Nnamdi Asomugha, the shut-down cornerback who was supposed to galvanize the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense, used to eat lunch in his car during practices instead of dining with his teammates last season, according to a report on WIP Radio in Philadelphia.
WIP Radio’s Hollis Thomas, who played for the Eagles from 1996 to 2005, cited unnamed sources in making the report. Thomas said the source told him that Asomugha called it “me time” and chose to eat in his car over eating with other players.
It was an example of how detached the Pro Bowl player was to his team. Meanwhile, the Eagles have asked Asomugha, 31, to restructure his contract scheduled to pay him $15 million in 2013, $4 million of which is guaranteed. If he does not agree to a restructuring the team will cut him, according to ESPN.
The sides met Friday in Indianapolis at the NFL scouting combine.
A three-time Pro Bowler with the Raiders from 2003 to 2010, Asomugha has been a major disappointment with the Eagles since signing a five-year, $60 million contract in 2011. Philadelphia thought it was assembling an all-star team that would compete for the Super Bowl, but the Eagles finished 8-8 in 2011 and 4-12 last season, leading to the firing of longtime coach Andy Reid.
Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, another member of the Eagles’ 2011 free-agent class that bombed, was released Monday.