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NFL Free Agency 2011: Jets Priorities Entering Day 3 of Free Agency Mania

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 05:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 the Oakland Raiders looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 28-13.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Chris Dela RosaContributor IJuly 28, 2011

On Day 2 of the shortened NFL free agency period, the New York Jets signed their No. 1 free agent, Santonio Holmes, to a five-year, $50 million deal with $24 million guaranteed.  

This signing helped the Jets take a step that will help them try to achieve their goal of winning a Super Bowl in 2011, but there are many more steps that need to be taken, making this a very crucial free agency period for them.

The first priority on the Jets list is Nnamdi Asomugha.  Several sources have confirmed that the Jets have contacted Asomugha about joining the team and playing alongside Darrelle Revis in green and white.  

Not only has the Jets front office contacted Asomugha, but Jets players are trying to recruit him through social media.  On Tuesday, linebacker Bart Scott wrote on Twitter:

"Come on to the light Nnamdi it's safe in the light thank god for the Internet cause I had no shot O yea the light"

Asomugha would be a great addition to an already solid New York Jets defense.  Having him and Revis together would shut down opposing aerial attacks, while the defensive line and linebackers stop the running game. 

Asomugha would be an expensive acquisition, but he would be worth every penny as he could put the Jets defense back at the No. 1 spot.  Signing Asomugha has become even more likely as the Jets' new captain Mark Sanchez said he would be willing to re-work his contract to bring in some more players, and it is possible that Revis will re-work his contract; for these players it is all about winning a championship.

Next would be to try and get another good wide receiver to New York.  Some of the players the Jets could go after are Randy Moss, Braylon Edwards and Mike Sims-Walker.  The most likely player that will play in 2011 with the Jets is Braylon Edwards.  

During the lockout, Edwards said he would consider taking a contract for a lower amount if it means some other high-profile free agents can join the team.  If he stays true to his word, Edwards may return to New York.  

If Edwards does not bite at the Jets' offer, they will look to Moss who is still considered a deep threat and can help even out the Jets offense, keeping defenses on their toes, which will allow them to do whatever they want on offense.

In order to keep their strong linebacker core, another top priority is coming to an agreement with inside linebacker Davis Harris who the Jets applied the franchise tag to prior to the start of the lockout.  

Harris is a critical piece of the defense and not getting him back will hurt the Jets greatly.  While getting Harris is important, the reason he is not as high as getting a receiver or Asomugha is because they will affect how long he will be a Jet and how much they can give him especially since the Jets are looking to make him a Jet for life. 

Something the Jets still have to do before training camp starts is sign their draft picks.  The most important of that group is their first-round pick Muhammad Wilkerson who will be a vital part of the Jets defensive line this season.  Over the last few years, the defensive line has lost players due to age and injuries, forcing them to use the draft to fortify their defensive line.

Day 3 could be an eventful day for everyone surrounding the Jets organization as there are many questions that could be answered in a matter of hours.  

Right now, the Jets' free agency momentum is in their favor as they have players willing to re-work their contracts to bring in others so they can try for a second Super Bowl title, and they have the always entertaining Rex Ryan who many players love playing for.

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