I felt the need to throw in my two cents on the potential of the New York Jets signing Nnamdi Asomugha, since the topic has been brought back up by a Peter King tweet and TJ’s recent column.
I have written off the possibility of the super pairing of Asomugha and Darrelle Revis for most of the off-season, as I didn’t think the Jets would invest the money with concerns in other areas and other free agents to deal with. Yet, if Asomugha truly desires to join the Jets, the way some sources are indicating he does, could they sign him to a reasonable enough deal to make it happen and still take care of other areas of need?
Personally, I think the Jets top priority needs to be making sure either Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards returns, to keep talent around Mark Sanchez. Out of the two, Edwards would be cheaper, so the first step to pursuing Asomugha could be letting Holmes gobble up whatever monster contract Daniel Snyder throws at him and taking Edwards back, who has been consistent in expressing his desire to return to the team.
If the Jets could then talk Asomugha into taking less than what a team like Houston or Dallas is offering, restructure Sanchez’s and Bart Scott’s contract, and lock David Harris down to a long term deal to free up money now. They could still have enough money left to make the minor moves necessary to support the rest of their roster.
Obviously, Antonio Cromartie would be gone, likely along with Brodney Pool, Brad Smith and Drew Coleman. You could also forget about bringing Jason Taylor back or signing a player like Matt Roth. The next focus would be securing right tackle, by bringing either Damien Woody or Wayne Hunter back, whichever comes cheaper (likely Hunter). At defensive end, they make the same decision between Shaun Ellis and Trevor Pryce (Pryce will be cheaper). Finally, they could bring back Eric Smith to start opposite Jim Leonhard at safety.
This route of free agency influenced by Asomugha, basically requires the Jets to take the cheaper of two options at the following positions:
- Wide Receiver: Edwards over Holmes
- Right Tackle: Hunter over Woody
- Safety: Smith over Pool
- Defensive End: Pryce over Ellis
Do you think the level of production is similar enough between all those players to merit signing Asomugha? I think it just might be. Remember this still remains a major long shot, as money usually talks loudest in free agency. The Jets would also need to come through on restructuring those deals, which is easier said then done.