The 2010 season might be the last for Nnamdi Asomugha as an Oakland Raider.
On Sunday, the Raiders confirmed that Asomugha’s contract has been voided, making the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback a free agent.
“The contract is voided but we have to wait on the ramifications of the new CBA to move on,” said senior executive John Herrera.
Entering the final year of a three-year, $45.3 million contract, Asomugha was set to make $16.8 million or the average of the top five quarterback salaries this season. However, the contract included a clause that voided the final year of the deal if Asomugha did not meet a list of incentives.
The incentives in Asomugha’s contract required that he improve upon his interception, fumble recovery and sack totals in 2009. Asomugha recorded only one interception in 2009 and did not have a fumble recovery or a sack. In 2010, Asomugha missed two games due to an ankle injury and did not record any of the required statistics.
Asomugha’s contract also included a stipulation that if Asomugha did not achieve the incentives, the Raiders would not designate him a franchise or transition player.
Asomugha now joins a slew of key Raiders whose contracts could expire. Potential free agents include defensive tackle Richard Seymour, tight end Zach Miller, running back Michael Bush, left guard Robert Gallery, free safety Michael Huff and cornerback Stanford Routt.
However, until a new collective bargaining is reached, there will be no offseason player movement.
As a free agent, Asomugha would be the top defensive player on the open market. Despite a slow start to his career, Asomugha has established himself as the premier cover corner in the NFL. His low interception totals are indicative of his reputation as a defender and opposing offenses’ weariness to throw in his direction. This past season, Asomugha did not allow a single touchdown pass thrown against him and also recorded only six pass deflections.
His defensive backfield partner, Michael Huff, responded to the news via Twitter, saying, “Looks like Nnamdi is hitting the market. So he’s a free agent, I’m a free agent, and [Stanford] Routt is a free agent. This is gonna be interesting.”