Posted by Will Brinson
When news broke Sunday that Nnamdi Asomugha was becoming a free agent thanks to a bizarre clause in his contract (which became less bizarre when we realized that the Raiders save a ton of money thanks to it), football fans everywhere freaked out.
Then football fans everywhere wondered "OMG, can my team get him???" The Jets were one of the teams mentioned there, mainly because the prospect of letting Antonio Cromartie go, signing Asomugha and then never letting another wide receiver catch a ball against the Rex Ryan's defense seemed intriguing. Oh, and because Nnamdi mentioned that he and he Revis had talked about playing together.
However, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets are "unlikely" to make a move for Asomugha and will focus more on bringing in their own players, but that it wasn't safe to eliminate them (ever) because, well, they're the Jets.
Additionally, remember that Revis' holdout and recent contract extension was substantially affected by Asomugha's deal -- Revis wants to be the highest-paid cornerback in the league. But guess who else wants to be the highest-paid cornerback in the league? Yup, Nnamdi. Both have a decent claim to the title and having both players on team, particularly once a salary cap's reinstated, could be tough work.
However, David White of the San Francisco Chronicle continually tweeted yesterday that either the Jets or the Packers would end up with Nnamdi, primarily because he's more concerned with winning than with making money. Additionally, White noted that Asomugha and Charles Woodson are good friends and that the Asomugha would relish playing for Rex Ryan after getting to play for Rob Ryan in Oakland.
If that's the case, don't bother ruling out anyone just yet.
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