SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nnamdi Asomugha is not about to begin rattling off all the reasons and ways things went wrong for him in Philadelphia. He figures that would do him little good at this stage.
Back where he starred collegiately at California and began his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders, Asomugha is ready to win with the San Francisco 49ers.
The NFC champion Niners made it official with the free agent cornerback Wednesday, signing him to a one-year contract that could pay as much as $3 million.
"Ultimately, the Niners felt at the end of the day like the right place to be," Asomugha said. "I was really impressed with the way they run their organization, impressed with the winning, impressed with the players. Everything felt like it was in line."
As usual, Asomugha insists he will start his new job with the same motivation to prove himself. And even a little more so now after his disappointing departure from the Eagles.
The former All-Pro was released by the Eagles on March 12 after two disappointing seasons — and now he is eager to help the 49ers return to the Super Bowl and win after losing 34-31 to the Ravens on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.
Now, he gets another start in the Bay Area region he still considers home.
Asomugha and the reigning NFC champions reached agreement on the deal Tuesday. The contract has no guaranteed money. Asomugha is due to earn a base package of $1.35 million with salary and bonuses, and could make an additional $1.65 million in incentives for playing time, awards such as the Pro Bowl and reaching the playoffs.
He had 55 tackles and an interception last season, and finished his two-year stint with the Eagles with 95 tackles and four interceptions.
"We are very pleased to add Nnamdi to our defense," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "Throughout his career, Nnamdi has accomplished a great deal on the field and in the community. We look forward to his contributions to our team and the Bay Area."
The 31-year-old Asomugha spent his first eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders from 2003-2010. They selected him 31st overall in the first round of the 2003 draft out of nearby California in Berkeley. He made three Pro Bowls during his time with Oakland.
"It definitely feels good being back here. I started out here in college, so it feels good, the familiarity is here," he said. "I don't have to acclimate to a new culture and new surroundings. The focus can be on football, so that's a beautiful thing. I don't know a season I've ever gone in that I didn't feel I had something to prove. I've had a chip on my shoulder every year that I've played. I think it's different this year because of the adversity I went through in Philadelphia. It's always been a part of my game — coming in and showing what I can do. Now, being able to be here, start fresh with them, it's a great opportunity for that."