NFL free agency roundup: Nnamdi Asomugha agrees to deal with 49ers
|04.03.13 at 10:43 am ET|
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha agreed to a one-year deal with the 49ers on Tuesday that could pay as much as $3 million a year.
Asomugha spent his first eight NFL seasons, from 2003-10, with the Raiders, so the Bay Area is familiar to him. His deal has no guaranteed money: He’s due for a base package of $1.35 million with salary and bonuses, and could earn up to $1.65 million in additional incentives for playing time, awards and reaching the playoffs.
That’s a dip from where Asomugha would have been this year had the Eagles not released him on March 12. He had been scheduled to make $15 million this year, with $4 million guaranteed, on the five-year deal he signed with Philadelphia in 2011.
Asomugha’s representative, Ben Dogra, said that Asomugha is expected to sign the deal Wednesday.
• The Raiders traded quarterback Carson Palmer to the Cardinals on Tuesday as part of a package that also included the Cardinals sending a sixth-round pick, Oakland sending a seventh-round pick, and Oakland receiving a conditional seventh-round pick if Palmer starts 13 games for Arizona in 2013, according to ESPN.
Palmer also agreed to a new contract with the Cardinals, who did not disclose the terms of the deal. According to ESPN, the contract is for two years and $16 million. Palmer had been scheduled to make $13 million with Oakland this season.
In 2012, Palmer, 33, had a strong season for a struggling Raiders team. He completed 61.1 percent of his passes and threw for 4,018 yards in 15 games, the second-most ever for the Raiders, as Oakland went 4-12.
Of going to Arizona, he said, “I’ve only got a couple of shots left. I’ve been in this league for a long time. It’s nothing personal, it’s not statistical, it’s about trying to win a championship.”
• Although their cap situation is tight, the Redskins still believe they can bring in cornerback Antoine Winfield, according to The Washington Post.
Washington recently re-signed DeAngelo Hall to a deal believed to be worth just more than $2 million, leaving little space for Winfield unless the team works to restructure contracts or release players. The Post’s source said that hasn’t deterred Winfield from wanting to come to Washington in 2013, which will be his 15th season.
“At this point in his career, [Winfield] wants to win, and [Washington] has made moves to further solidify the roster, and re-signing Hall only helps. Their games complement each other,” the source said.
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