Thanks to a little known performance clause in his contract, the Oakland Raiders will allow Nnamdi Asomugha to enter free agency, without the ability to place the franchise tag on him.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Asomugha's contract included a clause that said if he didn't improve statistically from 2009 to 2010, his contract would be voided. He could have done so by reaching his incentives for games played, interceptions, fumbles, or sacks. He played two less games this season, and did not number in any of the other categories.
Asomugha recorded 19 tackles this season, and was set to recieve $16.8 million in 2012. The 30-year old shutdown cornerback is sure to garner a lot of attention this offseason.
This move comes on the heels of the Raiders allowing head coach Tom Cable to walk after leading the team to its first .500 season since 2002.