As the offseason begins, Gang Green Nation will take a look at potential ways to improve the club. Today we will explore signing Nnamdi Asomugha.
Profile: The 27 year old corner has spent all six of his NFL seasons in Oakland. Despite never playing on a winning team, Asomugha has blossomed into perhaps the best corner in the game. He does everything well. His cover skills are second to none. He has the speed to stay with any receiver in football. He is strong. He stands at 6'2" meaning it is tough to beat him on a jump ball. Asomugha only intercepted one pass in 2008, but that is because he was so great in coverage that teams never threw at him. Less than two passes per game came his way, and less than one third of those ended up as completions. He ended the year allowing just over half a reception per game.
Why It Makes Sense: The Jets need a starting corner, and Asomugha is the best available. He would make Darrelle Revis far and away the best number two corner in football. Opposing quarterbacks would have to check down on every play for the next five years because their top two wideouts would be blanketed by Revis and Asomugha.
Odds of Happening: The odds are very slim. Oakland would be insane to let him get away. The Raiders applied the franchise tag last season, and seem likely to do so once again. Even if they do let him walk, and crazier things have happened with that franchise, Asomugha is going to require at least Asante Samuel money. The Jets may not be able to afford a massive contract after last spring's spending spree. Even if they did scrape the cash together, there probably would not be enough money to fill any other hole on the roster.