day the Eagles will release cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The move has been coming for some time, but had to occur after the start of the league year for salary cap purposes. When reports came out last week that it was done, reports which were quickly refuted, it was clear it was happening, though the timing was off.

The inevitability doesn’t make it any less alarming, that a player who was so recently at the top of the game is unemployed.

UPDATE 3:46 p.m. ET: The Eagles just put out a statement confirming the move.

“Coach 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. “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.”

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  1. flavordave says: Mar 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    The Eagles have allowed the rest of you to have our scraps. The legend of Eagles Chip Kelly is set to begin at 4pm today. You will all be beasted by us. We get what we want. You get scraps.

  2. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    Dream Team? Super Bowl? Dynasty?

  3. stumpzzz says: Mar 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    Bye Bye Nnamdi. Never lived up to the hype in Philly. Philly will kill careers….go back to OAK.

  4. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 12, 2013 3:48 PM

    welcome back!!

  5. ctattles says: Mar 12, 2013 3:48 PM

    I hope Vikings sign him. Itd be nice to see this guy win a couple Super Bowls.

  6. knucklebucket says: Mar 12, 2013 3:49 PM

    flavordave says:
    Mar 12, 2013 3:47 PM
    The Eagles have allowed the rest of you to have our scraps. The legend of Eagles Chip Kelly is set to begin at 4pm today. You will all be beasted by us. We get what we want. You get scraps.
    ____________________________________

    Settle down.

  7. thetroofishere says: Mar 12, 2013 3:49 PM

    Glad the Cowboys lost the Nnamdi Sweepstakes a couple years ago.

  8. ninerempire7 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:49 PM

    BaalBaugh better be jumping all over this!!

  9. blackngold4life says: Mar 12, 2013 3:50 PM

    Somebody needa to give up some draft picks b4 he hits the market ..just don’t think Philly was the right spot fir him

  10. chc4 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:50 PM

    The Eagles are a joke. What overrated “star(s)” will they sign now?

  11. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 12, 2013 3:50 PM

    Hes still owed $4 mill and can go wherever he wants of course he took it in stride…

  12. gohawks89 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:50 PM

    you have no team
    you will be 3-13 this year if your lucky.

  13. jebbiesmallz says: Mar 12, 2013 3:50 PM

    Where does this rank in all-time worst free agent signings?

  14. bucrightoff says: Mar 12, 2013 3:50 PM

    Revis and Nnamdi in Tampa…dare to dream right?

  15. love49ers says: Mar 12, 2013 3:51 PM

    flavordave is a troll.

  16. grandpoopah says: Mar 12, 2013 3:51 PM

    Good riddance!

  17. ahawkalypse says: Mar 12, 2013 3:51 PM

    Come play the Nickle in Seattle! You got paid now get that ring!

  18. reed20fence says: Mar 12, 2013 3:51 PM

    Take heed anyone who thinks championships can simply be bought on free agency.

  19. punkyqb says: Mar 12, 2013 3:51 PM

    Dream Team part 2 begins. LOL

  20. st1llerz1 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:51 PM

    @flavordave…

    Isn’t this pretty much the same story we heard a few years ago with the “Dream Team”?

    How did that one work out for ya’? Yeah, not so good!

    GO STEELERS!

  21. kdub79 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:52 PM

    Could he give Vick a ride outta town with him? Let’s wipe the slate completely clean from the previous regime.

  22. bonersoup says: Mar 12, 2013 3:52 PM

    Thank god. I speak for all Philly fans when I say that any CB we get will be a colossal upgrade over what we got from Nnamdi.

  23. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:52 PM

    Get him to a defensive system he likes. Then he can be great again

  24. revischrist16 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:53 PM

    Glad the Jets lost the Nnamdi Sweepstakes a couple years ago.

  25. We'reFineThere says: Mar 12, 2013 3:53 PM

    Flavordave and logicalredskin have to be the same guy. Who is the sad Giants or Cowboys fan out there?

