The Internet almost exploded last night from this report from Jason La Canfora, which in a nutshell said the New York Jets would consider trading Darrelle Revis this off-season out of a fear of being unable to sign him long term.
First off, the sourcing on this report likely comes from the recent GM interviews, considering candidate Ted Sundquist has leaked what Woody Johnson said about Tim Tebow and his relationship with Rex Ryan. It makes sense that when interviewing prospective candidates Woody Johnson would broach the subject of Revis and say something along the lines of “we need a solution to Revis considering he is going to be a free agent after next year, we can’t franchise him and he will likely be commanding to be the highest paid defensive player in the league…and he is coming off ACL surgery.” Of course this gets reported like the Jets have been calling every team in the league begging them to take Revis in a trade.
It is called doing your due diligence. Every option is on the table with every player on the Jets roster. It doesn’t mean that Revis will actually get traded, it just means it is an option that needs to be researched and explored.
Is there a strong argument to trading Revis? Yes. Are you going to pay him 16 million per year right now coming off ACL surgery, when you have no quarterback, running back, linebackers or guards? Are you going to let him play out this season and then watch him walk away in free agency for nothing? There is a short term cap hit in trading Revis but it would return value, likely in the form of draft picks and free up money long term.
Revis is a terrific player. The best cornerback in football and one of the best players in Jets history. There is nothing wrong with having a strong sentiment to keep him but if you do, Antonio Cromartie must be traded and LaRon Landry is walking in free agency (and this probably happening regardless of what happens with Revis).
Sooner or later, Jets fans need to accept the reality that you don’t build around two cornerbacks. The Jets roster is completely depleted on offense and at linebacker. It doesn’t matter how great your cornerback duo is if you can’t score points or rush the passer. Who are the 49ers corners? Who are the Ravens corners? What about the Patriots and Falcons? Teams don’t win paying 25 million dollars to two cornerbacks annually.
We have broached the subject of trading Revis here before. It is a reasonable option to explore. There is nothing wrong with doing the proper research. The Jets are rebuilding. The sonner people accept it, the better.