The final year in Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha’s record contract with the Oakland Raiders is no longer in force because the didn’t reach certain incentives.
Raiders senior executive John Herrera confirmed Sunday that the contract was voided, making Asomugha a free agent. ESPN first reported the development.
Asomugha signed a $45.3 million, three-year contract in February 2009 that made him the highest paid defensive back in NFL history. He was paid $28.5 million in the first two years of the deal.
The Raiders had an option for 2011, which was worth the greater of $16.8 million or the amount of the quarterback franchise tag.
BROWNS TALK TO MULARKEY
Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey doesn’t know Cleveland’s time frame for hiring a new coach following his weekend interview with the Browns.
That was about all Mularkey would say about his candidacy in Cleveland. He interviewed with Browns team president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert on Saturday.
“I’m going to move on from commenting about that,” Mularkey said Sunday.
BRONCOS HAVE LIST
The Denver Broncos, in their search for a head coach, will interview New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, former Carolina Panthers coach John Fox, offensive coordinators Dirk Koetter of Jacksonville and Rick Dennison of Houston and possibly others.
’TEZ ON HALL LIST
The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2011 has been narrowed to 15 finalists, including Seattle defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running backs Jerome Bettis and Marshall Faulk and cornerback Deion Sanders.
Winners will be announced Feb. 5, the day before the Super Bowl.
The two Saturday playoff games set milestones for NFL television ratings.
The Seattle’s win over New Orleans on NBC earned the highest preliminary rating (18.3, 33 share) for the early wild-card game since 1990.
The New York Jets’ last-second 17-16 win over Indianapolis earned the highest rating (20.8/33) since the NFL began airing prime-time wild-card games in 2002.