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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Reviewing first day of Asomugha pursuit

By Bill Williamson

The first day of teams being able to contact free-agency prize Nnamdi Asomugha has developed slowly.

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The New York Jets have caused a wave by contacting Asomugha. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier Tuesday the Jets and Houston could be Asomugha’s most ardent pursuers. Teams like the Ravens and Cowboys have cleared a lot of cap room and there’s speculation they will make runs at the Oakland cornerback.

The Jets’ pursuit would cause the most stir. Asomugha and Jets’ cornerback Darrelle Revis are considered to be the best two cornerbacks in the NFL, by far. If Asomugha signs with the Jets, New York would be considered a Super Bowl favorite.

Still, it’s early and anything can happen. I understand that many teams have called Asomugha’s agents, but talks are deliberate because the deal is going to be worth so much money and it will be complicated, especially with teams trying to maneuver through the new $120 million salary cap.

Expect talks to pick up the pace in the coming days.

It may be foolish, but I will not count out Al Davis re-signing Asomugha until his name is officially on another team’s roster. Still, Oakland will have a difficult time re-signing him.

Don’t be surprised if the Raiders, who have other free-agent priorities, try to clear up space by giving franchised linebacker Kamerion Wimbley a new long-term deal. The Raiders are in for more than $10 million this season to Wimbley. Thus, any long-term deal would have to be sweet for Wimbley to give up a huge initial payday.