Nnamdi Asomugha was a two-time All-Pro as an Oakland Raider. (USATSI)

Nnamdi Asomugha To Retire An Oakland Raider

Nnamdi Asomugha, a former All-Pro cornerback when he played with the Oakland Raiders, will retire Friday as a member of the Raiders after an 11-year career.

According to ESPN.com, Asomugha will announce his retirement at the team’s headquarters on Friday.

Asomugha had been out of the league since he was released by the San Francisco 49ers last month, but he had his best years in the eight years he spent in Oakland.

The Raiders took him 31st overall, near the end of the first round, out of Cal in 2003 and he went on to become a first-team All-Pro selection in both 2008 and 2010, establishing a reputation as a shutdown corner after recording eight interceptions in 2006.

He would only make three more picks as a Raider, but that was as much because teams seldom attempted to throw his way as any other factor.

After the 2010 season, Asomugha signed a five-year, $60 million free-agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, but he struggled to find his old form in Philadelphia and was released in March, just two years into the contract, for which he earned a guaranteed $25 million.

Asomugha, 32, signed a one-year deal with the 49ers in April, but played in just three games with the team and didn’t play after Sept. 22. He was released Nov. 4 when the 49ers activated Eric Wright from the non-football injury list.

Asomugha played 143 games and started 124 in his career, logging 15 interceptions and 406 tackles, scoring one touchdown. He was credited with 80 passes defensed, including a career-high 19 in 2006.

The team said Asomugha will be joined by some other great Raider defensive backs, including Willie Brown, Lester Hayes and current Raider Charles Woodson.

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