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Contrary to popular belief Al Davis did not choose void Nnamdi's contract
There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the terms at which Nnamdi Asomugha became a free agent.
Fans from opposing teams often seem to suggest that the Raiders let Nnamdi go or released him from his contract.
Numerous times I have heard people say that Al Davis is a fool for letting Nnamdi go.
Sometimes people's ignorance just astounds me.
Let me clear something up: The Raiders did not release Nnamdi, nor did they void his contract. The Raiders had no say in Nnamdi becoming a free agent.
A clause in Nnamdis' contract stated that if he did not improve his on-field production (snaps played, interceptions, tackles, sacks, etc.) then the final year of the contract would automatically become void.
The contract also stated that in the case that Nnamdis contract was void he would not be able to be franchised.
Sure Nnamdi played at an all-pro level and made the Pro Bowl by shutting down every receiver he faced. But statistically he declined: 14 games games played, 19 tackles, zero sacks, zero interceptions—not a very impressive stat line.
Nnamdi himself didn't even know his contract would be voided.
"As the end of the season approached, not aware at all," he said.
"Because we had a chance to be in the playoffs and we're playing football games. When you're in that type of situation, you're never really thinking about what's going on with your contract and what's going to happen after the season. So, once the season ended, that's when it kind of hit."
If the Raiders had the choice I'm sure they would have chosen to pay Nnamdi to the terms of the final year of his contract.