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    NFL notebook: Nnamdi Asomugha signs deal with 49ers

    Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is heading to San Francisco.
    Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is heading to San Francisco.

    Free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha reached agreement on a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday that could pay him as much as $3 million this year.

    Asomugha’s representative, Ben Dogra, said that Asomugha is expected to sign his new deal Wednesday. The contract has no guaranteed money. Asomugha is due to earn a base package of $1.35 million with salary and bonuses, and could make an additional $1.65 million in incentives for playing time, awards such as the Pro Bowl and reaching the playoffs.

    ‘‘He’s excited to be a 49er and feels it’s a great football team, and he’s returning home,’’ Dogra said. “It’s such a unique set of circumstances that he’s coming back. It’s not about the money for him. He wants to play for a winner.’’


    The former All-Pro was cut by the Eagles March 12 after two disappointing seasons.

    Palmer trade done

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    The Cardinals completed their trade with the Raiders to acquire quarterback Carson Palmer. The Cardinals gave up a conditional seventh-round 2014 draft pick and swapped one of their sixth-round picks this year for Oakland’s seventh-round selection. Palmer reworked his contract as part of his move to the desert, agreeing to a two-year deal worth up to $20 million, with $10 million guaranteed. Palmer became expendable when the Raiders acquired quarterback Matt Flynn Monday in a deal that sent two draft picks to the Seahawks . . . The NFL has been told “it is safe” for Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei “to participate in professional athletics without restrictions,” according to a letter provided to teams that was written by Dr. Josef Stehlik of University of Utah Cardiology. Lotulelei is one of the top prospects in the upcoming draft but he was prohibited from working out at the NFL scouting combine after a heart concern was flagged . . . The Bills signed free agent defensive lineman Alan Branch, a starter the past two seasons with the Seahawks, to a one-year contract . . . The Browns released linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young and signed placekicker Brandon Bogotay . . . Two wrongful-death lawsuits over the suicide of Pro Bowler Junior Seau have been consolidated with NFL concussion litigation in Philadelphia. A key hearing in the NFL case is set for next week, when lawyers for thousands of former players will try to keep the issue in federal court. The league wants the claims heard in arbitration, under terms of the collective bargaining agreement.