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Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract voids, heading to free agency


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If you thought firing Tom Cable annoyed Raiders fans, you haven’t seen anything yet.


Adam Schefter of ESPN dropped a bombshell Sunday morning: Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract has voided because of a previously unknown option in his contract to void the rest of his deal and enter free agency.


Even the Raiders appear surprised by the development. They thought they had a team option to keep Asomugha for the 2012 season at $16.8 million or the quarterback franchise tag number, whichever was higher. But Asomugha had a “little known” clause that said his deal would void if he didn’t achieve his not-likely-to-be-earned incentives in 2010.


Asomugha played fewer snaps in 2010 than 2009, and had fewer interceptions, fumble recoveries or sacks. That voided the deal. So Asomugha’s quieter season works against the Raiders in a few ways.


The Raiders can’t stop Asomugha from leaving if he wants to go. The contract also says they can’t use the franchise tag on him.


Only 30 and arguably the league’s best cornerback over the last five years as a whole, Asomugha figures to become one of the highest paid defensive players in history whenever free agency starts up again.



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