NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Jets already have one shutdown cornerback. Darrelle Revis says New York should try to make it two.
Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha is considered the top player available among this year’s free agents, and Rex Ryan surely would love to add another dominant player to his secondary. The Jets, who reached an agreement with wide receiver Santonio Holmes early Wednesday, are also in serious negotiations with Asomugha.
“He’s the best cornerback in the league,” said Revis, who has often been labeled as such by others around the league. “Me and him as a tandem would be unbelievable. It would be awesome.
“I would love to have him as a teammate.”
Talk about a ringing endorsement. And, talk about a nightmare for opposing offenses. The two are considered by many to be the top cornerbacks in the league, and teams would have a difficult time challenging a secondary with those two roaming around.
Revis said if Asomugha signs with the Jets, “our pass defense is going to be sky high.”
But, New York isn’t the only team hot after Asomugha, who will command a huge contract as he did while with Oakland. If they can’t land Asomugha, the Jets could turn their attention back to Antonio Cromartie, one of their own free agents who had a solid season last year after being acquired from San Diego.
“We all know this is a business,” said Revis, who missed training camp last summer while embroiled in a bitter contract holdout before signing.
A few things working in the Jets’ favor, though, are the facts that Revis and Asomugha are friends who have openly talked about how fun it would be to play together, and that Asomugha reportedly would like to get into acting after his playing career. New York could be attractive to him for that reason, too.
“Everybody would love to see him as a member of their team,” Revis said. “I would want to see it. Hopefully, it happens.” Revis wouldn’t bite when asked which of the two — Asomugha or Cromartie — he would prefer to play with if given the choice. He said he and Asomugha have spoken recently, but not to “recruit” him.
“We’ve always spoke as friends, but we even spoke about it at the Pro Bowl, about playing on the same team,” Revis said. “Nnamdi, he knows where he wants to play and what’s the best fit for him and what he wants to do with his career.”
Revis also said he would accept wide receiver Randy Moss if the team went out and signed him. The two have made comments about each other in the past, especially while Moss was on the New England Patriots, and Revis called him “a slouch” for his lack of effort at times.
“Randy, you respect a guy like him,” Revis said. “Words are words. We know sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.”
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