“As The Revis Turns” has recently been spiced up by another round of media placements courtesy of Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, who at this point should be paid as part-time writers at Pro Football Talk, Yahoo Sports and the New York Daily News. At the center of the most recent controversy is the New York Jets enforcing Darrelle Revis attend voluntary workouts in Florham Park to collect bonus money on his contract. Yet, the real story is the false sense of urgency attempting to be created by Revis’ side who appears to be growing increasingly desperate.
The Jets have no rush to do anything. Darrelle Revis’ contract doesn’t end until after the 2013 season. There is one serious bidder for him right now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who apparently haven’t budged on their offer in a couple of weeks. There is no bidding war. There is no line of teams around the corner anxious to pay 15 million per year for a cornerback coming off ACL surgery. If the Jets want to see Revis at their facility, since he is still their best player under contract, there is nothing wrong with that. If Revis is that adamant about not attending, he can forfeit his bonus money…this is why people sign contracts.
Remember back when free agency opened and there were anonymous (shocking I know) reports that Jets GM John Idzik would be an “idiot” if he didn’t trade him by the end of the week? At the time, speculation swirled the Jets couldn’t get a single first round pick for Revis. Now, the latest reports have Tampa ready to offer a 1st round, 3rd round and 6th round pick with the Jets still holding out for more.
Idzik has shown a patience and quiet approach to this off-season, a welcome change for this organization and one that he has held to when it comes to Revis. Maybe after the Draft, Tampa Bay isn’t satisfied with how they were able to address cornerback and up their offer? Maybe as the season gets closer, they panic at the thought of another year of seeing more tarps in their stadium than fans, and up their offer? Maybe the Jets decide to sit down at the negotiating table with Revis over the summer…still an off-season in advance of his contract ending and re-open discussions? There is more fluidity to this situation than the media is letting on because all they are reporting is desperate pleas from Schwartz and Feinsod to get their client traded as soon as possible.
If Tampa Bay is that desperate for Revis immediately, they’ll up their offer with enough time before the Draft to give him a physical. If they aren’t going to budge for now, the Jets don’t have to rush Revis out of town for a deal they aren’t satisfied with. Idzik knows the key to any rebuilding process is draft picks and he knows the best asset he has to acquire more of them is Darrelle Revis, whether those picks come in 2013 or 2014. The trade deadline on the 2013 season doesn’t come until October, not the middle of April.
You don’t knee-jerk trade your best player, you patiently assess the market and situation, while running up the price as high as possible from the only serious bidder. The Jets aren’t caving to the Revis media blitz, an encouraging sign for this team’s future direction and decision making.