Asomugha-Revis tandem now possible

January, 10, 2011
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A year ago, Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha stood at midfield of Sun Life Stadium field moments after the Pro Bowl and told me he and Darrelle Revis wanted to be teammates for real.

That could happen in 2011.

[+] EnlargeDarrelle Revis and Nnamdi Asomugha
AP Photo/Greg TrottDarrelle Revis and Nnamdi Asomugha have both been to the last three Pro Bowls.
Asomugha will be allowed to become an unrestricted free agent because of a clause that has voided his contract. The Raiders have exclusive negotiating rights until the free-agency period begins, so they still could re-sign him before he hits the market.

But if he doesn't, then the New York Jets would be an obvious landing spot to highlight based on what Asomugha told me. He insisted he was "dead serious" about joining forces with Revis to form the ultimate shutdown corner tandem and that they had discussed it with Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

"Me and Revis have been talking to Rex to try to do something," Asomugha said. "You may see us in the future. There's a little bit of talk going on. Either he's coming to Oakland, or something else will happen."

Looks like "something else" can happen quite easily now. Revis won't be coming to Oakland anytime soon. Revis ended a summer contract holdout with an extension through 2014.

The Jets' other cornerback, Antonio Cromartie, is in the final year of his contract. He has played well in his one season with the Jets, but Asomugha plays in the highest echelon.

Asomugha and Revis were voted as Pro Bowl starters again this year. It is Asomugha's third straight Pro Bowl selection.

Money obviously would be a factor. Asomugha's contract with Oakland was considered one of the most outrageous deals of the past decade and totally warped the elite cornerback market. In fact, Revis' desire to be paid 50 cents more than Asomugha was a reason his contract squabble with the Jets lasted as long as it did. The Jets refused to let the deal Al Davis gave Asomugha be the standard.

When I caught up with Revis as he was heading up the tunnel toward the AFC locker room, he confirmed his desire to play with Asomugha, but conceded "That's a lot of money they're going to be pushing around, but that'll be tough for quarterbacks. I'll tell you that."

With plenty of money in his various accounts, maybe Asomugha would give the Jets a break so that he could team up with Revis.

"You always want that as a player, to have that guy on the other side of you that's equally as talented and can make plays," Asomugha said a year ago. "It fuels you a little bit. We'd been joking around with [AFC coach] Norv Turner throughout practices all week, and with [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell. He said they probably wouldn't allow us on the same team."

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