Monday, November 4, 2013
Asomugha's decline remarkable
By Bill Williamson
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Two years after the summer of Nnamdi, the former star free agent finds himself unemployed for the second time in 2013.
In move that was expected, the San Francisco 49ers cut Nnamdi Asomugha on Monday and activated Eric Wright.
Asomugha had been a healthy scratch the past three games, and there was little reason to keep a 32-year-old cornerback who hasn't played well or helped on special teams. Asomugha played the first three games of this season for the 49ers and before suffering a knee injury. Tramaine Brock, has been excellent in Asomugha’s place. With Wright now activated, Asomugha was released.
Monday was a continuation of Asomugha's career downward spiral. Two years ago, Asomugha was the free-agent prize after the NFL lockout ended. The Eagles outbid several teams to sign him away from Oakland, where he had been one of the premier cornerbacks in the NFL. Asomugha's play dipped dramatically after he signed with the Eagles, who parted ways with him in the offseason.
The 49ers were looking for veteran depth when they signed Asomugha to a one-year, $1.35 million deal. Now, they will hope he is claimed Tuesday so the remaining value of his contract is taken on by another team. Asomugha could draw interest from a contender that needs depth at cornerback.
Asomugha was on his way to being on a winning team for the first time in his 11-year NFL career. The 49ers are 6-2, but they will head down the stretch run without Asomugha.