Now the Eagles may go a step further, and could release cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha unless he restructures his lucrative contract, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday.
The Eagles signed Asomugha to a five-year, $60 million deal in 2011, but he has failed to live up to expectations after being labeled the best cornerback in the NFL in eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
The 31-year-old is scheduled to make $15 million in 2013, with $4 million guaranteed, and the Eagles are already under the cap. However, Philadelphia could choose to spend their money elsewhere and address a rush defense that was ranked 23rd in the NFL.
The Eagles hold the fourth overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, which is loaded with frontline help and also Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, who is considered one of the best prospects in the draft. The Eagles could replace Asomugha at a much cheaper price with Milliner.
For his 10-year career, Asomugha has played 154 games and tallied 15 interceptions.
Schefter also reported the Eagles have to make a decision on cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.