San Francisco 49ers Release Former All-ProBy: Gary Street - November 5, 2013
The bye week can be a time to rest and heal from the rough season that is the NFL. Nnamdi Asomugha will have plenty of time to rest up now. The San Francisco 49ers have announced the release of the former All-Pro cornerback this Monday.
The release came as the 49ers needed to make room for the soon to be returning fellow cornerback, Eric Wright and wide receiver, Mario Manningham.
Asomugha was brought in by the 49ers to improve their depth at the corner position. A former All-Pro, Asomugha has seen his career in the NFL take a sudden turn for the worse. A former first round selection by the Oakland Raiders, Asomugha was known by NFL fans, players and coaches alike as one of the best shutdown corners in the league. The former University of California, Berkeley standout, made a quick name for himself once he was given the chance to start in his third season. Once he had the starting job in Oakland, Asomugha took advantage of his playing time to show his skills at covering opposing wide receivers. He would finished his career with Oakland as a four-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl player.
As a free agent, he left Oakland and the state of California to go play with the Philadephia Eagles, signing a very lucrative contract, a five year, $60 million deal, 25 million being guaranteed. During his time in Philadephia, Asomugha could not help the Eagles get to the Super Bowl, nor have a winning season during his time there. Once released, the 49ers signed him to a one year deal, hoping he could fit in and regain the skills that made him one of the best. At 32, Asmougha could not be effective enough to stay with the 49ers. With this news, there are teams that might have interests as shown here on Twitter:
A talanted corner like Asomugha will have his suitors. The question is what does he have left to help a contender?