Sunday, December 29, 2013

The End Of The Road For Asomugha

Considered one of the best cornerbacks of the last decade, Nnamdi Asomugha signed one day contract with the Oakland Raiders to announce his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons.
After eight seasons in Oakland, Asomugha decided to join a team with more possibilities to win a championship ring and arrived in 2011 to Philadelphia. The Eagles were one of the favorites in the NFC to play at Super Bowl XLVI, according to Sports Betting Dime.
He signed a five year, 60 million contract with the Eagles, but injuries and a different system of play made him one of the biggest disappointments. Asomugha was known for his skills in man to man coverage; however, the Eagles used him in zone defense.
He was released after two years, leaving Philadelphia win only four interceptions in 32 games. Before the 2013 season, the ex-cornerback of California agreed to one year with the San Francisco 49ers, but he played only in three games, one as a starter, and was waived in November to make room for defensive back Eric Wright.
Many believed that he benefited from the way the rivals played against Oakland, which in that time was one of the worst defenses against the run and they didn’t need to throw the ball. The opposite teams took the lead in several games and preferred to run to control the game and got the win.
A first-round draft pick in 2003, Asomugha arrived to Oakland one year after the Raiders lost Super Bowl XXXVII, so he played his entire career with teams without winning record. From 2003 to 2010, the silver and black only won 50 games and lost 91; meanwhile the Eagles finished 8-8 in 2011 and 4-12 in 2012.
The Raiders signed Asomugha to a three year 45.3 million contract in 2009, making him the NFL's highest paid player. He was selected three times to the Pro Bowl and finished with 15 interceptions, one touchdown and 355 tackles.
He will be remembered as the cornerback less challenged by opposing quarterbacks when he was with the Raiders, but also as one of the bests who never played in a Playoff game.