New York Jets – No Rush To Trade Darrelle Revis

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“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.

10 thoughts on “New York Jets – No Rush To Trade Darrelle Revis

  1. I disagree with the assessment that Idzik is playing hardball with Revis or the Bucs. I think he probably wants an idea of what it is he is trading, i.e. what he actually has so as to have a better sense of what Revis is actually worth.

    Idzik’s comments on the Jets’ medical and training staff and facilities point to this. Anyone has the right to choose his own doctor, and it would be incredibly petty of Idzik to insist on picking Revis’s doctors for him. But it is in no way over the line to get his own opinion from his own people.

  2. 100% agreed. nice job joe. i do my best to stay away from those sites. nydn has become a daily joke with a horribly mismanaged website and worse writers and yahoo is almost as bad. keep up the good work. IIWT.

  3. Kash, you mean Tanny’s docs? Cause the surgery was done under Tanny’s watch not Idizk’s.

  4. The surgery was done by an outside surgeon of Revis’ s choosing. He is also rehabbing his knee with his own docs and his own trainer in AZ. They send Idzik weekly updates. I figure Idzik wants his own opinion.

  5. The Jets are entitled to the right to protect their investment, which includes, but is not limited to, having one of THEIR people give him a physical.

    This whole situation is, in the words of Colonel Sherman T. Potter, “a bunch of horse hockey!” And I applaud Idzik for calling their bluff.

  6. I appreciate someone finally addressing the Idzik approach to Revis in a sensical manner. Admittedly, I read the cimini and walker and now completely understand why you and your readers willfully bash them. This being a Jets-centric site and obviously having a bias does not preclude you guys from a level of objectivity that I appreciate. Reading those other guys is like the days of communist propaganda. They’re willing to spew volumous amounts of word vomit seemingly in an effort to invoke a response. How often do I have to read about how the Jets (once again) have botched this endeavor? It annoys my balls off that people (in the business) might actually believe their one sided crap. Could Idzik’s approach possibly be to create a new culture? Could it possibly be that he’s creating standards for an organization? Is the message that no one person is above the team? Of course not. How could an accomplished, intelligent man like Idzik with all his aptitude and experience possibly have a clue as to what he’s doing? No, the Jets should go on the short sighted and uninformed advice of jaded bloggers and trade the green and white’s favorite son for a tit on an elbow and 2 slaps across the mouth.

  7. A funny thought occured to me: where is Woody?

    Remember several months ago, when it was Woody who decided to trade Revis and Idzik was just the “idiot” taking orders? Well, where is the generalissimo? Someone needs to remind the media that Idzik has no part in trading Revis, that it all falls on Woody. That Idzik is just “a cap guy.” And that he has no reason to want to trade Revis.

  8. woody has been shopping. he’s having a hard time finding a green tie that matches the team’s colours.

  9. Wonder if Woody actually did favor a Revis trade. He may not be up to that type of second level thinking. My guess is that he worries that if Revis goes so do ticket sales.

  10. I gotta say, I’m so impressed with Joe and the writers on this site. It’s the best place for level headed commentary. Keep up the good work!

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