Asomugha's options: Redo deal or be cut

Eric Edholm
December 21, 2012
Eagles release CB Asomugha

The Eagles figure to look very different in the secondary next season. They already have benched starting S Nate Allen and don’t appear to be infatuated with Kurt Coleman, either. And as shaky as the cornerback play has been at times, it would surprise no one if there are changes there, too.

Nnamdi Asomugha has been a popular guy in Philadelphia to pick on. And, frankly, given his salary situation — only $4 million of his $15 million salary for 2013 is guaranteed — he easily could be axed without long-term ramifications. Considering all of their free-agent spending in recent years, the Eagles are fairly deft at manipulating the salary cap and not leaving themselves in purgatory for bad deals.

But Asomugha could return in ’13. In order for him to do so, he’ll need to redo his contract. Money could be shifted around in some way, such as into guaranteed cash up front, but the team would need to work on that base number of $15 million.

The fact is, they still need answers at cornerback, a position at which they have drafted a number of players the past few years, even with rookie Brandon Boykin a bright spot. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, an impending free agent, has been inconsistent, too, but he likely will be given another shot to improve because he’s young with potential to improve. It’s surprising they have not signed the 26-year-old to a deal, considering the way the Eagles do business. They typically lock up their young players long term two, even three, years ahead of their contracts expiring.