NFL roundup: Eagles want to restructure Asomugha's contract

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The Philadelphia Eagles want cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to redo his contract or he could face the possibility of the team releasing him, ESPN reported Friday.
Basically, if Asomugha refuses to take a pay cut, the Eagles will cut him. He is due to be paid $15 million this season, with $4 million guaranteed whether or not he's with the team, as part of a five-year, $60 million contract he signed in 2011.
The Eagles and Asomugha's representatives are scheduled to meet Friday in Indianapolis during the NFL Scouting Combine, according to ESPN.
Asomugha, 31, has been considered a disappointment with the Eagles after going to three Pro Bowls while playing for the Oakland Raiders from 2003 to 2010. He has four interceptions and 95 tackles in his two seasons with Philadelphia.

---The Atlanta Falcons are expected to release running back Michael Turner after five seasons with the franchise, ESPN reported.
Turner, 31, is due $6.9 million next season.
His production dropped last year when he rushed for 800 yards, averaging 3.6 yards per carry, and 10 touchdowns while sharing time with second-year running back Jacquizz Rodgers.

---Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the NFL.
Birk, 36, met with elementary school students in Baltimore on Friday morning as a community reading center dedication and then said his playing days were over.
"I've enjoyed playing football," he said. "But as much as playing football, I've enjoyed doing this (community service)."
Asked why he was retiring, Birk said, "I'm old. I've got six kids. It's time to do something else."

---Longtime Buffalo Bills safety George Wilson has agreed to contract terms with the Tennessee Titans.
The deal is for two years and $4 million, with incentives boosting the package to $5 million, according to
George, a free agent after he was waived earlier this month, served as one of the Bills' captains for the past five years, but the team deemed Wilson and his $2.9 million salary expendable.
The Titans were pleased to land the 31-year-old veteran who started 16 games for Buffalo last season.

---The NFL Players' Association is not in favor of possible changes to the league's offseason calendar that would include moving the scouting combine to March and the draft to May, according to a report.
The league is considering an April start for free agency in addition to moving the combine from February to March and the draft from April to May to give it a news event in the three months after the Super Bowl, ESPN reported Thursday.
But the NFLPA wouldn't be on board because it would push the offseason further into the summer, according to a report by USA Today on Friday. The NFLPA has not officially commented on the subject.

---New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin will be 67 by the time the next NFL season begins, but in his mind it's not retirement age.
Coughlin addressed questions at the NFL Scouting Combine about when he will decide to step away from the game.
"I approach each year the way I've always approached it," Coughlin said, according to "I mean, the energy's flowing good, I'm excited about it, and looking forward to this offseason, getting our football team together again. Maybe at some point I'll get the message, but it certainly isn't right now."
Coughlin's contract runs through 2014.

---Dr. James Andrews likes the progress that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has made in his recovery from knee surgery.
Andrews, the noted surgeon and Redskins team doctor, said that Griffin is way ahead of schedule on his road to recovery from the major knee procedure performed last month. But he noted that there's more work ahead.
"We've got him well on his way," Andrews told NFL Network. "He is an unbelievable athlete as you well know. His recovery is way ahead of schedule so far. We don't have to do much but try to hold him back, if you want to know the truth.
"Our whole mode for him, though, is to do what is best for his career, not necessarily what is best for the first game next season. So all of that has to be put on hold and let him get well."

---Andrews told ESPN that South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore might be ready to play by the beginning of the NFL season.
Lattimore tore three major ligaments and dislocated his right knee against Tennessee in October.
Andrews said that Lattimore is ahead of schedule in rehabilitating the knee.

---Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told that the team will retain nose tackle Jay Ratliff despite his recent DUI arrest and the $5 million he is due to make this season.
Ratliff is coming off a season in which he had 16 tackles in six games and was unable to stay healthy.
Despite that, Garrett said he "absolutely" expects Ratliff to be on the 2013 roster and that he is highly productive when healthy. Garrett also expects Ratliff to fit in well with the defense's new 4-3 alignment.

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