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When you start punching Nnamdi Asomugha’s name into Google, this happens…

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Many wonders of the Internet still surprise me even though there are maybe eight waking minutes every day when I’m not consumed by the web’s various connected tubes. But it’s amazing that enough people searched to see if Nnamdi Asomugha does indeed suck to make it the second highest result behind his name.

The Eagles have an answer to that question: yes. Or at least Asomugha sucks relative to what he’s getting paid, which is so very, very much. When he was the prized catch of the abbreviated free agency period following the lockout, Asomugha was given a five-year contract worth $60 million, $25 million of which is guaranteed. And of that total sum, he’s due to be paid $15 million in 2013 ($4 million guaranteed).

That’s anchor defined for a team entering a rebuilding phase, which is why this is likely happening…

The move will be greeted with little surprise. Asomugha was burned repeatedly throughout this past season, allowing an opposing passer rating of 120.6 on balls thrown in his direction, and a completion percentage of 66.7 according to Pro Football Focus. That latter number is especially startling when we remember that between 2008 and 2010 in Oakland, Asomugha allowed a completion percentage of 57.5.

Yet somehow as Darrelle Revis’ New York exodus begins and is thoroughly discussed daily, we forget that Revis is still one of the league’s best defenders, and he’s due to be paid $6 million in 2013. My rough arithmetic indicates the far inferior Asomugha is then set to make $9 million more.

Last week throughout the Scouting Combine it was widely reported that the Eagles had made their decision to move on. Now it appears that’s coming to fruition, and Asomugha will join the salary cap purge that’s already seen the dismantling of the Dream Team with Cullen Jenkins jettisoned, and earlier in the season Jason Babin was also given a pretty pink paper.

Oh what’s that you say? Maybe this isn’t happening?

 

Sigh. We’ll hover over this sucker and update it as more information becomes available.

Regardless, Asomugha’s play and the Eagles’ direction (you must destroy it, and then rebuild it) dictate this will have one of two endings: Asomugha playing elsewhere, or the cornerback restructuring his contract and taking a massive pay cut.

UPDATE: You can pretty much ignore everything written above now. Well, expect the stuff about Asomugha really sucking, and therefore he’ll almost surely be cut soon. Just not today…