Earlier this week Tony Pauline shared that the Jets might be moving back to a more run-centered offense in 2014 and as an outworking of that direction, the Jets might have interest Kansas City Chief guard Geoff Schwartz once free agency begins in earnest at noon today with the negotiations window preceding the official start of free agency on Tuesday. Could the Jets have their eyes on a different Chiefs guard too? Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News wrote late Friday night that the Jets are reported to have interest in Jon Asamoah.
Asamoah, a third round 2010 draftee out of Illinois turns 26 this summer, and he has started 31 games as a fifth year player. During the 2013 season, Asamoah lost his starting spot to the talented Geoff Schwartz when Asamoah had to sit with a shoulder injury in November. Reports out of KC were that Schwartz played so well in that one game that the Chiefs coaching staff made the decision to keep him as the starter over the final five games of the regular and post-season. The Chiefs offense started to pick up speed around that same time, which is hard to tie to Schwartz’s role and more with the players becoming familiar with Reid’s scheme. All the same, the coaching staff likely figured if it wasn’t broke, don’t fix it.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comAmong all active guards, Asamoah ranked 20th in PFF’s positional rankings starting 12 games for the Chiefs at right guard. Compared to Willie Colon, he’s good but not as sound against the pass, but he is a stable contributor against the run rather than being a liability as Colon was for the Jets in on running plays in 2013. A player like Schwartz would be a better all-around talent for the Jets, but might come with a higher price tag. Among all free agents, Asa ranked 60th in the Around the League free agency 101, and 61st on PFT’s Hot 100 list while holding down the #5 spot among guards in Rotoworld’s top free agent list.
I would love the Jets to bring in a more well-rounded talent at the right guard spot in 2014 and not force the issue with a player like Oday Aboushi or Will Campbell just yet. Free agency is about filling holes and signing a good interior linemen at a reasonable price is one sure way to make life easier on whoever is running the football or standing in the pocket.