Jets sign kicker Nick Folk…Asomugha on the block?
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Jets have come to terms on a one-year deal with former Dallas Cowboys kicker Nick Folk. Folk, who enjoyed a Pro Bowl rookie season in 2007, was brought in for a workout with the team last week.
This move comes in response to kicker Jay Feely hitting the open free agency market. With uncertainty rising over whether Feely will be back with the team next season, the Jets brass decided that Folk was a viable safety plan.
Folk struggled last season, converting only 18 of 28 field goal attempts and was cut by Dallas in late December after missing missing a critical field goal against the New Orleans Saints.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that the Oakland Raiders are looking to shake-up their roster and are having a number of discussions with teams about possible trades. Schefter also noted that the team is open to dealing All-World corner Nnamdi Asomugha, but his mammoth contract makes him virtually immovable.
Asomugha, widely regarded as one of the league’s top coverage corners, is entering the second year of a three year/$45.3 million deal, which he signed last February, making him the highest-paid defensive back in league history. The two-time Pro Bowler is slated to make at least $16 million in the final year of his deal, if the Raiders choose to pick up his option.
Despite his insane contract, Asomugha is a truly special talent and at 28, is still in the prime of his career. With the prospects of an uncapped year and the Jets need for a legitimate number two corner to pair with Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis in the secondary, this is a move that would make sense on so many levels.
Revis and Asomugha are considered 1A and 1B in terms of ranking the league’s corners. Adding “1B” to a pass defense which led the league in nearly every statistical category and only allowed 8 aerial touchdowns all of last season is a truly terrifying concept for opposing offenses. The addition of another top-flight corner would undoubtedly propel Rex Ryan’s defense to elite-level.
The Jets could offer Oakland a number of draft picks in a package for Asomugha, something the Raiders covet to rebuild their struggling franchise. Asomugha is surely a stronger talent than anyone that would be available for the Jets at 29 and beyond.
But is Asomugha’s contract too rich for the blood of Jets’ GM Mike Tannenbaum or more importantly, owner Woody Johnson? We shall see…