The contract of CB Nnamdi Asomugha has been voided, making the Pro Bowler a free agent without the Raiders being able to use their franchise tag on him, according to an NFLPA document. The news was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Asomugha failed to reach certain incentives in 2010, including playing a greater number of defensive plays than he did in '09 or recording more interceptions, fumble recoveries or sacks this season. An ankle injury forced the corner to miss two games, eliminating his chance of playing in more snaps than he did a year ago when he played in all 16 Raiders contests. And he didn't have a single interception, fumble recovery or sack on the year.
The contract contained a stipulation that if he didn't achieve his incentives, the Raiders would agree not to designate him their franchise or transition player, according to Schefter.
The way we see it
This is a huge piece of news for Asomugha, the Raiders and any team in the market for a Pro Bowl cornerback. Asomugha will likely be the top defensive player on the market this spring, and it will be interesting to see if Al Davis is willing to pay him the big bucks (again) to return to Oakland.