NFL Free Agency: The New York Jets Should Sign Nnamdi Asomugha, Dump Edwards

Chris Dela RosaContributor IJuly 27, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the sidelines during the closing minutes of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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ESPN and many other news outlets reported Wednesday morning that the New York Jets reached an agreement with wide receiver Santonio Holmes. While it is great the Jets will get their No. 1 receiver back for five years, there are still other positions that need to be addressed. 

One of these positions is...wide receiver.  

Just because Holmes will be returning does not mean it solves the Jets' problems. Three Jets receivers became free agents after last season, those players being Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith. The duo of Edwards and Holmes allowed the Jets to keep defenses on their toes since they could throw it to different parts of the field and use their great running game as the knockout punch.

Along with the good news that Holmes agreed to a deal with the Jets, more positive news was released when word got out that Braylon Edwards would not have to go to jail for violating his Cleveland probation; Edwards was charged with DUI in New York after the Jets' Week 2 victory against the Patriots.

Because of this good news, it brings Edwards back into the free-agency discussions for the Jets, as they will be searching for another receiver to play opposite of Holmes.

While the Jets shop for a wide receiver, they will also be looking for another cornerback to replace Antonio Cromartie, who is now a free agent.

The Jets' chances of re-signing Cromartie are slim, as he will not be looking for his best chance to win a Super Bowl; he will be looking for the highest bidder so he can support the nine children he has. The Jets still have their 2010 first-round pick Kyle Wilson, but they feel he needs more time to develop.

Because they will probably not be able to land Cromartie, the Jets have begun to contact former Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.  

As of right now, the Jets still need to sign their draft picks, especially their first-round pick Muhammad Wilkerson. Wilkerson will replace the injury-ridden Kris Jenkins, who the Jets released following the 2010 season. Therefore, the Jets will probably only be able to sign either Braylon or Nnamdi.

While Edwards has been a great possession receiver during his time with the Jets, having Asomugha seems like the better move the Jets should make. Having the top two cornerbacks in the league would definitely help the Jets' defense, as Rex Ryan will be able to blitz even more guys more often, and he will not have to worry about a break in man coverage.  

Rather than having Braylon Edwards, the Jets could also go for other cheaper alternatives at the wide receiver position like Mike Sims-Walker, Steve Breaston or even James Jones. While getting Nnamdi Asomugha will not guarantee the Jets a touchdown, it will definitely bring them a giant step closer—a lot closer than getting Braylon Edwards would.