Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported last night that the New York Jets will explore the trade market for All-World CB, Darrelle Revis. We reported last week that what to do with Revis would be one of new Jets’ GM, John Idzik’s biggest decisions in 2013. This is a polarizing move by Idzik and will surely help define his role as GM. While Revis is the greatest CB that I have ever seen play, it does not make sense to spend QB-like money on a position that really only contributes on 30% of defensive plays.
Jet fans will be torn on this subject. Many will argue that when you have a HOF player, in their prime, you do not let them walk under any circumstances. While others will say that this is the right move. That the team has too many holes to spend Mario Williams money on a cornerback. That the team ranked #2 in pass defense in 2012 with Revis missing the season due to an ACL injury.
The facts are that Revis cannot be franchised after this season and that he will demand a top dollar new contract in 2014. The facts are that Revis has already proven that money drives his decisions and he will not give a home town discount to the Jets. The facts are that Revis will cost the Jets a $6M cap hit in 2014, even after he walks, if retained through 2013. The facts are that Revis is owed a $1M bonus on day 5 of the 2013 NFL season.
The Jets have a few problems to contend with here. Revis is coming off major ACL surgery and his name is not Adrian Peterson (nor does he have his work ethic). Revis’ contract does not allow a new team to view his recovery before investing in a new contract (negotiating with Revis will likely be a trade stipulation). What is Revis’ trade value? The Jets will want draft picks, and likely a #1 rounder. But will teams be willing to part with much given his contract and injury concerns?
I speculated in my Idzik post that Cromartie is actually the better CB to trade here. Better contract to move and coming off his greatest season ever. Either way, I will post my flag in the camp of Jet fans that agree on spending less at the CB position and more on the offensive side of the ball. This is a move for 2014 and beyond… not 2013. This makes sense as we deal with the Sanchez dilemma in 2014. Let’s see what you’ve got Idzik!