Nnamdi Asomugha once was the best cornerback in the NFL. Today he is a free agent. This is for good reason. The San Francisco 49ers signed Asomugha in April for a meager $3 million potential dollars. He earned about $1.5 million of that. Though he started the season as the 3rd cornerback — already a far cry from where he once was across the Bay as an Oakland Raider, an injury sidelined him and opened the way for Tramaine Brock to prove himself. Brock did.
It is definitely sad a player who was once so incredible that no one ever threw to him become a shell of his former self. Without his former number, now without even a team, Asomugha has little going for him now. On the bright side for him, perhaps he will be picked up off of waivers and not be a healthy scratch on gamedays.
For the 49ers, however, it was time to part ways. Many players are returning from injuries and there are only so many spots on the roster. An inactive 4th (now, perhaps, would be 5th with Eric Wright being activated off of the Non-Football-Injury list) cornerback does very little good on a roster that does not need him. Cuts cannot be made sentimentally, or with too much regard to salary and name recognition. The 49ers did the right thing — and the Wright thing — in releasing Asomugha.