Asomugha attracted to NY's bright lights?

July, 26, 2011
7/26/11
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ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen, appearing Tuesday morning on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike Show, dropped an interesting nugget on coveted free agent Nnamdi Asomugha. He said the All-Pro cornerback, the top guy on the market, might be attracted to the Jets because of his desire to become an actor when his football career is over. There's no better place to be than New York -- well, okay, maybe Los Angeles, but last time I checked, they still don't have an NFL team.

"Asomugha is interesting because the Houston Texans, probably, are going to make him the biggest offer,” Mortensen told the Mikes. “Yet you keep hearing that Nnamdi wants to go somewhere where he can begin to focus on his post-playing career, even though he’ll give his all as he’s playing, and he has a great interest in being an actor, whether it’s in theater or whatever, and that could factor into it.”

Sources say that Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum will be monitoring the Asomugha situation. He'd be a perfect fit for the Jets, a replacement for free agent Antonio Cromartie, but there's the not-so-small matter of finances. Already paying Darrelle Revis $25 million this season ($7 million in salary and $18 million in bonuses), it would be very difficult for the Jets to afford Asomugha. But that won't stop Tannenbaum from throwing his hat into the ring.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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