The New York Jets were one of the favorite contenders for Nnamdi Asomugha early this year when news first emerged of Asomugha’s surprise free agent status. He and Darrelle Revis had said publicly they were hoping to be united to form the most formidable cornerback duo in recent memory.
Plus, Rex Ryan sure does like attention and what would grab more attention than walking arm-in-arm with both of the League’s top corners?
Realistic breakdowns of Gang Green’s chances of landing the star are starting to surface, taking the Jets, more or less, out of contention. ESPNNewYork’s Rich Cimini analyzed the Jets’ financial position in various league rule scenarios.
“If there is a salary cap in 2011, it would be an enormous financial strain to give Asomugha a Revis-like contract—$11.5 million per year. If they paid $23 million a year to two cornerbacks, they'd have to cut back significantly at other positions. If there is no salary cap, a la 2010, it could mean the same rules as last year. (That's what most people are speculating, but lately you don't know what to believe.) And if the rules are the same, the Jets will be handcuffed by the "Final Eight" restrictions—again.”
He goes on to cite Jets' wide receiver Braylon Edwards as the only free agent who may even come close to matching the potential FA for FA salary requirement such a situation would require, and Edwards is likely to re-sign with the Jets once the lock out is lifted, nailing down the Jets’ options.
Without some sort of offseason surprise in New York, the Jets are not looking like Asomugha’s landing spot.