  26. danatos says: Mar 12, 2013 3:53 PM

    Nice now they can overpay for Revis and have the same thing happen in 2 years. E-A-G-……..

  27. shkz4 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:53 PM

    I think in the right system, he’ll play better. He won’t get the same type of money, but he’ll get the guaranteed $4M from the Eagles this year.

  28. cooklynn17 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    Dream Team…

    Dynasty…

    Idiots…

    Only one really applies when describing the train wreck that is the Eagles…

    So much for buying that championship. When will teams learn? the Skins tried it with Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders etc and more recently 100 million dollar man Albert Haynesworth and got zip, then the Eagles try it with the flashy corner swooping in as the mystery team to snatch Nnamdi away….whooooo!, and of course Jason Babin, Steve Smith and the always classy Vince Young. And guess what you got, a zero just like Washington before you.

    Try mocking the Giants sometime, then maybe you will win a Superbowl.

  29. jgrange says: Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    Samuel left. Asomugha left. DRC is about to leave. These guys did not look very good at times in Philly. Surely they can’t all be terrible/chopped liver at the same time. I think there is more to do with Philly’s circus than their ability to play.

  30. manilarizzo says: Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    if the Skins can get him on the cheap, i’ll take them scraps for a year or two as a stop gap until we get our cap cash back!

  31. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    Can’t nobody tell Vince Young nothin.

  32. phillyphan975 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    Where will he eat lunch now?

  33. cantonbound13 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    Come to Miami!!!

  34. reasonableeaglefan says: Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    Good!

  35. mcg1848 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    Curious what he would have looked like with a real safety behind him.

  36. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    The Eagles get what they want except winning, relevance or Superbowls.

  37. isithockeyseasonyet says: Mar 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    Eagles fan here and I agree w all the ‘settle down’ comments

  38. clayformvp says: Mar 12, 2013 3:55 PM

    Scraps?? Dream team?? Eagles are garbage!!

  39. larrydavid815 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    Thank god! Good riddance

  40. itsnotdavid says: Mar 12, 2013 3:56 PM

    You just got Nnamdi’d!

  41. regulator2 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:57 PM

    Eagles cap space just went up. Lot of money available for Chip to spend.

  42. tomahoochi says: Mar 12, 2013 3:58 PM

    The door was scheduled to hit Nnamdi in the arse on his way out, but he was out of position and it missed.

  43. judalation says: Mar 12, 2013 3:59 PM

    Looks like both Namdi and Revis… Once thought to be the 2 best corners in the league, are available for teams to haggle over! One has an injured ACL and is a diva… The other is classy but cant play. Who will pick these two up now?

  44. duncanthecat says: Mar 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    The Eagles sure played the hand poorly on this one.

  45. dallassux says: Mar 12, 2013 4:01 PM

    thetroofishere says:
    Mar 12, 2013 3:49 PM
    Glad the Cowboys lost the Nnamdi Sweepstakes a couple years ago.

    32 33

    Yeah I know. Look at all those playoff wins dallas had without out him

  46. floriohatesthebirds says: Mar 12, 2013 4:02 PM

    When the Eagles go on a spending spree in FA……it takes us 2 years to undo it. It sets the rest of you fools back for years.

    Guess who’s got over $40 million in cap space? The Dream Team.

  47. dallassux says: Mar 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 12, 2013 3:55 PM
    The Eagles get what they want except winning, relevance or Superbowls.

    At least they have a QB with two working legs

  48. pftfanatic says: Mar 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    flavordave says:
    Mar 12, 2013 3:47 PM
    The Eagles have allowed the rest of you to have our scraps. The legend of Eagles Chip Kelly is set to begin at 4pm today. You will all be beasted by us. We get what we want. You get scraps.

    —————–

    Big talk coming from the fan of a team with no SB wins. Now, get back to topics you might know something about: ring bologna and Schmidts.

