Nnamdi Asomugha to retire as a Raider

ALAMEDA — Former All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will retire after 11 years in the NFL. He'll do it as a member of the Silver and Black.

The Raiders said Asomugha will announce his retirement officially at team headquarters today. Asomugha will be joined by some of the other Raiders great defensive backs: Willie Brown, Lester Hayes and Charles Woodson.

Asomugha had his greatest success in the NFL with the Raiders after being drafted in the first round out of Cal in 2003. He earned three Pro Bowl selections in eight seasons in Oakland and was a first-team All-Pro in 2008 and 2010.

Asomugha left the Raiders and joined the Philadelphia Eagles as a high-profile free agent in 2011, agreeing to a five-year, $60 million contract. But Asomugha was never the shutdown corner in Philly he was with the Raiders and he lasted just two disappointing seasons with the Eagles.

Asomugha played three games with the 49ers this season before being cut last month. He became expendable after Tramaine Brock began to emerge and Eric Wright got healthy enough to join the active roster.

Asomugha never piled up huge interception numbers, finishing with just 15 in 143 career games, but in his prime, opposing QBs didn't even look to his side of the field. In 2008 with the Raiders, only 27 passes were thrown his direction the entire season and only eight of those were completed.

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