The Jets appear to be hot in pursuit of former Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, perhaps the prized possession of the free agent market.
Reports have surfaced that Asomugha and the Jets are in advanced discussion for a deal that would bring one of the game’s top lockdown players to partner with Darrelle Revis, largely considered the top cornerback in the league.
Jets management is unable to comment on any player specifics at this juncture of free agency, but a player like Asomugha fits coach Rex Ryan’s 3-4 scheme perfectly.
“I think corner is a huge priority in our system we do play so much man coverage,” Ryan said.
Revis, a perennial All-Pro player and the highest paid cornerback in the league, is personal friends with Asomugha and admits to having talked with him concerning a possible move to the Jets.
“Bringing Nnamdi on board, that’s great. He’s the best cornerback in the league. Me and him as a tandem would be unbelievable, it’d be awesome,” Revis said. “We’d love to have him as a teammate.”
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on Tuesday expressed to the media his willingness to rework his contract to help give the Jets cap room to bring in a player like Holmes or Asomugha.
In just his third year in the league, Sanchez is set to earn the title as one of the team’s captains, according to his head coach. Sanchez, who was instrumental in putting together the “Jets West” offseason workout and the team’s June voluntary training camp at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J., has shown enough leadership to warrant the honor.
“We will put the ‘C’ on his jersey this year,” Ryan said. “I think he’s earned that. I’m excited to watch this man grow.”