Darrelle Revis and Nnamdi Asomugha in Green? Why Both Could Be Jets In 2011

Cole TesslerCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2011

Some of the greatest cornerback tandems are Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes, Ronnie Lott and Eric Wright, and Darrelle Revis and Nnamdi Asomugha?

Reports have been coming out Sunday that Asomugha is a free agent due to incentives he failed to hit that would have enacted another year with the Oakland Raiders.

Almost every team could use Asomugha, who is one of the best shut-down corners in the league. But could the New York Jets, who already have the best in Revis, go after him? Here are three reasons why it could happen.

1. Revis and Asomugha want to play together

Last year at the pro bowl, reports came about that Revis and Asomugha were talking about playing on the same team.

Here's what was said by Asomugha last year. "Me and Revis have been talking to Rex [Ryan] to try to do something, you may see us in the future. There's a little bit of talk going on."

Revis said,  "Me and him have talked about it, but I can't really control that situation. I don't know if he can either."

Those talks came to a halt after the Jets traded for Antonio Cromartie last year.


2. Cromartie is in the last year of his contract.

When the Jets traded for Cromartie last year, he was in the final year in his contract. The Jets chose not to extend his contract.

Cromartie played well this year but he is afraid to get physical. He can't tackle and couldn't play bump and run against Pierre Garcon and was exposed giving up 112 yards and a touchdown.

You have to believe that performance won't sit well with Rex.

If the Jets have a chance to get Asomugha, you have to believe they will replace Cromartie.

3. Rex is always looking to improve his defense

Last year the Jets defense was the number one defense in the league, being number one in almost every statistical category. Most coaches wouldn't make changes to this defense, but not the Jets.

The Jets got rid of Kerry Rhodes and Lito Sheppard. They added Jason Taylor, Brodney Pool, Trevor Pryce and Cromartie.

This season the Jets let up 24 passing touchdowns, as opposed to last year where the Jets had eight. They also allowed 200.6 passing yards a game this year as opposed to last year where they averaged 153.7 yards.

Rex is a blitz happy guy, so having two shutdown corners allows him to blitz whoever he wants, whenever he wants without fear. This is because he knows he has two corners who are going to shut down their side of the field and scar quarterbacks for life. But right now, he has had to hold back from blitzing, as displayed in the Colts game, do to their weak secondary. You have to believe that Rex thinking about this makes him drool like he does when he sees his wife's bare feet.

But there are a couple reasons why this probably won't happen because of the cost of Asomugha. Asomugha was the highest paid corner and I doubt Woody Johnson would want to pay him the money he was receiving from the Raiders before. And I am also sure that other teams are willing to dig deep in their wallets to get Asomugha, so in order for this to happen Asomugha might need to take a pay cut.

But Jets fans can dream right? Maybe it will happen, maybe...