Jets coach Rex Ryan elicits a lot of strong emotions. Most Jets fans love him. Most other fans hate him (especially Dolphins fans). If two of the best cornerbacks in the game get their way, that hate could soon turn to jealousy.
According to ESPN.com, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha got to talking while in Miami for Sunday’s Pro Bowl and decided that they wouldn’t mind being paired together more often. While pairing arguably the game’s two best corners sounds more like someone turned off the fair-trade settings in Madden, Asomugha insists that they are “dead serious” about the idea.
Considering the Jets already fielded the NFL’s top pass defense with the platoon of Lito Sheppard, Dwight Lowery and Dexter Strickland across the ocean from “Revis Island,” adding a Pro Bowler like Asomugha could make things very frightening for opposing offenses.
Asomugha was given a three-year, $45.3-million deal last year, the most expensive ever for a defensive back. According to ESPN.com, Revis can expect to set a new record this offseason. Despite the cap logistics of two $15-million-plus corners on the same team, the duo has hope.
"That's a lot of money they're going to be pushing around," Revis told the Web site, "but that'll be tough for quarterbacks. I'll tell you that."
Asomugha can already see a deal on the horizon.
"You may see us in the future. There's a little bit of talk going on,” Asomugha said. “Either he's coming to Oakland or something else will happen."
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the “something else” to which Asomugha is referring. Asomugha claimed he and Revis had been talking to Ryan about trying to make it happen, though neither said anything about conversations with Raiders coach Tom Cable or Oakland owner Al Davis.
Even though the prospect of both Pro Bowlers in green and white is enough to make Ryan giddy, he probably wishes they hadn’t brought it to his attention, as he now could be subject to tampering charges from the NFL, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
The defensive guru could be charged if he did indeed talk to Asomugha about the idea, as the Raiders corner insinuated. Even with no tampering charges, the two years left on Asomugha’s contract means a trade would have to be made, and that package could prove too steep for Ryan to cough up.
If the possibility remains on the table, the potential pairing of Asomugha with Revis will no doubt give Ryan and Fireman Ed plenty of sweet Super Bowl dreams. To Tom Brady and the rest of the quarterbacks who have to face the Jets, it might seem more like a nightmare.
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