Nnamdi Asomugha is an enigma right now.
The veteran cornerback, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers during the offseason, is coming off a couple of not-so-good seasons in Philadelphia, but is looking for a fresh start with the 49ers.
However, the 49ers are not sure how to gauge Asomugha at this point. At age 32, he has predictably lost a step from his glory days with the Raiders.
“We didn’t really know what we were getting when we got Nnamdi. He’s had some good days out here and some days where you weren’t sure if he was going to still have it,” said defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. “I think we’re kind of in between with him right now. Hopefully he’ll be able to still have some gas left in his tank to go out there and play like he did prior to going to Philadelphia. So, I think the jury is still out there.”
In other words, his spot on the team is not guaranteed. In fact, his one-year contract with the 49ers has no guarantees, so they can cut him anytime.
Asomugha, however, is focused on a fresh start and playing deep into the postseason.
”There’s always this feeling of a fresh start because the previous season has never really been that great,” Asomugha told reporters last Saturday.”In my career I’ve never been on a playoff team, so it’s never been like we’re going to build off that playoff year from the year before. The fact that they’re building off the Super Bowl definitely changes the whole landscape of how this season is going mentally for me so far. It’s a fresh start, but it’s building off success.”
Whether or not he plays a major role for this team next season remains to be seen.