Nnamdi Asomugha: Jetting Out of Oakland?
The Raiders are shopping Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha said at the Pro Bowl last month that he was "dead serious" about his fantasy of playing alongside Darrelle Revis in New York: "Me and Revis have been talking to Rex to try to do something."
Asomugha later tried to shoot down speculation that followed, which died down until Adam Schefter recently reported Asomugha was on the market. Schefter also mentioned that Asomugha's enormous salary "makes him untradeable."
The Jets have been notorious spenders in free agency, but as a final four team, there are restrictions that will prevent them from making a splash by landing any marquee names in the uncapped year.
Mike Tannenbaum has said that the secondary is a priority. Lito Sheppard is packing his bags, and nickelback Donald Strickland may also be cut loose because he couldn't stay healthy.
Dwight Lowery could fill the void Strickland will leave but there remains a glaring vacancy at cornerback. The Jets need a sure starter opposite Revis, and Asomugha would give them a Pro Bowl pair, possibly the best tandem ever.
The Jets can swallow Asomugha's salary in an uncapped year, and Asomugha could even be willing to restructure his current deal if it means jetting out of Oakland to play next to Revis, in the top overall defense, run by Rex Ryan.
The duo could routinely neutralize the top two opponent receivers and, effectively, the passing game altogether, playing spoiler in a passing league.
Trading for Asomugha has emerged as a legitimate possibility, and no longer just a dream to drool over. Mike Tannenbaum should take advantage of this rare opportunity and pull the trigger. Rex Ryan could scheme knowing the air tight defensive backs would blanket receivers and help the pass rush by buying it plenty of time.
To get over the hump, the Jets need a competent cornerback besides Revis, and Asomugha fits that profile. The Jets can guarantee themselves a very successful season by acquiring a sure starting cornerback, and the shutdown combination Revis and Asomguha would be perfect.
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