The theory that the Oakland Raiders planned to void Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract all along seems to be gaining steam.
It was revealed last weekend that the Pro Bowl cornerback’s contract was voided because he failed to reach certain performance triggers and played fewer downs in 2010 than in 2009. Was this the plan all along?
Yes, according to PFT’s Mike Florio.
If the Raiders fail to re-sign Asomugha they will receive a compensatory draft pick in 2012.
He was due to earn a nearly $17 million salary next season that would be become guaranteed on the fifth day of the league year. That’s a lot of money for somebody at that position and an even heftier sum for a franchise with recent attendance woes.
That’s not to say Al Davis isn’t willing to back up the truck. He clearly is. However, the Raiders now can try to re-sign Asomugha at a lower cost or they will receive a draft pick from the team that winds up signing him.
It’s still anybody’s guess as to whether Asomugha actually leaves town. At least one Raiders expert feels he’s not going anywhere. That said, there are also two Washington Redskins players who would love to have him on their team next season. That probably goes for every team in the league, actually.