Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has not performed close to the expected standard set by the lucrative free-agent contract he signed in the 2011 offseason. It is likely to lead to his release from the team, but there are conflicting reports as to whether that is truly imminent.
Howard Eskin of FOX 29 Philadelphia reported earlier on Wednesday that Asomugha would indeed be released before the day was over.
Howard Eskin @howardeskin
I'm told #eagles will release CB Nnamdi Asomugha 2day after 2 yrs w team. He was to make 15 million this season. He does get 4 mill #fox292013-3-6 15:22:43
However, Eskin then backtracked from that statement, indicating that he jumped the gun.
Howard Eskin @howardeskin
Bad tweet. I jumped the gun on Nnamdi Asomugha. #eagles not releasing him 2day. But don't worry it will happen. #fox29 bleep happens2013-3-6 16:01:10
Philadelphia Inquirer beat writer Jeff McLane reports that the Eagles will not release Asomugha—at least not today.
Jeff McLane @Jeff_McLane
Contrary to a report, the #Eagles are saying Nnamdi Asomugha is not being released today. Stay tuned.2013-3-6 15:47:13
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has heard mixed messages himself, as he responded to McLane's tweet:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
Heard the same. Could happen. But not yet RT @Jeff_McLane: Contrary to a report, the #Eagles are saying Asomugha is not being released today2013-3-6 15:48:12
Asomugha's five-year contract is worth $60 million, with $28 million of it in guaranteed money. He is due to make $15 million in 2013, including $4 million guaranteed.
After establishing himself as a three-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro for the Oakland Raiders, the 6'2", 210-pound physical corner fled to what appeared to be greener pastures.
But that has not been so, as the Eagles and their so-called "Dream Team" have fallen woefully short of expectations after several highly touted free-agent acquisitions—chief among them being Asomugha.
In two seasons in Philadelphia, the 31-year-old has snagged a total of four interceptions. However, he has been a frequent liability in coverage for someone who was considered a top-two corner in the league at the time of his signing.
Despite boasting exceptional size for his position, jamming opponents as effectively as he used to and tackling have been serious issues for Asomugha in his time with the Eagles.
It has been reported that if Asomugha does not restructure his contract, the team will release him. Since no adjustments have been made to the current deal, it seems only a matter of time before Asomugha is looking for a new NFL destination.
In light of these conflicting reports, though, perhaps the two sides could still reach a settlement.