SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers made it official with free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, signing him to a one-year contract Wednesday that could pay him as much as $3 million.
Asomugha and the reigning NFC champions reached agreement on the deal Tuesday. The contract has no guaranteed money. Asomugha is due to earn a base package of $1.35 million with salary and bonuses, and could make an additional $1.65 million in incentives for playing time, awards such as the Pro Bowl and reaching the playoffs.
The former All-Pro was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on March 12 after two disappointing seasons — and now he is ready to help the 49ers return to the Super Bowl and win after losing 34-31 to the Ravens on Feb. 3 in New Orleans. Now, he gets another start right back where his football career began.
He had 55 tackles and an interception last season, and finished his two-year stint with the Eagles with 95 tackles and four interceptions.
The 31-year-old Asomugha spent his first eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders from 2003-2010. They selected him 31st overall in the first round of the 2003 draft out of nearby California in Berkeley. He made three Pro Bowls during his time with Oakland.
Asomugha will join a San Francisco secondary featuring returning starters in safety Donte Whitner and cornerback Carlos Rogers, and new safety Craig Dahl. Dahl signed a three-year contract on March 16 as San Francisco found an apparent replacement after Dashon Goldson received a five-year deal from Tampa Bay at the start of the NFL's free agency period.
Before his release in Philadelphia on the first day of free agency last month, Asomugha had been due to make $15 million this season, including $4 million guaranteed, after signing a $60 million, five-year deal with the Eagles in 2011.