Asomugha day two update: Jets interest is serious, Bucs may be out

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Nnamdi Asomugha’s first day on the sorta open market was relatively quiet.  Expect that to change Wednesday.

From NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi:

“I keep hearing from well placed relible NFL sources that this Jet talk and Nmandi Asomugha is serious and I mean serious,” Lombardi wrote on Twitter.

A report from Mlive.com’s Tom Kowalski echoed the sentiment.  Kowalski is a Lions beat writer, so it’s possible Detroit has heard that Asomugha is set on exploring his options in New York before entertaining other ideas.

Tampa Bay made some sense as a destination, but they don’t sound interested.  First: They are keeping Aqib Talib.  Second, G.M. Mark Dominik had this to say when asked about Asomugha:

“The way we’ve been building this football team . . . over the last couple of years, I think there’s a blueprint that’s already sitting in front of you all, and we’re going to follow that blueprint,” Dominik said via the St. Petersburg Times.

While we’re still just in the rumor stage, it’s worth remembering the Jets blueprint too: They like to make a big splash.

100 responses to “Asomugha day two update: Jets interest is serious, Bucs may be out

  1. sounds like I’m gonna have to draft Rob G and Anthony Hernadez for my fantasy team, cause there’s no way Tom Brady’s WRs get open on that man coverage.

  2. Can you image if him and revis are together. These qbs will finally be forced to throw at one of them. They wont he able to hide and throw to the other side of the field. If the jets get nnamdi and anuone of the other three fa’s ill go crazy!! That would be awesome

  3. Revis and Asomugha, that was be insane!!!

    The argument against having a shutdown corner is you can throw away from him, but with 2 shutdown corners you have to throw at 1 of them. That’s gonna get ugly for offenses real quick.

  4. I understand the Bucs “blueprint”. But, damn! Are you crazy for not having any interest in this guy? You have the money, go get him!

  5. Good, I hope the Jets do take Asomugha, that way they will leave Buffalo alone in their bid to keep Drayton Florence in the B-lo.
    Go Bills!!!!

  6. I hope they do sign him. Then they won’t have any money for either of their receivers or anyone else for that matter.

  7. they have absolutely no salary cap room to sign him so why is this even a story? unless they’re planning on letting all their free agents walk n eliminating the wr spot they have no way to sign him…as of right now the jets are 8 million over the salary cap as it is

  8. I don’t understand how they can afford this. Are they going to let Brad Smith, Braylon Edwards AND Santonio Holmes walk?? Even then, they’d probably have to restructure several other deals, including Revis’s deal most likely.

  9. as a die hard fins fan this scares me, especially if Henne is trhowing the ball this yr, would like orton, but hes to much, bring on the head case V. Young???

  10. I have this funny feeling that if the Jets did sign Asomugha, they obviously would have to give him at least as much as what they’re paying Revis right now. If the Jets paid Asomugha more than what Revis makes now, Revis will almost certainly hold out again in a year or two to renegotiate his contract. Teammates would be trying to one-up each other in how much money the other makes. That would destroy a locker room.

  11. If they sign him, I’m instantly placing an early bet for the Jets to win the SB. And then doubling that bet if they manage to keep all their WR’s.

  12. Doesn’t Revis already cost 25 mil for 2011? Don’t they need to sign some receivers as well? They could have the best backfield in the NFL, but they are going to get tired playing 40 minutes every game.

  13. i think they’re impact on the field is overrated they’re only 2 players there’s 9 other players to worry about

  14. If this happens, Revis and Asomugha stats will go through the roof (ints, TD’s, tackles). They’re both regarded highly based on the lack of productivity from the WR’s they cover because QB’s won’t through in their direction. Of course opposing offenses are going to rely on the run but you have to take some shots at your two best WR’s at some point.

  15. Wow, just imagining Revis and Nnamdi opposite one another is a scary thought.

    On the Bucs: I’m cool with the decision…Nnamdi is an unbelievable player…but are you going to pay a guy $18 million dollars a year to play corner in a Tampa 2? No. That just doesnt make sense. Besides, we want to win a Super Bowl here…and big name free agents signings dont typically result in Super Bowls…someone should tell the Jets, Redskins, and Cowboys this…actually, on second though…Don’t.

  16. C’mon Steelers, you gotta at least throw your hat in the ring here. He wants to go to a contender, who better than the Black-N-Gold!

