You may have never heard of him and might not know how to pronounce his first and last name, but Nnamdi Asomugha makes a lot more money than you do. In fact, he is now the highest paid player in the NFL, making more than household names like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Terrell Owens. Asomugha has been signed to a 3-year, $45.3 million deal with $28.5 million guaranteed (which he will receive in the first two years of the contract). In fact, the deal could be worth more than $45.3 million if the average of the top five quarterback salaries is above $16.8 million when it comes time for the Raiders to decide whether or not the team will keep Nnam for the third year. Additionally, the terms of the deal preclude the Raiders from slapping a franchise tag on Asomugha after the 2010 or 2011 season.
The Raiders are not afraid to spend their money this offseason. Asomugha’s deal comes after news that the team spent $16 million ($9 million guaranteed) on a four-year deal for their punter, Shane Lechler, making him the highest paid punter in the history of the NFL.
Kudos to Tom Condon for his work in getting these tremendous deals done for both players, who are clients of CAA. Asomugha switched from Steve Baker to Tom Condon a couple of months ago in an effort to avoid getting the franchise tag laid on him again. I think Nnam is pretty happy with his decision.