Jonathan Yao-Lante Asamoah was born on July 21, 1988 in Matteson, IL. He attended Rich East High in Park Forest, IL. As a freshman at Illinois, he appeared in five games as a reserve. He started 13 games as a sophomore at right guard. He would start his next 24 games over the next two seasons there to finish his career with 37 consecutive starts. He earned 2nd team All-Big Ten honors as a senior, as well as Academic All-Big Ten honors. He was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round (68th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Signed by Kansas City Chiefs on July 29, 2010 ... Signed by Atlanta Falcons on March 11, 2014.
Signed by Falcons to a five-year deal worth $22.5 million, which included $8 million in guaranteed money. That guaranteed portion includes his $4 million signing bonus, his 2014 base salary and a $2 million option bonus due in March 2015. That option bonus is due on the fifth day of the 2015 league year. He will also receive per-game roster bonuses totaling $500,000 in 2015-18 ($31,250 per game). His base salaries are: $2 million (2014); $2.5 million (2015); $3.5 million (2016); and $3.25 million (2017 and 2018). $2 million of his 2015 will become guaranteed on the third day of the 2015 league year, although that is voided if the option bonus is paid. His cap hits will be: $2.8 million (2014); $4.3 million (2015); $5.3 million (2016); and $5.05 million (2017 and 2018).