When Nnamdi Asomugha left the Bay Area two years ago, he was considered one of the two best cornerbacks in all of football.
He returns with a lot to prove after two disappointing seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. Asomugha signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers and will try to regain his stride across the Bay from where he started his career with the Oakland Raiders.
“There's a drive, there's a hunger inside of me that says, ‘I know what I can do and I'm going to get it done,’“ Asomugha , according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times. “So, regardless of what others are saying or how others are feeling, I'm just going to make it happen.”
The 31-year-old has confidence even though no starting job has been promised to him. Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown are atop the depth chart right now and Chris Culliver played well in a nickel role last season.
“I know what went wrong (in Philadelphia) and I know what I can do,” Asomugha said. “It's not a see-what-happens-out-there sort of thing. It's going to happen.
“I had a tough two years my first two in Oakland, and these two in Philly felt much longer than those two years. But, having been through that before, I know that I've got what it takes to turn it around … and put a stamp on something like no one would have ever imagined.”
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