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- Aug 1, 1997
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AP / USA Today
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders placed the exclusive franchise tag on star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on Wednesday, keeping him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Asomugha will be guaranteed at least $9.465 million in 2008, but could still sign a long-term deal. Because Oakland used the designation on Asomugha, he's unable to negotiate with any other team. The deadline for designating franchise players is Thursday.
Asomugha could earn more money if the average salary of the top five cornerbacks in the league is higher at the end of the restricted free agency period. With Asante Samuel and Marcus Trufant among the top cornerbacks eligible for free agency, that remains a possibility. Full Story – USA Todayhttp://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/raiders/2008-02-20-asomugha-franchise_N.htm