Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Asomugha to Jets a 'remote' possibility
By Tim Graham
While personnel transactions remain on hold, one of the dreamier free-agent moves a fan can conjure is cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to the New York Jets.
Imagine Asomugha locking down one side of the field for the Jets, Darrelle Revis doing the same on the other side. Safeties and outside linebackers would be free to blitz with impunity, knowing the NFL's greatest cornerback duo had coverage under control.
Don't hold your breath, Jets fans.
The chances of Asomugha joining the Jets are "remote," an NFL source close to the situation informs me.
The Jets are more concerned with re-signing their free agents. That would include cornerback Antonio Cromartie. And even if they're unable to bring Cromartie back, there's still the matter of the colossal contract Asomugha will demand. Asomugha's cost likely will be prohibitive.
But the idea isn't complete fantasy. Keep in mind "remote" for some front offices can be realistic for Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum. He's a wheeler-dealer who finds ways to pull off the improbable maneuver.
Tannenbaum and Jets head coach Rex Ryan were careful not to speak about free-agent players at the NFL owners meeting in New Orleans two weeks ago. The lockout makes such conversations tricky.
Asomugha and Revis have fancied themselves as future teammates, but a fun thought probably is what it will remain.