The biggest free-agent signing from 2011 has been cut.
The Eagles released CB Nnamdi Asomugha just minutes before the 2013 league year began on Tuesday.
Asomugha signed a five-year, $50 million contract in 2011. The release saves the Eagles about $9 million in cap space.
"Coach Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class," said Eagles GM Howie Roseman. "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.”
In two seasons in Philly, Asomugha played in all 32 games, recording 95 tackles, 17 passes defensed and four interceptions. He did not earn a Pro Bowl nod.
Asmoguha, who will turn 32 in July, has 71 career passes defensed and 15 interceptions. He has missed only six games in 10 NFL seasons.