  49. pigbenis69 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    Don’t let the door hit your asomugha on the way out

  50. bobonmycob says: Mar 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    benroethlisberger7 says:Mar 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    Dream Team? Super Bowl? Dynasty?

    All 3 buddy.. while your team shoots itself in the foot by hiring Plaxico… Enjoy

  51. flavordave says: Mar 12, 2013 4:03 PM

    Dont discuss Steelers on here. They are a crooked criminal organization.

  52. myosin10 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:05 PM

    Come to SF along with Ed Reed.

  53. raiderluv says: Mar 12, 2013 4:05 PM

    @ flavordave,

    and you have so much hardware in the trophy case to prove it….

  54. dabutcha114 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:05 PM

    Come back home Nnamdi, the Black Hole will always welcome u back

  55. dexterismyhero says: Mar 12, 2013 4:06 PM

    @flavordave says:Mar 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    The Eagles have allowed the rest of you to have our scraps. The legend of Eagles Chip Kelly is set to begin at 4pm today. You will all be beasted by us. We get what we want. You get scraps.
    ———————————————————
    Are you really illogicalvoicesays using a different name?

  56. captainwisdom8888 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:06 PM

    Im a lifelong Eagles fan, and I don’t have a clue what planet Flavordave is on right now. While confidence is perfectly fine, Id like to just say that this moron doesn’t speak for the rest of us.

    As for Nnamdi, all we heard before he donned the midnight green was how he was “Soooo good at what he does, that QBs don’t even throw to his side of the field!” This pathetic excuse for a CB was widely regarded as a top-3 player at his position, with many people believing only Revis was better. Asomugha consistently got torched by everyone this season, whether they were good, bad, or in between…Nnamdi got beat. In the span of 1 season, this overpaid and overrated bum went from being in the top tier of cornerbacks in the NFL, to not even being worth a spot on our roster. If you ask me, Assumooga isn’t worthy of being regarded as a top-20 cornerback moving forward.

  57. banlarson says: Mar 12, 2013 4:07 PM

    Playing in Phily is like playing for a circus. Overhyped, flashy, and no substance. He’ll do much better playing on TEAM and not with 10 other individuals doing their own thing. Welcome to MN.

  58. 4getu says: Mar 12, 2013 4:07 PM

    Dream team 2. OMG, that’s hilarious. Did you just come up with that. Someone gives this guy his own TV series

  59. greenbleeder says: Mar 12, 2013 4:08 PM

    @ flavordave

    You are a profit good sir! Much wisdom indeed.

  60. justintuckrule says: Mar 12, 2013 4:08 PM

    nnot ssurprised

  61. bordner says: Mar 12, 2013 4:08 PM

    ctattles says:
    Mar 12, 2013 3:48 PM

    I hope Vikings sign him. Itd be nice to see this guy win a couple Super Bowls.
    —————————————
    Well, make up your mind… which will it be?

  62. bobonmycob says: Mar 12, 2013 4:10 PM

    punkyqb says:Mar 12, 2013 3:51 PM

    Dream Team part 2 begins. LOL

    And your creativity and originality ended a long time ago. Care to be a parrot and spit out another 2 year old joke?

  63. catfanatic1979v1 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:10 PM

    He just needs in the right system. I’m sure what Gus Bradley is running down in Jacksonville would make for a good fit.

  64. calhounlambeau says: Mar 12, 2013 4:11 PM

    The Dream Team consisted of adding a 30 year old Nnamdi Asomugha who had already been in the league for 8-9 years, Babin, another guy who had been tossed around and 30 years old…Cullen Jenkins, another 30 year old. Not much of a dream team honestly. Nursing home.

  65. philahitman says: Mar 12, 2013 4:13 PM

    They can prolly sign Goldson and Landry for what Asomugha was makin.

  66. timocracy13 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    We’reFineThere says: Mar 12, 2013 3:53 PM

    Flavordave and logicalredskin have to be the same guy. Who is the sad Giants or Cowboys fan out there?
    _____________________________________

    Yeah, they’re definitely the same guy. Mr. Wright 212 and boysroll are, respectively, the comparable Giants and Eagles fans, but they aren’t logicalvoice/flavordave.

