By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, January 9th, 2011 at 10:45 am in Oakland Raiders.
The deal us undone.
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will be a free agent, his contract voiding after failing to meet a number of likely-to-be-earned incentives in 2010.
“The contract is voided but we have to wait on all the ramifications of the CBA before we really move on from there,” Raiders senior executive John Herrera said Sunday morning.
The contract would not have voided, according to one league source, had Asomugha recorded an interception or sack. Another trigger was fumble recoveries, of which Asomugha had none.
Asomugha joins a large list of players not under contract through 2011, although it won’t be known until a collective bargaining agreement is reached between the NFLPA and ownership which ones will be completely free to leave.
There will be no player movement until a CBA is reached.
As Raiders free safety Michael Huff noted in his Twitter account, “Looks like Nnamdi is on the market . . . so he’s a free agent. I’m a free agent and routt is a free agent. This is gonna be interesting.”
Had Asomugha met a likely-to-be-earned incentive, the Raiders would have had the option of keeping him for another season at a minimum of $16.8 million (or the the average of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL, whichever was higher).
If the new CBA has a salary cap of any kind, it could have made it difficult to keep Asomugha at that kind of money when they have so many other free agents are on the market.
Other players’ whose contracts expire include defensive end Richard Seymour, guard Robert Gallery, tight end Zach Miller, running back Michael Bush, defensive tackle John Henderson.
Miller and Bush would only be unrestricted free agents if a new CBA allows for four-year players to be declared as unrestricted.
If a franchise or transition tag is included in a new CBA, the Raiders would be able to restrict movement, as they did with Seymour last season and Asomugha following the 2008 season.
The Asomugha story was originally reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.