Shortly after reading our Turn On The Jets 12 Pack of March moves for the New York Jets, the team decided to release Darrelle Revis (we just had the wrong month). This was a no brainer move despite Revis’ status as one of the best players in franchise history.
Let’s get the blunt reality out of the way first, Revis second tour of duty with the Jets was a failure. He was paid a 5 year, 70 million dollar contract to give them 2-3 premium years at corner before potentially transitioning to safety. He gave them 10 good games in 2015 for a team who missed the playoffs before getting hurt and playing poorly down the stretch. Instead of bouncing back, Revis came back out of shape (his own admission) and had an awful 2016. It was awful from a production standpoint but worse, it was awful from an effort standpoint. Regardless of his recent off the field issues, he played himself into being cut, which was shocking to see from a future Hall of Fame player.
From 2008 to 2011, Revis was arguably the best player in Jets franchise history. He will ultimately be a Ring of Honor player in MetLife and end up in Canton sooner rather than later. Revis was a mercenary who maximized his earnings while in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with his team’s most hated rival in his only season playing for them. It is a complex legacy but you are being naive to deny how good of a football player he was for the majority of his career.
The Jets deserve credit for properly assessing their situation and releasing both Revis and Mangold. Brandon Marshall and Marcus Gilchrist should be next. The Jets are going to be buyers in the free agent market at corner but will not be buying anybody near the age of 30. They are also likely to strongly consider a corner with the 6th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Sadly, only two years after Mike Maccagnan rebuilding the secondary, it needs to be built again from scratch. He whiffed on the Antonio Cromartie signing. He ultimately whiffed on this signing and he also whiffed on the Gilchrist signing.
Some team may take a flier on Revis but the tape does not lie. It is probably time for him to retire. See you in Canton, Darrelle.
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