Nnamdi Asomugha Secures Spot On The 49ers
By Adam Hurst
Nnamdi Asomugha has secured a spot with the San Francisco 49ers, according to Eric Branch of The Chronicle. The 32-year-old showed there’s enough left in the tank during training camp and preseason, earning him a backup role for starting corners Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown.
Asomugha was considered one of the top cornerbacks in the game when he left the Oakland Raiders and signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles two years ago. However, his performance in Philadelphia left many to suspect the cornerback was past his prime.
Asomugha signed a one-year contract with the 49ers with little guarantees attached. When Asomugha arrived in the Bay Area, there were those who had doubts: 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio called out Asomugha early in training camp. However, the veteran proved to have a chip on his shoulder and ultimately showed enough to the team to earn him first licks off the bench at corner.
Based on his performance in the preseason and certainly the unfortunate injury to Chris Culliver, who has a torn ACL and is expected to miss the entire season, Asomugha will get his chance with the defending NFC Champions.