Eagles release cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha

Brian McIntyre

Two seasons after signing cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to a five-year, $60 million contract, the Philadelphia Eagles parted ways with the three-time Pro Bowler, announcing his release less than 30 minutes before the start of the 2013 league year.

"Coach [Chip] Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a statement. "We expected nothing less than that from him. He has been a true pro on and off the field for this organization and our community and we wish him all the best as he continues his NFL career. We spoke to his representatives at the Combine about his future status with the team and wanted to take time to analyze and make a decision. In the end, Coach and I both felt we needed to move in a different direction at the cornerback position for 2013 and beyond."

Asomugha was a centerpiece of a flurry of free-agent signings the Eagles made following the 2011 lockout. The former Oakland Raiders cornerback signed a $12 million per year contract that included $25 million in guaranteed money. Asomugha was scheduled to earn $15 million in base salary in 2013, $4 million of which is guaranteed this season.

By releasing Asomugha, who did not receive a signing bonus, the Eagles will save $11 million in cap space in 2013.

In two seasons with the Eagles, Asomugha started 31 of 32 games and had four interceptions with 17 passes defensed. Over his 10-year career, the former first-round pick out of Cal has 15 interceptions and71 passes defensed.

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