By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 5:27 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The New York Jets are the first team linked to Raiders three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
Asomugha is an unrestricted free agent after eight seasons with the Raiders, where he developed into one of the league’s two best all-around cornerbacks. The Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Jets are interested in teaming Asomugha with Darrelle Revis, the other player considered one of two best all-around cornerbacks.
The Star-Ledger is light on details and relies on two unnamed sources. The Jets need to do something at cornerback if they opt to let starter Antonio Cromartie bolt for free agency. Asomugha, naturally, would be an upgrade.
The Jets don’t figure to be the only team to contact Asomugha’s agent. In the end, the Jets might be remembered only as the first team to gauge the market for Asomugha. Yet, this shows that even teams already in better position than most at cornerback, already with a top-flight cornerback and salary-cap issues won’t shy away from Asomugha if the price is right.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Raiders jump into the fray if they see that the asking price isn’t as high as they thought it might be before free agency began. Asomugha has yet to say anything about which team he prefers to play for since the final year of his contract voided because of a failure to reach several statistical clauses.