  17. Ummm so what s the point of spending all your money on Nmandhi?? Even at a discount do you crazy Jets fans think he’ll play for under 10 million?? Hmmm also if Nmandhi signs, goodbye Holmes, Braylon, Brad Smith as they still have to sign damion woody. You still have to score to win!! Good luck with that!!!

  18. I hate the jets more than ever now. What greet sh!t on team. Trying to buy their way to a championship like the miami heat. And how did that work out for them? Rex ryan needs star players around him bc he really cant coach without them. I will be routing all year for them to lose. U cant buy a superbowl u fat lard.

  19. This makes sense…..If his post NFL career means that much to him, as has been written, he can take acting lessons from Rex…..

  20. Also Michael Lombardi is a joke. A failed GM that passed on Sapp. He also claimed browns were going to take K Wilson over J Haden. So where is his credibility??

  21. Who cares? Nnamdi’s overrated and Revis is far better anyway. Right Jets fans? Still feel that way, or do you want to see if you sign him before you answer?

  22. If this happens the Jets will be the Miami Heat of the NFL; most hated only because they have the two best players. As a Jets fan I’d really like us to focus on our Wide Recievers- Braylon & Santonio. Nnamdi is a nice luxury but not a neccesary one, we already have the best CB in the NFL.

  23. I pray the jets will sign this guy to his 10 million plus contract..

    Eat up all the cap room on this one guy, then santonio and Braylon are going to be cut, just to name a few..

    Every one knows Ashomuga is not even that great an upgrade over Cromartie. Not to mention he is already 30 and is sure to decline this year or the next..

    PLEASE JETS SIGN NANDI

  24. Wait…is mark sanchez still the the qb? He is? Oh phew! For a second there I thought the jets were gonna be a great team!

  25. I have wonder how much money they’ll have left for the rest of the team after paying the 2 best CBs’ in the league.

  26. Second, G.M. Mark Dominik had this to say when asked about Asomugha:

    “The way we’ve been building this football team . . . over the last couple of years, I think there’s a blueprint that’s already sitting in front of you all, and we’re going to follow that blueprint,” Dominik said via the St. Petersburg Times.

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    Ted Thompson had/has the same blueprint for building the current World Champions, but he didn’t shy away from adding Chuck Woodson when he had the chance.

  27. I dont understand how they make that signing unless he takes WAY less than market value. They will have to let almost all their free agents walk, and probably cut or restructure other deals.

    I guess they could do it, and that duo would be crazy, but Im not sure they are better after that.

  28. If Asmougha signs there it will move them 1 step forward and 2 backwards.. The rest of the team will suffer. Will they expect this guy to play on offense too? Teams that consistently win develop from the draft, not through 15 mil a year free agents. When you have a top defense to you need to be this greedy about individual players? To boot, Revis is not going to be happy when the guy on the other side is making nearly double his salary.

  29. For the people saying that Nnamdi isnt as good as Revis anyways…

    Yes…he is. He’s better than Revis, and every other cornerback in the NFL for that matter and its not even close.

    Does that mean signing him will give the jets a Lombardi Trophy? Nope.

  30. The Jets can make enough cap room to sign anyone they want. I am hearing from sources that the Jets and Holmes already agreed in principle to a deal, but won’t make it public until the Nnamdi situation is taken care of.

    The Jets will be restructuring Sanchez, Bryan Thomas, Bart Scott, possibly Revis. They can also borrow cap space from future caps.

  31. @jolink – check your facts. This new cba forgives all dead money prior to the start of the 2011 season. The jets are under cap now, and have a lot of money to be potentially moved around in Sanchez’s deal. The belief the jets were majorly over the cap comes from the pre cba belief that the dead money would be counted against the cap.

  32. “Super Duper All Star Teams” rarely win anything other than the attention of the moronic media and star gazing fans so let them spend away. I can’t wait to hear what the fat-azzed coach offers up as excuses when they don’t go the Super Bowl again.

  33. Sanchez taking a paycut to help this team win a championship. Recipe for a Superbowl. 2 best corners in the league=Tom Brady not getting a minute of sleep until both of their contracts expire. NYJ 2011-12 Superbowl Champs

  34. I don’t see how this deal can be sanctioned by Goodell and the NFL. This is a clear case as any of tampering on behalf of Rex and the Jets. Aso has come out publicly in quotes saying that he and Rex and Revis had discussions dating 2 years back about playing together. This is while he was still under contract by Oakland. A clear violation of league rules. Will Goodell allow this to happen, or perhaps fine Rex and the Jets? We’ll see, but my guess is no.

