Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha's contract voided and he will be allowed to become a free agent without the Oakland Raiders being able to use their franchise tag on him, Raiders senior executive John Herrera confirmed Sunday.
Asomugha’s deal included a little-known clause that said his contract would void if he didn’t achieve his not-likely-to-be-earned incentives in 2010 -- and he didn'’t.
His contract also contained a stipulation that if he didn’t achieve his incentives, the Raiders would agree not to designate him their franchise or transition player.
"We have to wait on the ramifications of the new CBA to be able to move on," Herrera said.
To achieve his incentives, Asomugha had to play in a greater number of defensive plays in 2010 than he did in 2009, and this season Asomugha played in only 14 games whereas he played in all 16 in 2009.
He also could have achieved his incentives by improving upon on his interceptions, fumble recoveries or sacks this season -- but he didn't have any interceptions, fumble recoveries or sacks this season.
Asomugha will be the top defensive player available whenever free agency begins.
Oakland could have many other key free agents this offseason depending on the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Richard Seymour, safety Michael Huff, cornerback Stanford Routt, tight end Zach Miller, left guard Robert Gallery and running back Michael Bush are among the Raiders' other potential free agents.
Asomugha is one of the league's best man-to-man cornerbacks, with most teams choosing not to throw to his side of the field. According to STATS LLC, Asomugha was targeted on just 33 pass attempts this season. He allowed 13 completions for 205 yards and no touchdowns, burnishing his reputation as a shutdown cornerback.
Asomugha was a first-round pick by the Raiders in 2003. After some struggles early in career as he moved from safety to cornerback, Asomugha has emerged as one of the league's top cornerbacks the past five years. He was recently selected to his third straight Pro Bowl.
But despite the strong play from Asomugha, the Raiders have been unable to put a winning team on the field in his eight years in Oakland. The team lost at least 11 games for an NFL worst seven straight years in Asomugha's first eight seasons before improving to 8-8 this year.
That improvement did not satisfy owner Al Davis, who announced last week that he would not pick up the option on coach Tom Cable's contract. The Raiders are now searching for their sixth coach since 2003, with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson the leading contender.
Well this could very well be it for Nnamdi and the Raiders. I know that Al Davis is going to really try to hold on to this guy but he may want to go to a contender so he can win before he calls it quits. Who can blame him? He deserves to win.
01/15/2011 - 08:58 PM PST
Nnamdi Asomugha: I would love to be back (in Oakland)
"There's a chance, there's a good chance," Asomugha answered.
"It's funny, because I hear you say it, and I've been doing interviews all day and I hear a lot of people saying, 'No longer an Oakland Raider,' 'You are not a,' you know, this, that, and the other, but anything could happen at this point," the (former) Raiders corner continued. "When you go into free agency, and you have options, any team is up for you to be on. So the Raiders, obviously with me having been there for so long, have a great shot at it.
I would love to be back," said Asomugha. "I would love to be back, but you know like we said, anything can happen, and I do have options. So, we'll see what happens."
He's important and hopefully he'll be back with the Raiders for a new contract.
01/19/2011 - 01:00 AM PST
I hope so too, but I don't think that Al Davis should give him another huge contract. We could get about 2 or 3 decent players for his 1 huge contract. The Raiders desperately need a gamebreaking WR and could also use the extra money they have left over from NOT signing Nnamdi. I hope he doesn't ask for too much.
01/19/2011 - 01:11 AM PST
Al Davis unsure if Nnamdi Asomugha will be back
Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis said Tuesday, Jan. 18, that he wouldn't know whether or not CB Nnamdi Asomugha would be brought back after the final year of his contract was voided, reports The Associated Press. Davis hinted that the Raiders would have cut him instead of picking up an option that was set to be worth at least $16.8 million. "Can that $17 million bring you two or three quality players to help you win?"