National Football League
                     === Eagles cut ties with Asomugha ===
 Philadelphia,  PA (Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Eagles formally released
 cornerback  Nnamdi Asomugha  just before  the start  of Tuesday's  free agency
 period,  putting an end to the once-coveted cover man's disappointing two-year
 tenure with the team.
 The  Eagles  signed Asomugha,  widely considered  to be the  prize of the 2011
 free-agent class, to a lucrative five-year, $60-million pact shortly after the
 lockout,  but the four-time All-Pro generally failed to meet expectations over
 his two seasons and was scheduled to earn $15 million in 2013.
 Philadelphia  will  still owe Asomugha, who  had been among the league's elite
 corners during his eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders, $4 million for this
 coming  season, but weren't able to reach an agreement with the 31-year-old on
 a restructured pact.
 "We  spoke to  his representatives at the Combine about his future status with
 the  team  and wanted  to take  time to  analyze and  make a decision," Eagles
 general  manager  Howie Roseman said in  a statement. "In the end, Coach [Chip
 Kelly]  and  I both  felt we  needed to move  in a  different direction at the
 cornerback position for 2013 and beyond."
 Asomugha  played  in all 32  games with the Eagles  over the past two seasons,
 recording a total of four interceptions and 17 passes defensed, but was one of
 the  prime culprits  in a  shoddy secondary  that permitted  a league-high  33
 touchdowns through the air during Philadelphia's rough 4-12 campaign of 2012.
 "Coach  Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took
 the  news with  a lot of class,"  said Roseman. "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."
 A first-round draft choice of Oakland in 2003, Asomugha went to three straight
 Pro Bowls with the Raiders from 2008-10 prior to joining the Eagles.
 03/12 18:15:31 ET