  35. Doesn’t always work like you think it should.

    Thought having Asomugha and MeAngelo Hall would be a great tandem. It exposed Hall as a complete failure in terms of a cover corner.

    Both Revis and Aso aren’t targeted much because there are easier options. Someone will get targeted and exposed. Who will it be? We’ll never know because this won’t happen.

  36. “If this happens then run the ball, dink and dunk, and screen passes…problem solved.”

    The Jets were top 5 against the run last year, and gained more D-line pieces. The Pats wanted to dink and dunk us to death in the playoffs last year. How did that turn out?

  37. The Jets have become THAT team. The team everyones loves to see fail, and they always do.

    If you didn’t know better you’d think that the Jets had won a bunch of Super Bowls and are an NFL dynasty. If words were championships they would be a dynasty. Since words aren’t championships they are just a bunch of loud mouth, obnoxious, arrogant, players and coaches who haven’t won a damn thing.

  38. the bucs are always quiet in free agency and if u remember back when the league year ended this past year that the bucs said they were going to splash on free agency, therefore i believe they are going to bring in asomugha as a stellar cornerback… ahhhh i can see it now…. RONDE BARBER, AQIB TALIB, NAMDI ASOMUGHA, MYRON LEWIS/EJ BIGGERS… BEAUTIFUL!

  39. Oh and not mention gaitor that was just picked up in this years draft… number #1 defense TAMPA BAY!

  40. The Jets were top 5 against the run last year, and gained more D-line pieces. The Pats wanted to dink and dunk us to death in the playoffs last year. How did that turn out?

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    Not as good as the 45-3 thrashing in the December game when Woodhead caught 7 passes for 104 because he is such a deep threat. I will take my chances of more dink/dunks and screen passes.

  41. I don’t like it at all for the Jets or the Ravens who will be his top 2 picks. The best bet would be to take Joseph and spend the extra $ on another player

    Jets could use help at reciever

    Ravens could use a pass rush opposite Suggs

    spending that much for a CB when you have another top CB is not a good idea

  42. jmat40

    If you consider a rookie QB and rookie coach going to the AFCC two years in a row as not accomplishing anything, then are sorely mistaken. That’s a 2 year resume people would die for.

  43. “Not as good as the 45-3 thrashing in the December game when Woodhead caught 7 passes for 104 because he is such a deep threat. I will take my chances of more dink/dunks and screen passes.”

    Who takes care of dinks and dunks, it’s the LBers and safeties. Our LBers aren’t that great against the pass, and our safeties were clueless after losing Jim Leonhard right before the game. It took the safeties a few weeks to gel in their new positions.

  44. @ axespray

    It’ AARON Hernandez, not Anthony.

    There’s talk that the Pats like Ochocinco. Ocho loves Belichick. It would be a great fit. IF the Pats get Ocho, then how would Revis and Nnamdi cover Welker, Ocho, Branch, Gronk, Hernandez, Woodhead (out of the backfield). They could only cover 2 guys. It’s the Jets pass rush that makes their defense great. They don’t NEED to get Nnamdi per se. It would be a great get–an exciting get, but it would sacrifice the middle of their roster (say good bye to Brad Smith, Braylon Edwards, Shaun Ellis).

  45. they have absolutely no salary cap room to sign him so why is this even a story? unless they’re planning on letting all their free agents walk n eliminating the wr spot they have no way to sign him…as of right now the jets are 8 million over the salary cap as it is

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    Dead money from cuts before the lockout do not carry over. Meaning Ghouslston and Woody’s dead money does not count on the jets salary cap. Before the Holmes signing the Jets were actually $7 million under. When you count in restructuring Sanchez and signing Harris to a long term deal they are over $20 million under the cap. If they sign Barnes and cut Thomas that is a bit more. Some people have estimated $30 million if Revis restructures but I doubt that will happen as he will then lose his leverage to renegotiate a long term deal next offseason.

    If the Jets do sign Aso they will still have money to sign Edwards, 2 safities like E. Smith, a kicker, a punter and if they so choose or a linebacker like Barnes or Lawson along with a nickel corner like Florence. Although given the short time left before the season ti would not be surprising to see them resign Coleman.

    The problem with this approach is the Jets will be pushing money ahead to future salary cap years. This may eventually come back to haunt them like ti did with Parcell’s overspending with Tannenbaum as his cap guru. The overspending in the late 90’s resulted in 5 years of cap hell and lot of lost talent. Which was only saved by the 2006 CBA. But that being said Tannenbaum’s purging of the dead money prior to the lockout was well done and made the Jets salary cap much much better. To bad he did not cut Sanchez then the Jets would have been in great shape.

