The New York Jets are reportedly interested in signing free agent guard Jon Asamoah, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs last year.
As of 12:00 noon on Saturday, teams were officially allowed to negotiate with free agents, and almost immediately news broke that the Jets were in talk with Jon Asamoah. Asamoah has always been a quality starting offensive linemen, although for some obscure reason he was benched towards the end of last year by the Chiefs. However, this is actually more of a blessing than a concern for Idzik and the Jets. If anything, Asamoah’s benching will make his market value go down, allowing the Jets to sign him for a lot cheaper.
Jon Asamoah is still just 25 years old after being in the league for 5 years, meaning he has a lot of experience but still enough time to develop and hit his prime. Asamoah’s athleticism at the guard position is something the Jets need, as their offensive line has struggled at times keeping up with opposing defenses.
Whether the Jets are able to land Asamoah or not, an offensive guard signing will have to made. With OG Willie Colon likely being lost to free agency, this leaves the Jets with just Brian Winters and William Campbell as the only active guards on the roster. Brian Winters was thrust into the starting role this season, and although he struggled throughout the year he showed flashes of greatness and some excellent potential. William Campbell, however, is a long way away from being considered as a starter-quality player in the NFL, and the remaining guard position has to be filled.
Jon Asamoah is a prime candidate to fill the void in the Jets’ offensive line, and securing him is clearly a top priority for the New York Jets’ administration. However, if we are unable to acquire Asamoah there are still a number of starter-quality guards out there as long as Idzik moves fast. Other potential signings include Zane Beadles, Uche Nwaneri, Geoff Schwartz, and the recently released Davin Joseph.
Out of that list, Asamoah likely provides the most talent per dollar, and hopefully we will see him starting Week 1 in September while wearing a green and white jersey.