FLORHAM PARK, NJ —Forget Revis Island. There is a distinct possibility that Jets fans may refer to their defensive backfield of the future as the “No-Fly Zone” (thanks ToyotabySteven). The top free agent in 2011, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, may take a LeBron-like pay cut to play for the Jets this season. Imagine a tandem of Asomugha and Revis shutting down and utterly frustrating the likes of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. It may very well be more than just a vivid imagination.
Reports have been swirling around the Jets’ Atlantic Health Training Facility that G.M. Mike Tannenbaum has begun discussions about bringing in the 3-time Pro Bowl cornerback to compliment Revis on the flank side of the defense. According to league sources, the Jets have spoken with Antonio Cromartie about re-signing with the team, but are also highly intrigued about the possibility of pairing Asomugha with Revis.
If it’s money that Asomugha is looking for, New York may not be the perfect fit. The Jets have a shade under $7 million in salary cap space, far less than other rumored suitors (i.e. Tampa Bay, Houston and Dallas). Asomugha is reportedly looking for $14-$15 million. But if he was willing to take a pay cut to around Revis’s salary ($11.5 million), then a creative Tannenbaum may be able to back load his contract as well as add in a bunch of incentive-laced guarantees.
Despite being close to the salary cap limit, signing Asomugha would likely leave them strapped for cash at other positions of need (WR and DE/OLB for example). This despite quarterback Mark Sanchez voicing his willingness to re-structure his contract.
Asomugha is a fan of Rex Ryan and is also friends with Revis. When the two met up for the Pro Bowl two years ago they discussed the possibility of one day playing together, which sparked headlines nationwide. ESPN’s Chris Mortesen also has reported that the New York media outlet intrigues Asomugha, who would like to pursue acting after football.
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