  46. Who takes care of dinks and dunks, it’s the LBers and safeties. Our LBers aren’t that great against the pass…

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    Hence the dinks/dunks, screens and runs

  47. hmmm….. go to a team so that you can focus on something outside of playing football.

    Isn’t this inviting distraction?

  48. “Teams would just use more 4 wr and empty back sets to expose the lack of cb depth, have others to throw on.”

    You make it seem like other than the guys Nnamdi and Revis would be covering, they wouldn’t be covered. Not many teams have Number 3 or 4 WRs that are much better than the 3 and 4 CB or safeties on the Jets.

  49. @ GG Eden says:
    Jul 27, 2011 11:12 AM
    Teams would just use more 4 wr and empty back sets to expose the lack of cb depth, have others to throw on.

    Wrong again. They drafted Kyle Wilson last year in the first round, not to mention Lowery is pretty good depth… nice try, moron

  50. If this happens Darrelle Revis will be thrown at more than any other corner in the league. He’s already thrown at a lot for very little gain. Now the interceptions will start coming in bunches.

    Revis locks guys down but Asomugha has been the shutdown intimidator in the NFL for the last 4 years. Nobody throws at him unless they have no choice. The Raiders other CB’s haven’t been slouches either.

  51. @GG Eden

    The spread offense is only as strong as your 4th receiver. If the Jets get Asomugha and teams go spread as a response that’ll mean they’re giving up on the running game to throw at a pass defense with 2 hall of fame caliber corners. That’s going to work?

  52. “Can’t throw on the Jets…..”

    Yeah, because teams only have two receiving options on their teams. Revis and Asomugha are not infallible, first and foremost. Secondly, teams can send their two wideouts whereever and still have two or three receiving options that the Jets defense will now be hard pressed to cover.

    Will getting Asomugha improve the Jets defense? Yes. But will it make it unbeatable? Not even close. This team still has some issues, and they have a questionable pass rush.

  53. Oh my god! What will offensive coaches due against them? Sleepless nights? Ohhh, wait! I got it, run the ball and screen passes! Wow! Problem fixed! The Jets are taking the Cowboys and Redskins approach, spend a ton of money on a few “elite” players and watch your team impload. Its worked well for the Skins and Cowboys hasn’t it? Go for it Jets! Great idea! Hey Jets: go after T.O. And Haynesworth too!

  54. One aside to all of this: if you’re Nnamdi Asomugha and you’ve made $32 million the last couple of years playing in Oakland and not having a lot of fun in the process where do you want to go to end your career?

    You already have more money than you know what to do with. You’ve been playing for a weak team with a coach under fire for like the last 5 years.

    You want to go finish your career playing for Rex and having fun and you’re probably willing to take less than absolute top dollar to do it.

    If the Jets make a competitive offer I think he winds up in NY. He’ll have a lot more fun there than he would in Houston or Detroit and life is short. A couple million isn’t going to make him play somewhere that’s a lot less fun to be.

  55. LOL! YEAH! WE’LL JUST RUN ON THEM AND BEAT THEM!

    wait…their defense was ranked #3 in stopping the run last year (According to ESPN)….they invested their first round pick on a DT/DE and their third round pick on a massive run stopping NT.

    But yeah, keep running all over them. Clowns.

  56. Where is money coming from.?
    They just signed Holmes to a big contract and they were over the cap on day 1.

    Still think he’s going to the Texans or maybe the Bucs.

  57. @ xstaticonradio,
    Plus, they signed Holmes to a 5 year deal yesterday.
    How are they manipulating the cap figures ?
    I hope they do sign him, they will be lining up 2nd and 3rd teir lineman on both offense and defense.

  58. Go ahead and spend most of your money on CB’s.. I think this will be hilarious to watch the fall of the Jets cuz they won’t be able to pay their other players. What a joke of a franchise.

  59. All that matters is who is the best time right now.

    No promises for the future and dead men live in the past.

    God bless the NFL, long live one man compressing another man’s spine.

  60. everydayimfumbilin says: Jul 27, 2011 10:14 AM

    i think they’re impact on the field is overrated they’re only 2 players there’s 9 other players to worry about

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    And all 9 of them will be blitzing.

  61. With all the Jet haters coming out of the woodwork, they must be doing something right. Still gotta win the division, though. That has to be first priority. Another year of 3 road playoff games isn’t going to cut it.

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