Earlier this month, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said “the jury is still out” on veteran cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
But Asomugha himself has a different opinion, saying he doesn’t think he’s fallen off from a physical standpoint.
“I’ve been out there making plays and doing a lot of the things that I know I can do,” Asomugha said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “So my confidence is in a good place. . . .
“I’m highly critical of myself – highly, highly critical of myself. So there’s not much that someone else might say that makes me feel like I need to be motivated in a different way. Like I said, I’m a self-motivated guy. And I’m probably saying worse [things] than the next guy’s saying anyway.”
Despite his high profile and former big-money contracts, Asomugha is effectively a no-lose proposition for the 49ers. With no guaranteed money, there’s no financial cost to cut him, and if he can get back to his pre-Eagles form, they will have found a bargain.
He’s working as a starter at the moment because of some injuries, but if he can keep his confidence, he should still be able to help a defense.