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Darrelle Revis and his situation with the New York Jets is a hot topic right now: Some rival executives are saying the team would be crazy to trade their best player, and others reckon that it’s the only way to repair the disenchanted franchise. Jet fans are split on the topic: Some are hoping that the team will sign Revis to an extension and others are hoping they trade him away. You know all the arguments about how a cornerback doesn’t win football games; you can’t pay a defensive back that much money; you will never get full value in a trade for Revis because of his torn ACL. While most of these points may contain truth, here is why the Jets have to trade their star cornerback.
The team has lost 11 starters from last year’s roster, so clearly the Jets front office is looking at 2013 as a rebuilding year. The term ‘rebuilding’ is used loosely in the NFL because – unlike baseball where it could take 2-3 years to become a contender – a competent front office can conceivably turn a roster around within a year. But don’t get your hopes up fans: The Jets need so much roster help that, unless GM John Idzik can produce miracles, the 2013 season will be a wash. Draft picks have become a highly-prized commodity for this newly rearranged front office.
Furthermore, Revis has made his contract an issue before: He has held out twice already and was threatening to hold out again before training camp began last year. Sources say owner Woody Johnson is tired of dealing with Revis’s agents Feinsod and Schwartz, and he cannot stomach the thought of paying Revis 15-16 million a year. The Jets need as much cap space as possible both right now and for the future, and tying that much money up into one position would be bad business. It did not work well with Mark Sanchez. And, even if the shutdown corner did agree to a cap friendly contract, what’s to say he won’t hold out again next year? Or the year after? He already has a history of not being content with his contract: What if Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman plays lights out next year and gets a contract larger than number 24’s? Guess who will be knocking on Idzik’s door for a new deal.
Another issue with keeping Revis is his ACL injury. Torn ACLs are among the hardest setbacks there are to rehab from and subsequently regain playing form. Fans look at Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles and say: “Well they did it.” But these are very rare cases, and we don’t know if Revis will be able to come back 100% healthy like they did. Imagine this scenario: the Jets agree to an extension with Revis and he can’t plant fully on that knee to turn with a receiver. That would be the kiss of death for a cornerback; once the receiver knows you can’t run with him, it’s game over. That’s a kind of risk the Jets cannot afford to take.
We all know that Revis has one suitor for sure – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs are supposedly reluctant to part with their 2013 first rounder (13th overall) and rumor is that they have offered their 2013 second rounder and their 2014 first instead. If I’m John Idzik I’d be angling for their 2013 third rounder as well and then taking that deal – having two first round picks in next year’s draft would be a lot more valuable than having them this year – and it would open the possibility that the Jets could position themselves to make a run at LB Jadeveon Clowney or QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Timing is the only issue that remains – if he gets his asking price, Idzik could choose to trade him now – or better yet, he could wait until Revis starts playing on that rehabilitated ACL injury to show all the other teams that he really is fine.
Either way… the Jets must trade Darrelle Revis!
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