Nnamdi Asomugha

Philadelphia Eagles corner back Nnamdi Asomugha (24) lines up against the offense during the teams NFL football training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa, Thursday, July 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

RICH SCHULTZ

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha's disappointing tenure with the Eagles ended today.

The team released him just minutes before the start of the free agency signing period, thus ending his stint in Philadelphia after just two seasons.

"Coach (Chip) Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Tuesday in a statement. "We expected nothing less than that from him. He has been a true pro on and off the field for this organization and our community and we wish him all the best as he continues his NFL career."

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Asomugha signed a six-year, $60 million contract with the Eagles on July 29, 2012 that included $25 million guaranteed. After he struggled for two seasons, the Eagles asked him to take a paycut, but he evidently declined.

"We spoke to his representatives at the Combine (in Indianapolis earlier this month) about his future status with the team and wanted to take time to analyze and make a decision," Roseman said. "In the end, coach and I both felt we needed to move in a different direction at the cornerback position for 2013 and beyond."

Asomugha played in 32 games for the Eagles. He netted 107 tackles, four interceptions and 20 pass knockdowns. In 2012, he had just one interception.

Minutes after Asomugha was released, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie became an unrestricted free agent, leaving the Eagles without both of their starting cornerbacks from the 2012 season. Miami's cornerback Sean Smith, who is also became a free agent Tuesday, is believed to be on their wish list of possible replacements.

Asomugha became the fourth player to be cut by the Eagles this offseason, following tackle Demetress Bell, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and defensive tackle Mike Patterson.

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