The New York Jets have a major decision to make in regards to the future of their star cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis, who is coming off ACL surgery, will be entering the final year of his contract this upcoming season.
Revis previously held out following the 2009 season which resulted in the Jets signing him to a 4-year $46 million dollar contract. He is likely to demand a long-term deal for what could be 10-years at $15-$16 million dollars per season. That’s a lot of money for a team to commit to one player, especially a team that has the amount of holes the Jets currently have. Do the Jets give the best cornerback, and the most talented player on the team what he wants, or trade him in order to have flexibility in rebuilding a non-existent offense?
There are two sides to this story. The first one is that Revis is a cornerstone player that any team can build around. He is easily the most talented player on the team and arguably the only player that most NFL fans would pay to see currently on the Jets. There is no other defensive player that you can man-up against an opposing offensive player and not have to worry about that player beating you, or having some, if any impact on the game. Trading Revis now might not sit well in what already is a restless fan base.
The second side of the story is that the Jets simply can’t afford to invest $16 million dollars in one player when the team has so many needs. They could easily move him and start rebuilding the offense, which is becoming more and more vital to a team competing for a championship. In today’s NFL, the teams with the best offenses are the ones playing into January.
It’s not like we don’t know what the Jets will look like without Revis, who missed the majority of last season after tearing his ACL against Miami in week 3. The Jets finished the 2012 season as the 2nd best team against the pass. Talk about a telling stat. Without the best shutdown corner in the sport, the Jets were still incredible against the pass. When you hear that stat, you can’t help but think the Jets should trade Revis for the betterment of the team.
Let me make one thing clear about the Jets possibly trading Darrelle Revis, and that is under no circumstances should they give him away for nothing. They can’t do what happens so many times in sports, and that is desperate teams just giving away elite players for little in return. A perfect example is the Columbus Blue Jackets trading Rick Nash to the Rangers essentially for nothing. In a possible trade, the Jets should ask for an elite receiver and multiple first round picks. Anything less, they might as well say, “Thanks, but no thanks”. What would really enrage this fan base is if the Jets trade Revis and only get a 2nd round pick in return. That would be the last straw. Florham Park, New Jersey and the Meadowlands would probably become a war-zone.
Obviously, the Jets have a major dilemma on the table. Other than trading him for nothing, they can’t just let him go via free agency and get NOTHING in return. So sometime soon, Jets brass needs to get together and come up with their plan. If I was running the team, I would explore a trade, and only consider it if I was absolutely blown away with the offer. That means a star offensive player and valuable first round picks. If there is no offer the Jets love, I do everything in my power to re-sign him.
New Jets General Manager John Idzik has a daunting task ahead of him, and one that will more likely than not be the decision that he is remembered for during his time with team. What to do with Darrelle Revis?
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