Jets Coach Rex Ryan Now Flipping Off Tampering Charges?

Zach BergerCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24:  Rex Ryan, head coach of the New York Jets, looks on during warm-ups before playing against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As if Rex Ryan didn't get himself into enough trouble Pro Bowl weekend, he has now paved the path for some potential tampering violations.

Just a couple of days after he "flipped the bird" at some Dolphins fans at an MMA event in Miami, news has come out that Ryan has been talking to Nnamdi Asomugha.

It was probably a harmless chat when he ran into Asomugha during the weekend, but the fact that he is still in the middle of a huge three-year contract makes him off-limits to Ryan without permission from the Raiders.

Asomugha, one of the few cornerback's in the league able to shut down an entire side of the field, stated that he wants to play for the Jets and has spoken to Darrelle Revis and Rex Ryan about that. He can talk to Revis all he wants, but the second he makes contact with Ryan, the coach is obligated to call the league and report the incident...or opt for tampering charges instead.

Typically, a franchise can be fined or docked a draft pick for tampering. But this isn't the ordinary case of tampering because it wasn't an entire team, but one coach, that contacted the player in question.

As a Jet fan, the mere possibility of Asomugha playing across the field from Revis excites me. However, I don't see the Jets paying both of their huge contracts. The Jets are expected to extend Revis' contract, hopefully locking him down as a Jet for a long time.

There might be some reasonable explanation for the contact between Asomugha and Ryan. If not, he might have two big fines on the way.

No matter what you think about Ryan, you certainly can't say he's a quiet guy. He likes to stay in the public eye, and it doesn't seem like he plans on slowing down through the offseason.