The Dallas Cowboys continue their courtship of the top free agent available, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. ESPN's senior NFL analyst John Clayton tweeted on Friday afternoon that the Dallas Cowboys have become real players in the Asomugha sweepstakes. Unfortunately for the Cowboys and their fans, Clayton also says that the New York Jets are still in the lead for his services.
That the Cowboys have come out of the blue to emerge as legitimate suitors for Asomugha is a bit surprising, despite Jerry Jones' penchant for making a splash. The Cowboys were strapped by the new salary cap and were forced to release veteran players such as Marion Barber, Roy Williams and Leonard Davis. The Cowboys, though, have cleared off some cap room and players on the Cowboys such as Tony Romo have said that they are willing to restructure their contracts if it'll benefit the Cowboys as a whole.
A decision from Asomugha should come sooner rather than later, as training camps are underway and an entire offseason of preparation is being crammed into a month. The Jets have reportedly been trying to squeeze an answer out of Asomugha, but Jerry Jones and the Cowboys certainly have his attention.