All the talk during this NFL offseason (outside of the Alex Smith trade) seems to orbit Jets star corner Darelle Revis, and with good reason. The Jets, according to ESPN and Jets reporter for the New York Daily News Manish Mehta, are shopping the best corner back in the NFL. The Jets, who finished 3rd in their division with a 6-10 record last year in Rex Ryan’s fourth year with the team (and his worst season yet) have every reason in the world to shop Revis.
Why trading Revis makes sense for the Jets:
1. The Jets still had the second overall passing defense WITHOUT Revis. Antonio Cromartie stepped up and played outstanding football during Revis’s injury. Kyle Wilson played well to, but not like the first round draft pick he is.
2. Regardless, this years Free Agent market is absolutely LOADED with Corner talent, which ironically works against them in some ways because it gives teams other options then having to go after Revis.
3. More Draft picks for the Offense. The teams offense is abyssmal. They need all the help they can get, and fast (you know its bad when David Garrard is Mark Sanchez’s forseen “competition” should he sign with the team). We aren’t talking about a second and fourth rounder (what the 49ers are getting for Alex Smith, reportedly) we are talking a first and third rounder. That’s impact players who can come in day one and instantly improve your football team (theoretically speaking).
4. Cap space. They pay Revis a TON of money (and rightfully so) but trading him would free up much needed cap space to help build the roster and potentially sign better free agents, and keep free agents-to-be in Dustin Keller and LaRon Landry. Not to mention, the Jets cap space situation is almost as anemic as their offense was last year (even after considering that they released 6 veteran players, freeing up 30 million. The Jets were 20 million over the cap before hand).
5. Revis is in the prime of his career (even coming off knee surgery) but I don’t think he will be winning a Superbowl with the Jets. If he gets traded he has a far better chance to win a ring before his career ends, and he damn well deserves one.
6. Revis will be a free agent at the end of this up coming season regardless if the Jets keep him or not. That is of course unless he gets an extension, and with the Jets cap situation (See above) that’s not going to happen. It makes absolutely NO sense to let him walk out of the door and receive NOTHING for him. That’s just idiotic.
7. Finally as best said by ex- wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson “”He’s not going to win any games for you. He’s a defensive back who will shut down the top receiver, but the ball is not in his hands. The Jets need more than a top corner. They need some pieces. If he gives them the value to get those pieces, then move him.” Well said, Keyshawn.
Why the Jets should consider keeping Revis:
1. He is a once in a generation player. The likes of which the NFL has not seen in many years (possibly since Deon Sanders) and has a tremendous impact on the opposing offense. He dictates where the quarterback is going to go with the ball. He effectively shuts down one side of the field and makes it irrelevant to the opposing team. Thats rare, people.
2. He will be a reason for Jets fans to attend games next year. While the Jets need draft picks and to be almost completely revamped, they currently possess few reasons to put butts in seats at Metlife stadium. He in fact, may be the only reason right now with the roster as is, and the revenue would help the Jets in the short term.
Depending on what avenue the Jets take in this whole Revis saga, could change the face of football for many years to come. All signs point to the beginning of the end for Revis as a Jet, but as I always like to say, weirder things have happened.