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Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

Posted on: January 9, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: January 9, 2011 7:08 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The clause might not actually be "odd" but it surprised even the Oakland Raiders when Nnamdi Asomugha's contract was voided after 2010.

Adam Schefter reported the shocking news on ESPN Sunday and it eliminates the 2011 team option for $16.8 million or the value of the quarterback (yes, quarterback, they make much more on average than cornerbacks) franchise tag, whichever was higher. The Raiders confirmed the nullification of Asomugha's deal Sunday.

"The contract is voided but we have to wait on all the ramifications of the CBA before we really move on from there," Raiders senior executive John Herrera said Sunday, via Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times.

Essentially, Asomugha had to reach certain incentives to keep his contract from being voided. That included either a) playing more snaps in 2010 than 2009 or b) improving upon his interceptions, fumble recoveries or sacks from 2009.

Asomugha had a "worse" season in 2010 than 2009, mainly because he only played in 14 games, and his contract was voided and the team's option to either pay or franchise him is no longer there.

That means Asomugha, who's one of the best defensive players in the NFL and, depending on how you feel about Darrelle Revis, possibly the best cornerback in the NFL will be a free agent whenever free agency picks back up after labor negotiations are settled.

And, because he's only 30 years old, he'll probably be picking up a decently-sized contract.

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Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2011 1:13 pm

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

DynastyOfPats, get your facts straight before sounding off on the Barry situation. First, the Lions went to the playoffs 6 of the 10 seasons he played. Not exactly as bad team. Underachieving, or unable to take the next step would be better descriptions. Second, if you were a Detroit native, you knew that Sanders loved playing for Wayne Fontes, and started losing interest in football after his departure, not the Lions in general. He despised training camp, and was just tired of football. I got a chance to speak with a lot of Lions at the time, and they all said he never showed any displeasure about the Lions, or wanting to go anywhere else. All media speculation. He was just done.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 1:11 pm

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

calm down, aso will stay in oakland because Al truly believes that corners are the most important position in defense. aso earns right now more than any other corner, so there is almost no chance he gets an upgrade on this point on any other team.

Nnamdi Asomugha has already made a ton of money so there is a real chance he wants to play for a winning team.

When is the last time the Raiders had a winning season?

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 1:06 pm

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

DynastyOfPats-- Really? How does a great Patriots fan like yourself forget that Tom Brady was a 6th round pick. How do you mistake him for the number 1 overall pick?

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2011 12:54 pm

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

pjtrapi, Why the shot on Detroit? Fact is, while Detroit is in rough shape, no players live there. There's some very nice 'burbs that I'd put up against any others in the country. Nobody wanted to play in Detroit because for the longest time, the organization showed no will or know-how to improve. This season's free agent signings (Vanden Bosch, C. Williams, Burleson, Scheffler, Logan, Hill) and vast improvement in the win column, can lure anyone to play there. Ashomunga would look good in a Lions' uniform. And what player in the secondary wouldn't want to play behind a front 4 that Detroit put on the field this season?

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2011 12:42 pm

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

doesnt he look like the black guy on Bones. he's like a lab intern or an assistant.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 12:31 pm

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

5.) San Francisco 49ers - Can anyone name even one of their starting cornerbacks? I didn't think so . Maybe the addition of Harbaugh will make the 49ers a more appealing destination for the California native.

Nate Clements...Not that hard. Not sure how he did this year, but I'm pretty sure he's a pretty solid cornerback that should be known by most people with football knowledge.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 12:04 pm

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

Baltimore would be a good stop for this guy.  If they add a guy like this to their secondary, their defense gets closer to what it was during their Superbowl run.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 12:02 pm

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

dkh-fl, you don't need to split hairs over my example of Barry Sanders. The point simply was a great player being stuck on a bad team.

But now that you bring it up ... comparing players via stats usually doesn't paint a clear picture. Talking about 3.31 carries or averaging x amount of yards, etc. You can't say in 20/20 hindsight that Barry Sanders, if placed in every draft since 1985, wouldn't be picked in the top one or two spots. Probably the number one spot with the exception of draft years that included Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and a handfull of other stud players.

AND ... I used him as an example because I vividly recall Sanders being unhappy with the Lions his final few years in the league and the Lions refusing to trade him. So the guy quit football in his prime. Then when other teams expressed interest in bringing Sanders back, the Lions stepped in and blocked it without the team receiving huge compensation.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:46 am

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

MrJorsh wrote: "Asomugha would take the Lions defense from good to elite."

I can hardly type this without belly laughing ....

Good to elite? OMG ... dude, with all due respect, come on now ... ELITE? Even GOOD?

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:46 am

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

@NYSBest1... a name caller and a liar of data and information - nice combo!  Tomlinson has averaged just over FIFTY EIGHT (58) receptions per season in his career while Sanders averaged 35 - that's almost 70% more than the other - and yes that is a HUGE DIFFERENCE.  I'm guessing you either weren't old enough to remember watching him (he had frying pans attached to his wrists) or you are just a jerk that likes to call names.  Either way, you are wrong.  Now go back into your hole little troll.

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