Kansas City Chiefs guard Jon Asamoah (73) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Chiefs 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets will go after Jon Asamoah

The Kansas City Chiefs have three offensive linemen hitting the free agent market in left tackle Branden Albert and solid guards Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah, and they will most likely keep only one of those players. Albert is as good as gone due to his expensive price tag, but the situation as it relates to the Chiefs guards is unclear at this moment of time. It’s possible that the Chiefs could keep both, but I think it’s more likely that only one of Asamoah and Schwartz stays in K.C. Schwartz figures to be more expensive, since he’s the better player and will want a big payday after being criminally underrated and underpaid for his entire career.

Asamoah isn’t quite as good as Schwartz, but he’s still one of the top free agent offensive linemen available and figures to land a nifty payday. With the tampering period today, it looks like there’s a good chance Asamoah hits the free agent market, and we now know one team that will be interested.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets will “make a play” for Asamoah over the three-day tampering period, and it’s going to be interesting to see how much mutual interest there is. Asamoah’s price tag is also interesting, but there’s no doubt that he would be a very good starter for the Jets. Willie Colon is an impending free agent, but Mehta reports that the reliable veteran is a backup plan to potential big upgrade Asamoah.

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  • berttheclock

    Interesting that two players were taken next to one another in the draft are hitting FAcy at the same time. The Chiefs took Asamoah and left Veldheer for the Raiders on the very next pick. I still wonder what would have happened had Veldheer been taken by the Chiefs, moved to LT and had Albert more to guard.

    However, on the Finley thread, Joe, I asked which Finley you thought might show up for the Chiefs. The one who can produce very well or the one who pouts and knocks his QB even though the mistakes had been made by Finley, himself.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      That’s a really interesting “What if?” scenario, especially since Albert is also hitting FA and the hierarchy goes Veldheer, Albert, and then Asamoah on most free agent rankings that I’ve seen.

      Which Finley will show up? I think it’s going to be the former one, assuming he’s healthy in both cases. A career-threatening injury has a way of making a player more humble, and Finley is in no position to pout at this stage; he’s just looking to pick himself back up. I also believe that the narrative spun against Finley’s attitude is exaggerated (as it usually is), because he cleaned up his act last year. In 2012, though, he definitely looked far too entitled and selfish.

      Sorry for not answering the Finley question in the thread yesterday, sometimes my eyes just skip over something (haha, probably too much scrolling these days).

      • berttheclock

        Three things about Finley. 1) he caught a higher percentage of passes thrown to him than Quarless, he had a better average per catch and he was far better in yards after the catch.

        • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

          He’s waayyy better than Quarless haha.