NFL Free Agent Rumors: New York Jets Must Not Cripple Cap with Nnamdi Asomugha
With the lockout over, teams can now sign free agents; one of these players is Nnamdi Asomugha. Some of the speculation around the NFL is that the Jets should go after the great cornerback to have him play against another top cornerback in Darrelle Revis.
With this shortened free agency period, Asomugha will be looking to sign with the highest bidder, in order for the Jets to acquire him, it will take a lot of maneuvering of cap space on contracts to make room for the high amount he is looking for. While Asomugha is a great player, he is not worth the high amount of money he is asking for, his presence does not outweigh the presence of other players the Jets could use their money for.
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1) Antonio Cromartie
Depending on who you ask, people will say that Nnamdi Asomugha is either the first or second best cornerback in the league, the other cornerback in that conversation would be Darrelle Revis. Rather than spending the same high amount of money they used to end Darrelle Revis' holdout, the Jets could try to re-sign Antonio Cromartie.
Last year, the Jets acquired Cromartie after a turbulent season with the San Diego Chargers that ended in a Jets upset victory against the Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Cromartie proved that he belonged in New York time and time again. During the second week of the season, he was able to step up and cover Randy Moss successfully when Darrelle Revis had a hamstring injury. Also, Cromartie was one of the reasons why the Jets defeated the Colts in the wild card round of the playoffs as he gave the Jets great field position on kickoff return that set up the game winning drive.
If the Jets really want another cornerback through free agency, they should save some money and try to re-sign Antonio Cromartie who is a great cornerback.
2) Kyle Wilson
One player not being mentioned in the Nnamdi Asomugha conversations is Kyle Wilson. Wilson disappointed many when he did not play to his potential during the regular season after a hot start during preseason as he was a starter while Darrelle Revis had his holdout.
Like I said in the last slide, the Jets have arguably one of the best cornerbacks in Darrelle Revis; Wilson can and will learn from Darrelle Revis in the coming years. The two have already gotten together to help Wilson improve in May when they spent time together in Arizona having their own mini-camp where they worked on drills and studied film.
The cheapest alternative to the Jets cornerback dilemma is not going after one at all when they already have one on their roster. Wilson was a first round pick in 2010 and the Jets should get their money's will get their money's worth if they use him as a starter rather than going after Antonio Cromartie or Nnamdi Asomugha.
3) Other Positions Need to Be Filled
This slide is possibly the most obvious of all to sport fans and critics, the Jets have other needs that need to be fulfilled. One of them is the wide receiver position where the Jets have lost Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith. The Jets will also have to pay linebacker David Harris a high amount as they applied the franchise tag on him before the lockout started.
Having Nnamdi Asomugha does not mean a Super Bowl appearance for the Jets. As of right now, the only Jets starting receiver they have on the roster is Jericho Cotchery. In order for them to win games, they are going to need another receiver to balance out the offense, or else it will make opponents focus on the run, which could easily shut down the Jets offense.
If the Jets want to make another run for the Lombardi trophy Nnamdi Asomugha is not a piece of the puzzle, there are many other avenues that could help them achieve their goal of being champions.