The good news for Jets fans (assuming that the celebration by the player will include no waking and/or baking) is that receiver Santonio Holmes has agreed to remain with the team for five years. The better news is that his contract makes it easy to keep chasing cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Holmes contract has a cap number of only $2.45 million in 2011.
Mehta also reports that the Jets are serious about their pursuit of Asomugha. And the man with whom Asomugha would be paired definitely is serious about it.
“We want to see it,” Darrelle Revis told Mehta. “Hopefully it will happen.”
Revis expressed a little humility to aid in the recruitment effort. “He’s the best CB in the league,” Revis said of Asomugha. “Me and him as a tandem would be unbelievable. It would be awesome.”
So what will happen? Our guess (and it’s just a guess, but if we end up being right history could become a little foggy) is that Asomugha will take less than he could get elsewhere to play for the Jets. But that first requires Asomugha to find out how much he can get elsewhere. So he needs to solicit the best offer from all other interested teams, including (reportedly) the Texans, 49ers, and whoever else gets into it.
Then, the question would be how close New York could come to the ceiling, and whether Nnamdi would be willing to take from the Jets 85 percent, 88 percent, 90 percent, or more of what he could get elsewhere.
And then it will be decision time. But we still can’t forgot the prediction of David White, formerly of the San Francisco Chronicle and now of the cloth. White predicted in January that Asomugha will land with the Jets or the Packers.
“I know him well. . . . Mark it down,” White said.
We have. And we have a feeling that practices in New York this year will feature some combination of Revis and Asomugha covering Holmes and Randy Moss.