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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: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:57 am

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided

We will be happy to bring him into Dallas...Jerry is bad but not near as bad as Al Davis, leave it to Al and his minions to find an out clause on a contract, and let's be honest, that he never should have offered.

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:46 am

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

Asomugha could end up on any one of ten different teams. I would guess he will not sign with a building team, but a prooven winner, afterall he just left Raiders, who wants to play for a loser their whole carreer.  With the new owner/player contract negotiations coming up, he will want a long term contract so he will not have to worry about salary caps or other things that could be there in a few years.  I beleive the highest bidders will be in divsions with the best QB's. That means any team in Brady, Manning, Brees, or Rodgers div. with be willing to pay a mint to get him.  It will be an interesting bidding war.  There are a lot of good def. in those div. that just need a cover corner to put them over the top.  That includes my Bears.  So Asomugha if you read this blog you are the greatest DB out there and we would love to sign you in Chicago.  I think that will tip the scale in favor of the Bears so everyone else just let us sign him and move on.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:46 am

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

Now, I realize he won't land on the Pats. I get that.

But ohmygod could you imagine a secondary of him, McCourty, Bodden, Chung, Meriweather and Sanders playing as situations dictate for the next few years?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:42 am

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

Welcome to Houston, Nnamdi.

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:26 am

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

The Lions played well in the last quarter of the season but the fact still remains that NOBODY wants to play in Detroit. If you were an athlete would you be like "hey, I hear Detroit is a beautiful place to live".

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:23 am

Top Five Destinations for Asomugha

1.) Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys are looking for a replacement for Terrence Newman and Asomugha fits the bill. With the 31st ranked scoring defense in 2010, Asomugha could not only shutdown one half of the field, but he also gives the Cowboys the ability to shadow a safety to Mike Jenkins side and shutdown the entire field similar to the New York Jets.

2.) Philadelphia Eagles - Asante Samuel is a perennial Pro Bowler but who is on the other side? Dimitri Patterson? The Eagles have shown interest in Asomugha in the past and I'm sure they would love to block the Cowboys from acquiring such a great talent. Also, he would greatly help the 32nd ranked redzone pass defense.

3.) Minnesota Vikings - When you play in a division with Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Greg Jennings and Calvin Johnson, you need to be able to cover people. Winfield is getting long in the tooth and Asomugha could be the perfect replacement for him.

4.) Miami Dolphins - Similar to the Vikings, Asomugha fills a need for the Dolphins to stop Tom Brady. The only way the Dolphins make the playoffs is to shutdown the Patriots offense. Partnering Asomugha and an up-and-coming star in Vontae Davis could be just the duo that the Dolphins need to make a run in the AFC East.

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.

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:14 am

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

Did no one watch the last quarter of the season? Cause if you did, you saw the Lions win every game...with a 3rd string quarterback. The Lions finally have good managment and a solid defensive-minded coach.  Asomugha would take the Lions defense from good to elite. Are defensive line pushed around people all season, and with a corner who can play man to man as good as anyone, our D becomes formidable to any offense. Get your Lions jokes in, HURRY HURRY!!! because next year, you shall feel the Lions Roar!

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 9:59 am

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

There are a lot of teams that could use Asomugha's services but lets be realistic, he's not going to any perennial losers like the Lions, Browns or Bills. If anything, Asomugha will end up on a team like Dallas or Philadelphia who both are desperate for secondary help.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 9:40 am

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

barry sanders averaged 35 cathes a year...tomlinson, arguably one of the best out of the back field averaged 50, only 15 more than sanders and sanders had a better y/r at over 8 say he was a liability recieving is retarded. 

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 9:31 am

Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voided by odd clause

@DynastyofPats... I agree with or at least understand your comments about good players being trapped with bad teams but I wholeheartedly disagree with your player example.  Barry Sanders was a great RUNNER but not a great running back.  He was a liability when it came to receiving, blocking not to mention he lost yards every 3.31 carries during his career.  If anything, the pretty runs were just that, "pretty" but his shortcomings as a player were just as responsible for many of their losing outcomes.  Of course, most of this is moot as the Lions had winning records and went to the playoffs FIVE out of the TEN seasons he played in Detroit (look it up) - most/any player would kill for that ratio.  

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