Why Nnamdi Should Have Been Waived by the 49ers

Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: 49ers, 49ers 2013, 49ers Injuries, Ninernoise.com, Niners, Nnamdi Asomugha, San Francisco 49ers

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  • QU477R0

    corny pun was corny

  • loverpoint

    So you say Brock has proved himself, really, when? Not during head to head competition in preseason, and no Brock did not mysteriously get better once Asomugha got hurt. If Brock truly was the better cornerback then maybe Donatelli, Fangio, and Baalke are not that good at evaluating talent otherwise they would have chose Brock and released Asomugha long ago, maybe the reason they didn’t was because Asomugha stayed after practice and helped younger players perfect their game . After all they did let go Marcus Cooper, whom Asomugha was helping, Cooper is now showing the ability to play at Kansas City and contributing to their 9-0 season. I guess that because Donatelli drafted Cox that he has a soft spot in his heart for him and that is why he chose to drop Asomugha and not Cox, it was also the 49er brain trust that decided Craig Dahl was a better player than Charles Woodson. Oh Well.

    Why has Brock shined in his brief space and time? Well, #1 he was Asomughas backup and other teams felt this is a DB that can be exploited because he was #3 behind Culliver and Asomugha so opposing QB’s felt they should test him, thus he has been targeted much more than Asomugha who throughout his career has kept QB’s from throwing in his direction. When Asomugha was on the field QB’s targeted Terrell Brown and Carlos Rogers much more, and that is the reason Brown was being beat so early in the season. #2, Brocks gambles, jumping routes paid off big in his first game against Houston were he proved once again that Schaub likes throwing Pick 6es. But Brock has also gotten burned because of his gambles ( Jacksonvilles only TD came against him, and if it were not for the slippery hands of a Jacksonville WR there would have been 2 TD’s ) #3 Brock has had the privilege of playing against the 5 weakest opponents on the 49ers schedule so far and weak QB’s . Asomugha went against Rodgers, Wilson, and Luck. Brock has had Clemmons ( 3-6 ) , Schaub ( 2-6) no longer the QB, Palmer ( 4-4 ) ,a hobbling Locker ( 4-4 ) , and Henne ( 0-8 ).

    The last time the 49ers played a QB that tested their secondary was Carson Palmer. In that game the 49ers were inept inside the RED ZONE and had to settle for 2 FG’s. Then Palmer threw a 75 yard TD against Brock and Whitner ( 7-6 ). The second score for AZ was when they ran right past Brock and he missed a tackle on a 15 yard run. AZ got their 3rd TD against Terrell Brown.

    It is really amazing how an Interception can make fans forget about the many mistakes a player makes. Let me say that it was a mistake by the 49ers to let Asomugha go. Will this come back to haunt them ? Only is Nnambi wants to continue his career, in which case I’m sure he will go to New Orleans. Or if he decides to retire and be with his wife Kerry Washington as they await their first child.