According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, if the Philadelphia Eagles decid to bench cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha from here on out, they would save a lot of money.
Another option for the Eagles would be to release Asomugha after the season, since there wouldn’t be a cap hit.
Benching Asomugha now, however could save the team future money in the event that he is back in Philadelphia next season and still playing out this contract.
Asomugha, who received $25 million guaranteed when he signed in July 2011, made $10 million in 2011 and makes $11 million this season. His base salary jumps to $15 million in 2013, with $4 million fully guaranteed, However, there is a $3 million de-escalator in the contract, according to league sources, should Asomugha fail to reach 90 percent playing time in either 2011 or 2012.
With a month left to play and the Eagles’ season seemingly coming apart, it’s a dynamic worth watching. There is no proration in the deal, so if the Eagles did move away from Asomugha as part of their 2013 transition, they would suffer no cap hit. Trading him, given how high his contract is, could be tricky, though a renegotiation could be looming whether he stays or goes. It’s hard to imagine anyone paying him that kind of salary next season.
It’s time for the Eagles to cut their losses and dump Asomugha who’s done nothing to earn his contract.