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New York Jets News And Rumors: Team in Talks With Asomugha & Holmes

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Jets Swinging For Fences? In Talks With Holmes & Asomugha

The New York Jets have formally reached out to Nnamdi Asomugha, according to Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger. Mike Tannenbaum is known for always doing his due diligence but the mere thought of Darrelle Revis and Asomugha in the same secondary, makes this news that much more exciting.

Vrentas also reported earlier in the day that the Jets were the first team to make an offer to free agent wide receiver Santonio Holmes. The Washington Redskins, considered the main competitor with the Jets for Holmes services, have already brought back Santana Moss on a 3 year, 15 million dollar deal, which could help the Jets cause.

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Damien Woody Retires, Wayne Hunter Resigned

In a somewhat surprising move, veteran right tackle Damien Woody has retired. He had said earlier in the week, he would return to the New York Jets or retire, but would not come back at veteran's minimum salary or without a guarantee to start. Clearly the Jets weren't offering that and decided to bring back Hunter, who was pretty good filling in Woody at the end of last season.

Hunter will compete with second year lineman Vladimir Ducasse for the starting right tackle spot. His deal is reported as being for 4 years and 13 million dollars and is likely structured not to have a major impact on the Jets cap situation this year. 

Woody had been the Jets starting right tackle the past three seasons and we wish him well moving forward in his post football life. 

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New York Jets: Nnamdi Asomugha Could Be Ready For His Close-Up

The New York Jets won't be able to offer free agent Nnamdi Asomugha the biggest contract, but for it might not be necessary to get the shutdown corner's signature on a contract.

First word came down from Peter King that Asomugha "wants Jets" and if he does we might know why.  Chris Mortensen thinks the All-Pro's desire to start building a career after football could lead him to New York.

"You keep hearing that Nnamdi wants to go somewhere where he can begin to focus on his post-playing career, even though he’ll give his all as he’s playing, and he has a great interest in being an actor, whether it’s in theater or whatever, and that could factor into it."

Though Mort did say he doesn't believe Asomugha would be willing to let the lights of Broadway be the determining factor, it's something that can't be ignored.

Coming to the Jets would also finally allow him to see some action on the field.  After years of being ignored on his own little "Asomugha Island", being paired with Darrelle Revis would force teams to look his way.

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New York Jets Want Damien Woody Back

The Star-Ledger is reporting the New York Jets have made a hard push today to get Damien Woody back on their roster. This was expected as Vladimir Ducasse hasn't had an off-season to show the coaching staff he is ready to start at right tackle. I would anticipate the two sides being able to work something out, sooner rather than later. 

A pair of veterans who were released today that could interest the Jets is former Patriots OLB Tully Banta-Cain and former Ravens DT Kelly Gregg. The Jets could use improved depth at both positions. Banta-Cain recorded 5 sacks for the Patriots last year and Rex Ryan is familiar with Gregg from his time in Baltimore.

One of the more bizarre stories of the day is that the Jets pursuit of Nnamdi Asomugha could be helped by his desire to act after his football career. I am sure Woody Johnson could pull a few strings and have Asomugha on broadway if he was willing to take less money to come to New York.

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New York Jets: What To Look For In First Days Of Free Agency

Like every other team in the NFL, the New York Jets have been active in the first hours of free agency by signing a handful of undrafted free agents. Here is the current list, which we will update throughout the day:

  • TE Josh Baker, NW Missouri State
  • TE Collin Franklin, Iowa State University
  • G Chris Stewart, Notre Dame
  • DE Wayne Daniels, TCU
  • SS Davon Morgan, Virginia Tech
  • CB Julian Posey, Ohio
  • LB Nick Bellore, CMU
  • OL Tom Ottaiano, Monmouth
  • WR Courtney Smith, South Alabama
  • WR Mike Campbell, Temple
  • OG Zane Taylor, Utah
  • OLB Stafford Gatling, Ohio

In other news --

  • ESPN Chicago is reporting the Bearshave interest in Jets WR Brad Smith. The Jets are highly unlikely to bring Smith back considering their other free agents.
  • Everything we have heard, indicates there will be a bidding war for WR Santonio Holmes between the Jets and the Washington Redskins. However, Holmes agent has went on record saying he wants to stay in New York.
  • Not surprisingly, Damien Woody has said if the Jets don't bring him back, he will retire. I would expect the Jets to find way to get back for at least one more season.
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Braylon Edwards Wants To Stay In New York

Braylon Edwardswas in court today pleading guilty to his DWI charge from last year. However, he did take the time to leave reporters with a few quotes, including making it clear to ESPN's Jane McNamus that he wants to stay with the Jets and hopes to sign a deal with them in their window exclusivity to negotiate with him.

Edwards has been very open about his desire to stay with the team this year, more than Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie, who have been open about getting the most money possible. It will be interesting to see if the Jets can work something out for Edwards, even though it is common knowledge they have made Holmes, another wide receiver, a higher priority this off-season.

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The Jets also announced yesterday they hired former Indianapolis Colts coach Tom Moore as an offensive consultant. He will help with red-zone playcalling, an area the Jets struggled in last year. Moore is best know for working with Peyton Manning throughout his career.

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Nnamdi Asomugha To Jets Chatter Picks Back Up

All it takes is one tweet...

In this case, the tweet came from SI's Peter King, who said the following about Nnamdi Asomugha's preferred destination:

"Dallas, Philadelphia, Houston, New York Jets longshot. Hear he wants Jets"

Well of course he wants the Jets, why wouldn't he want to join a Super Bowl contender to form the greatest starting duo of corners potentially in NFL history? The question really is, just how bad does he want the Jets? They won't be able to offer him the same money as the other interested teams but do offer a better overall situation if winning and being on an elite defense are his top priorities.

I am sure Mike Tannenbaum will at least make a phone call to explore pursuing Asomugha. The Jets would likely have to sacrifice at other positions, but it could be worth it to strengthen their secondary by such a substantial margin.

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Kris Jenkins Announces Retirement

Former New York Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins announced his retirement via Facebook yesterday. The decision wasn't surprising considering his last two seasons have ended with ACL injuries. Jenkins gave the Jets one terrific season in 2008 after being traded to them from Carolina. After being an All-Pro in 2008, he sustained a season ending injury in week 6 of the 2009 season and only a few plays into week 1 of the 2010 season. 

Here is his announcement --

"Wanted to let you all know that I have loved the support and respect that you all have given me throughout my career. But it is time for the torch to be passed to the younger players. I am going to hang up the cleats! The mind is always willing to play but my body deserves the rest. Thank you for the opportunites to play Carolina and New York."

The Jets had released Jenkins earlier in the off-season and currently have Sione Pouha, Marcus Dixon, and third round draft pick Kenrick Ellis at nose tackle.

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