On the opening of the 2013 league year and the start of free agency, the Eagles have announced the release of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who was signed at the opening of free agency during the summer of 2011. Asomugha, 31, played two seasons with the Eagles, playing in all 32 games and recording four interceptions.
After earning Pro Bowl honors each year from 2008-2010, Asomugha received no such honors during his next two seasons with the Eagles. The release of Asomugha will reportedly save the team about $9 million in salary cap space.
"Coach Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class," said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. "We expected nothing less than that from him. He has been a true pro on and off the field for this organization and our community and we wish him all the best as he continues his NFL career. We spoke to his representatives at the Combine about his future status with the team and wanted to take time to analyze and make a decision. In the end, Coach and I both felt we needed to move in a different direction at the cornerback position for 2013 and beyond."
With Asomugha released and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie hitting free agency, the Eagles currently have six cornerbacks on the roster: Brandon Boykin, Curtis Marsh, Brandon Hughes, Trevard Lindley, Eddie Whitley and Chris Hawkins.
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