  67. jam11163 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    thank god your gone. please play for a team in the east. TOAST.

  68. allforfunnplay says: Mar 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    most of you don’t understand defensive scheme and fit.

    Nnamdi nearly exclusively played press man coverage for the Raiders during his best years as a Corner. That was per Al Davis’s directive to his coaches to play predominantly man coverage.

    Nmandi plays press man coverage probably better than any other corner in the league. But he doesn’t play off man (which makes playing him as a Nickelback unfeasible), press zone or deep zone (Cover 3 or Quarters for example).

    So if your team’s defense has a use for an exclusive press man corner, than Nnandi your guy. But most teams mix up their coverages to certain degrees so it sort of limits who use him.

  69. phillylawhopeful says: Mar 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    I’d be super leery of signing this guy. The talk of “he was used incorrectly!” garbage is just that…flaming garbage.

    In Oakland he saw roughly half as many targets as the other corner (Chris Johnson) in his hey day yet had about league average pass defended ratio (compared to Johnson who was well above average). And they couldn’t stop the run. Why throw at Asomugha when you could light up Johnson? Asomugha certainly wasn’t snagging a ton of INTs.

    I posit Asomugha was simply the better of two CBs on a D that couldn’t defend the run, so teams: 1) didn’t need to throw a ton and 2) threw way more at the worse CB.

    Asomugha constantly got compared to Revis by the media, but Revis had far, far better CB defensive stats (yards/completion was 20% lower than Asomugha from 2008-2010; completions per attempt 25% lower).

    In essence, Asomugha was more hype than ability in my mind, and was shown up when he lined up next to a more competent CB.

  70. philahitman says: Mar 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    Can morons (pro writers included) shut up about “dream team” now that every single one of them is gone? …including the coaches that wanted them here.

  71. timocracy13 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    We’reFineThere says: Mar 12, 2013 3:53 PM

    Flavordave and logicalredskin have to be the same guy. Who is the sad Giants or Cowboys fan out there?
    _____________________________________

    Yeah, they’re definitely the same guy. Mr. Wright 212 and boysroll are, respectively, the comparable Giants and Cowboys fans, but they aren’t logicalvoice/flavordave.

  72. upperdecker19 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    Eskin must be clairvoyant. He reported this a week ago?

  73. philahitman says: Mar 12, 2013 4:15 PM

    Can morons (pro writers included) shut up about “dream team” now that every single one of them is gone? …including the coaches that wanted them here.

  74. ccjcsr says: Mar 12, 2013 4:15 PM

    Thank you Jerry, for not breaking the bank on this guy!

  75. ochospantalones says: Mar 12, 2013 4:16 PM

    Anyone who thinks Nnamdi was just in the wrong system clearly did not watch any Eagles games last year. They misused him in 2011; in 2012 they let him play where and how he wanted and he got worse. It’s bizarre that he fell apart this quickly, but he’s done.

  76. philahitman says: Mar 12, 2013 4:18 PM

    BTW “dream team” doesnt bother fans cuz we werent the morons who said it. We just get tired of hearin stupid people repeat the words of an even stupider person… Vince Young. So keep soundin as smart as VY.

  77. sandersmarcus10 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:19 PM

    OMG can we get over this dream team thing its so old but someone brings it up everytime you hear about one of these guys. News flash everyone he said “ITS LIKE A DREAM TEAM!!!

  78. djcologne says: Mar 12, 2013 4:21 PM

    Don’t hate the player hate the system….Filthadelphia’s defense looked like a bunch of clowns stumbling out of a mini-car under the big top….

