The Philadelphia Eagles released cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on Tuesday, just two years after he was the NFL's most sought-after free agent.
General manager Howie Roseman said in a prepared statement that he and new coach Chip Kelly spoke to Asomugha, and "he took the news with a lot of class." Roseman said the Eagles talked to Asomugha's agents at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis last month about the cornerback's future with the team.
"In the end," Roseman said, "Coach and I both felt we needed to move in a different direction at the cornerback position for 2013 and beyond."
Asomugha was due to make $15 million this season, including $4 million guaranteed, after signing a five-year, $60 million deal with the Eagles in 2011. He was awarded the deal after being a three-time Pro Bowl selection in eight seasons with the Raiders.
Asomugha signed with the Eagles a year after they won the NFC East in a big summer splash of transactions that appeared to give Philadelphia the inside track to at least a conference title.
The Eagles, though, never came close to reaching their potential. They missed the playoffs in both seasons -- including a 4-12 mark last year -- and Andy Reid was
Asomugha had just four interceptions with the Eagles.
Falcons: Tight end Tony Gonzalez has decided not to retire after all.
The NFL's career leader among tight ends with 1,242 receptions and 103 touchdowns said he was 95 percent certain he would retire after 2012, but the other 5 percent won out.
Hours before free agency began Tuesday, Gonzalez tweeted: "The lure of being on such a great team and organization, along with unbelievable fan support was too good to pass up."
The Falcons also agreed to a six-year contract to keep left tackle Sam Baker.
Dolphins: Receiver Mike Wallace agreed to a multiyear contract with Miami.
In four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Wallace caught 32 touchdown passes. He gives the Dolphins the speedy deep threat they lacked last season, when their wide receivers totaled three touchdowns.
The Dolphins also reached a $35 million, five-year deal with inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who helped the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl last season.
Browns: Free-agent linebacker Paul Kruger agreed to a five-year deal with Cleveland after leading the Ravens with 131/2 sacks last season. ESPN first reported Kruger's deal, which is worth around $40 million.
Broncos: Quarterback Peyton Manning will remain in Denver the next two years. His being on the roster at the start of the new league year triggering his guaranteed salary of $20 million a year for 2013 and 2014.
The Broncos signed Louis Vasquez to a four-year deal, luring the right guard away from the San Diego Chargers.
Rams: Free-agent tight end Jared Cook agreed to a five-year deal with St. Louis.
Cook had 44 catches for the Tennessee Titans last season with an 11.9-yard average and four touchdowns. He missed the final three games because of a torn right rotator cuff.
Vikings: Cornerback Antoine Winfield was released to clear more space under the salary cap.
Also, the Vikings' trade of wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks became official.
Bills: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was released after two-plus inconsistent seasons as starter.
Titans: Left guard Steve Hutchinson has decided to retire after 12 NFL seasons, the last cut short by a knee injury that limited him to 12 games.