Nnamdi Asomugha is out of a job in Philly. (Lynne Sladky / AP)

Nnamdi Asomugha’s career in Philadelphia, which began with fanfare and bold predictions, has come to an end.

The Eagles, as has been expected for weeks now, released the cornerback after two so-so seasons.

“Coach [Chip] Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class,” General Manager Howie Roseman said in a statement released by the team. “We expected nothing less than that from him. He has been a true pro on and off the field for this organization and our community and we wish him all the best as he continues his NFL career. We spoke to his representatives at the Combine about his future status with the team and wanted to take time to analyze and make a decision. In the end, coach and I both felt we needed to move in a different direction at the cornerback position for 2013 and beyond.”

Asomugha, when the NFL lockout ended in July 2011, was one of the league’s pre-eminent free agents and he commanded top dollar from the Eagles, who still owe him over $4.3 million.

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