Less than 2½ years ago, Nnamdi Asomugha was one of the NFL's most sought-after free agents. Now, he says he's done with football.
Asomugha's longtime team, the Oakland Raiders, announced Thursday night the veteran cornerback will announce his retirement Friday afternoon at a press conference at team headquarters.
The 11-year veteran had been out of work since the San Francisco 49ers cut him Nov. 5. Asomugha, 32, appeared in only three games (one start) for the 49ers after signing a one-year, $1.35 million contract that included another $1.65 million in incentives.
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It was a far cry from the five-year, $60 million deal Asomugha signed in July 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles, who paid him more than $25 million before releasing him in March.
Asomugha spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Raiders, going to the Pro Bowl three straight years from 2008 to 2010. A first-round draft pick (31st overall) out of California in 2003, Asomugha finishes his career with 15 interceptions, 72 passes defended and two sacks.
Fellow former Raiders defensive backs Willie Brown, Lester Hayes and Charles Woodson — who's back for a second go-round with the team — will attend the retirement announcement, the team said.
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