  79. kdub79 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:23 PM

    calhounlambeau says:
    Mar 12, 2013 4:11 PM
    The Dream Team consisted of adding a 30 year old Nnamdi Asomugha who had already been in the league for 8-9 years, Babin, another guy who had been tossed around and 30 years old…Cullen Jenkins, another 30 year old. Not much of a dream team honestly. Nursing home.

    ____________________________

    If you’re going to rehash the tired old dream team thing at least include Vince Young since he was the one who said the words that one time.

  80. capnhowdy says: Mar 12, 2013 4:25 PM

    All these people talking trash as if signing Nnamdi was a dumb move, but almost every team wanted him when he was available. Hindsight is 20/20.

  81. jgrange says: Mar 12, 2013 4:31 PM

    Gotta love Philly fans trying to justify themselves and failing miserably. Peyton Manning introduced his father to Nnamdi at a Pro Bowl by explaining how amazed he was with Aso’s ability to correctly diagnose a read from Manning. One of the all time greats doesn’t usually go out of his way for the hype.

  82. xli2006 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:34 PM

    Flavordave,

    Get back with us when the Eagles are relevant.

  83. delusionalcardsfan says: Mar 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    Arizona! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  84. officialgame says: Mar 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    Watch tape, the guy can’t play and has lost all desire.

  85. teedraper says: Mar 12, 2013 5:01 PM

    The Philly fan base don’t deserve him nor any good players. You people are perennial LOSERS for a reason & it’s reflected in everything about the Eagles.

    What did Asante say again: “playing fantasy football with the owners money”…you’re a joke Philly.

  86. mrass87 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:20 PM

    Hopefully he eats lunch with his teammates next year. Wherever he goes.

  87. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 12, 2013 5:41 PM

    Only the Eagles could sign an all world CB and in a couple years strip him down to an unemployed bum. And then have the audacity to get on PFT and take a run at Jerry Jones.

    Spend a fortune on a dream team (love that term 4getu-dbag) and have last place in the east and a 2-14 record to show for it. Nice job.

    Congratulations Eagles you made Jerry look like a genius. He was going to sign Asomugha.

  88. kahunanc says: Mar 12, 2013 6:58 PM

    How long before the Chipper flames out ? Over / Under 2 years. Eagles will not when SB with a mediocre movie producer at the wheel

  89. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Mar 12, 2013 7:12 PM

    dallascowboydishingthereal that is some of the most retarded babble I have read on here. How is Jerry Jones smart for wanting to sign Nnamdi but not landing him. Also the Eagles didn’t go 2-14. I have a feeling you forgot your meds.

  90. flavordave says: Mar 12, 2013 7:39 PM

    Flavordave does not like the level of disrespect hes reading on this board. Florio does an excellent job providing you content, and I provide the truth.

  91. mrphatal says: Mar 13, 2013 9:14 AM

    jgrange says: Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    Samuel left. Asomugha left. DRC is about to leave. These guys did not look very good at times in Philly. Surely they can’t all be terrible/chopped liver at the same time. I think there is more to do with Philly’s circus than their ability to play.
    ————————————————————-
    Reid-ling brothers Laurie and Grossman Circus is Over.

    Cooklyn, thanks for taking our Scraps in Jenkins!
    BTW, We still own the Giants even if we haven’t wona superbowl. We still own your A$$!!!

  92. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 14, 2013 10:00 PM

    cunninghampeetemcnabbvick thed-bag says:
    dallascowboydishingthereal that is some of the most retarded babble I have read on here. How is Jerry Jones smart for wanting to sign Nnamdi but not landing him. Also the Eagles didn’t go 2-14. I have a feeling you forgot your meds.
    ___________________________________
    Oh my bad. The Eagles had a much more respectable 4 wins last season. That’s way better.

    I will attempt to explain it to you since based on your name, whcih list every lousy eagle QB in history, you’re clearly a little slow.

    Jerry would have made yet another bad FA signing had you idiots not pushed him out of the way and signed Asomug. The eagles kept Jerry from making himself look bad.

    Now settle down and get back to bed. Your mommy is waiting on you.

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