According to ESPN, and of course they’re known for their factual reporting regarding the Raiders, Nnamdi Asomugha is pleading with the New York Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan to make him a New Yorker. I kid about their factual reporting on the Raiders.
“Me and [Darrelle] Revis have been talking to Rex to try to do something,” Asomugha was quoted. “You may see us in the future. There’s a little bit of talk going on. Either he’s coming to Oakland or something else will happen.”
First off, I have trouble with this quote. The Cal alum is one of the most well-spoken people that I’ve had the pleasure to talk to and I can’t remember a time where he has started off a sentence, “Me and…” Asomugha is more likely to say, “Revis and I.” I know it’s nit-picking, but it’s just an observation.
My real problem with the story is that it’s painted in a way that makes you think that Asomugha wants out of Oakland and that the Jets would actually consider trading for him…if Roger Goodell and the league office would allow it. As if the NFL would step in the middle of a trade by the Raiders. Then again, it’s not like the league didn’t prevent the Raiders from getting John Elway.
Here’s why the story is bogus: Darrelle Revis’ contract is voided after the 2010 season, making him a free agent next year. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, “After next season, the Jets also will have the option of buying back the fifth and sixth years on Revis’ contract for $20 million.“The Jets aren’t expected to do that. Rather than buy the final two years of his contract, it’s thought that they will attempt to get the 24 year old shutdown corner into a contract richer than Asomugha’s.
I’d be very surprised if Raiders HQ hasn’t been buzzing since the release of this story. I’d even be more surprised if Al Davis and Asomugha haven’t already had a lengthy conversation about it. Let’s say that I’d be floored if Davis hasn’t already discussed this story with the league and has already made plans to go after the Jets for tampering, and a first round pick in this year’s draft.
Most likely, there hasn’t been any tampering, nor has there been any real discussions about uniting these two on the field during the regular season. Just don’t be surprised if Davis is trying to figure out how to make it a reality…in Oakland.