The Chip Kelly era has begun and if Nnamdi Asomugha wants to stay on board then he’s going to have to take huge pay cut. On Friday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Philadelphia Eagles asked the cornerback to restructure his contract or they would release him.
Asomugha is slated to receive $15 million next season and his production over the last few years certainly doesn’t warrant that. His poor play opposite Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie has been examined and discussed within this new Eagles coaching staff and it appears they are fine with cutting him loose.
So what does this mean for Asomugha and Philly going forward?
In all likelihood, no team out there will be willing to pay Asomugha the amount his contract currently states, so he will have to take less money in 2013. It will be interesting, however, to see how much the Eagles are willing to pay the aging corner because of their lack of depth at that position.
Rodgers-Cromartie will be a free agent soon and probably won’t get re-signed. So the Eagles have to start looking elsewhere for help in the secondary or hope that Asomugha agrees to the new contract being proposed. This is a pressing issue for the Eagles who gave up the most passing touchdowns last season with 33.
Coach Kelly certainly recognizes this problem, but it appears he might want to fix it without Asomugha.
“I think Nnamdi has the skill set… to play football.”
These were the enthusiastic remarks made by Kelly at press conference during the NFL Scouting Combine. The head coach and defensive coordinator that brought Asomugha to Philly aren’t there anymore and it seems that the new batch isn’t that impressed. With the vague comments regarding the matter and the recent news of asking him to restructure, it seems highly unlikely Asomugha will remain an Eagle.
How will Philly respond? Well, if Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie do not return then the Eagles will have to look in free agency and the draft or letting current players, Brandon Boykin, Curtis Marsh and Brandon Hughes fill the starting roles. Kelly has a lot of work to do this offseason and it sounds like he’s ready to cut ties with many parts of his defense in order to rebuild.