Back at the Pro Bowl, Darrelle Revis and Nnamdi Asomugha were joking around about ending up on the same team. It was amusing, but everyone just laughed it off because the thought of either team getting rid of their shutdown corner seemed insane.
But sometimes, insane is the Raiders’ specialty. Adam Schefter delivered word Tuesday that the Raiders actually are trying to trade Asomugha. Naturally, everyone’s minds immediately turned to the Jets.
Schefter also pointed out, though, that it would be really, really difficult for the Raiders to trade Asomugha because he’s got a contract that’s pretty insane. I’ll skip the details, but if a new team wanted to keep him past 2011, they’d probably have to pay him the average of the top five quarterback salaries, which will be a huge, huge number. No team wants to absorb that contract, even for a player of Asomugha’s quality. With mark Sanchez looking at $50 million over the next five years,another salary like that is out.
There’s always the possibility, though, that Asomugha could agree to a new, cheaper deal in exchange for getting out of Oakland. I don’t know if he’s unhappy being a Raider, but it’s hard to come up with too many reasons why he wouldn’t be.
Two NFL writers out there think it could happen. Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News lays out the reasons why he thinks it’s possible, and ESPN’s Tim Graham does the same.
I, for one, am terrified of the idea. It would be chaos. One entire division in the NFL would basically have to abandon the passing game, because wide receivers would be useless. The Patriots, Dolphins and Bills would all run jumbo packages, all game. We would revert to 1920s football. Leather helmets would return. The NFL would look like “Leatherheads.” Prohibition would be restored. Movies would go back to being silent. Chaos, I tell you.