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The fall from NFL grace is like that of an apple from a tree; hard, bruising, and suddenly there’s the feeling of no longer being wanted. That’s what’s happened to Nnamdi Asomugha, who came into the league green, then ripened into the league’s best cornerback, and he’s since has been bruised by the league’s best receivers on a weekly basis. That is as long as he was active, which isn’t the case any longer.

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New York Jets v Philadelphia Eagles

UPDATE: The Eagles have officially released Asomugha.

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According to Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles will release Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha today. Asomugha signed a five-year, $60 million deal in 2011 with the Eagles and was part of the revamp of the Eagles roster that has yet to pay dividends.

 

 

Asomugha made the Pro Bowl each year from 2008 to 2010 and is a four time All Pro player. Last season, he started all 16 games for the Eagles and put up 47 solo tackles as well as one interception.

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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…

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‘Tis the season for cringes whenever that awful thwack of equipment colliding rings out over the practice field. That sound is always cause for alarm, but especially during training camp, when a key player could potentially be lost for the season before he’s contributed during even a single meaningful snap.

We’re pushing ahead to a time when the world is abandoned on Sundays and Monday and Thursday nights for football consumption. But we’re still nearly a month (27 days) away from the day when most teams open the regular season, leaving plenty of time for busted bones and tweaked muscles during preseason games, or worse, routine practice drills. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is already out for up to six weeks, the same amount of time that Pat Angerer will be sidelined after the Colts’ middle linebacker who had 148 tackles last year fractured his foot during yesterday’s preseason win over St. Louis.

The Eagles already dodged a potentially damaging blow after Michael Vick’s hand injury was little more than a contusion. Now they’ll need to seduce lady luck again after a scary incident today in practice involving defensive backs Nnamdi Asomugha and Nate Allen.

Perhaps a sign using clever word alliteration will work.

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