UPDATE: Wednesday, April 3 at 6:58 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
The 49ers made their signing of Asomugha official via Twitter on Wednesday:
San Francisco 49ers @49ers
The #49ers have signed CB Nnamdi Asomugha to a one-year deal. http://t.co/kSD3c6S1rw2013-4-3 22:48:07
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Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
Nnamdi Asomugha chooses #49ers and has agreed to terms, per sources. He had also considered #Saints. #NnamdiWatch2013-4-2 22:06:05
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the financial details of the deal:
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
One-year deal between 49ers and CB Nnamdi Asomugha is worth up to $3 million.2013-4-2 22:08:11
The Philadelphia Eagles cut Asomugha on March 12 after the two sides were unable to agree on a restructured contract, as Schefter reported. The article states that the former All-Pro corner was set to earn $15 million in 2013.
Asomugha headlined several acquisitions the Eagles made during the 2011 offseason, leading then-backup quarterback Vince Young to anoint Philadelphia as the NFL’s “dream team.”
But the team's grand aspirations went up in flames when it went 8-8 in 2011 and 4-12 in 2012. Now, Asomugha joins Young, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Ronnie Brown and Steve Smith on the list of high-profile additions from two years ago that are no longer in Philadelphia.
New head coach Chip Kelly is cleaning house and starting over, and a 31-year-old who has not lived up to expectations set by his massive contract did not factor into his plans.
Still, it was only a matter of time before another team jumped at the chance to sign a player with Asomugha’s résumé. He has been named to the Pro Bowl three times and an All-Pro team four times in his career.
Although he didn't have the kind of success many expected from him in Philadelphia, Asomugha still possesses the size and skills to be a valuable defensive back. At 6'3" and 215 pounds, the veteran has proven he can shut down opposing No. 1 wide receivers.
He is one of the premier cornerbacks of his generation, and a change of scenery will likely benefit him.
Now that Asomugha is in San Francisco, both he and the Eagles will be starting over and trying to make up for their failures of the past two seasons.