Asomugha uncertainty hindering Jets

July, 28, 2011
7/28/11
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The New York Jets are being held hostage by Nnamdi Asomugha.

As the star cornerback weighs his offers and mulls his football future, the Jets -- one of his suitors -- are paralyzed by the uncertainty.

It cost them a chance to re-sign all-purpose star Brad Smith, who told ESPNNewYork.com Thursday in an email that "everything with the Jets was contingent on Nnamdi." In other words, the Jets wanted Smith to wait before they made an offer.

Smith didn't want to wait. Not only that, he was willing to accept a four-year, $15 million offer from the Buffalo Bills -- the AFC's Land of the Lost -- rather than wait for Asomugha to pick his next employer. Chances are, the Jets would've lost Smith anyway, but they remained in the on-deck circle, never stepping up to the plate.

The Jets, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers are said to be the front-runners for Asomugha, with ever-changing rumors about which team is the so-called favorite.

GM Mike Tannenbaum has plenty of items on his to-do list, but he can't proceed because of salary-cap considerations and the enormous financial commitment it would take to sign Asomugha, the consensus top player in the free-agent class.

So they wait.

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Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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