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Nnamdi Asomugha: Oakland Raiders Void CB's Contract

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the sidelines during the closing minutes of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Elias TrejoSenior Analyst IIJanuary 9, 2011

Nnamdi Asomugha is no longer an Oakland Raider. The Raiders contract with Asomugha is now voided due to failure to meet incentives during the season.

Asomugha was due $16 million next season, or the average between the top five paid quarterbacks in the NFL. The Raiders will not be able to franchise tag him because of a clause in his contract.

This should have the majority of the Raider Nation very upset. This is the second move in about a week that has left many fans scratching their heads.

Al Davis decided not to pick up Tom Cable's two year option last week. Cable and Asomugha were two very popular figures within the Raider Nation.

Now the question is: what happens now?

While most will disagree, this move was the right one. No cornerback in the NFL is worth $16 million a year, not even Asomugha. 

The Raiders have not had a winning season with Asomugha on the team. Of course, that is not Asomugha's fault since he has been one of the best cornerbacks in the league for years now.

The Raiders voiding his contract doesn't mean that he is done in Oakland either. There still is a chance that the Raiders and Asomugha will work out another contract that is more cap friendly to the team.

This may remind Raider fans of 2006, when Oakland lost Charles Woodson to free agency. Woodson was a great player for the Raiders, but he's been even better with Green Bay.

Asomugha will most likely test the market, since this is the first time he's ever been a free agent.

This leaves the Raiders defense with a lot of questions. Michael Huff, Stanford Routt, Nnamdi Asomugha and Richard Seymour are all free agents this offseason.

It is important that the Raiders sign all these players, but it is possible they lose half of them.

Odds are if Davis wants them back, he will outbid any team to keep them. But it may not be about money.

Punter Shane Lechler was very upset when Cable was let go and had this to say about losing key players during the offseason:

"I seriously have a hard time believing that we're not going to now lose some very key free-agent guys. I think now you'll probably see people like Robert Gallery go on to another team. Probably Michael Bush. Probably a handful of guys that we really, really need back here.

"I'm not so sureand I don't mind saying it, I've been here long enoughI'm not so sure this wasn't a terrible decision."

Only time will tell what this means for the Raiders organization, but in the mean time, you'll see many members of the Raider Nation very upset.

If the Raiders are trying to sell out more games or season tickets this offseason, they need to make sure their fans are happy. 

So far, it's easy to see that the fans haven't been too pleased with the Raiders' moves, and this one may be one that a lot of people cannot forgive, unless Asomugha is resigned.

 

****Update**** Raiders and Asomugha waiting on new CBA to see what the ramifications are on the situation. Per Paul Gutierrez. This wasn't the Raiders letting him go, it was a clause on his contract.

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