Many called it a fantasy when the rumors linking Nnamdi Asomugha to the New York Jets first began to surface this offseason. Asomugha and Darrelle Revis are the two best cornerbacks in the NFL, and they often compete for league-wide superiority. Whenever you mention both names in the same sentence, the conversation always seems to shift to the question of which one of the cornerbacks is the better player.
Revis has created his own island under the bright lights of the New York media, but Nnamdi, virtually unnoticed in Oakland, has quietly become one of the best players on defense since his arrival in 2003.
No longer is all the talk about Revis vs. Asomugha. Instead it is all about Revis and Asomugha joining forces and forming a football version of the Miami Heat's Big Two (Chris Bosh being overrated is a story for another time).
Both cornerbacks on the same defense would be something that this league has never seen in its history. Offenses would just have to forget about throwing the ball against the Jets, causing teams to be one-dimensional against a pretty good New York run defense.
Revis and Asomugha combined for a total of zero interceptions in 2010, which is an incredible stat. What this tells you is that quarterbacks thought twice before throwing their way. These two cornerbacks completely eliminated number one receivers across the league and greatly influenced the defensive systems in which they played.
The Jets might have signed the best offensive free agent available, Santonio Holmes, to a five-year $50 million contract, but that has not had any effect on New York’s pursuit of signing the best defensive free agent available in 2011.
There have been reports that the Jets have contacted the four-time Pro Bowler and that there is mutual interest between Nnamdi and the Jets.
It is clear that the Jets want to add him to the secondary alongside Revis, and it is looking more and more like a possibility as the offseason progresses. General manager Mike Tannenbaum knows what he is doing, looking to restructure contracts and cut players in order for the Jets to have enough money to land Asomugha.
Tannenbaum would still have to spend a good deal of money to retain Antonio Cromartie, so why not spend the extra cash to acquire the better player? It certainly makes sense in the eyes of many people.
Head coach Rex Ryan desperately wants to add Asomugha to his vaunted defense. Whatever he wants, the Jets GM will try hard to get. Expect New York to make a lot of moves to free up some cap space in the next couple of days if they are really serious about signing Nnamdi.
It would be a dream scenario for Rex, but it could become a reality if they make it happen.