Revis Island on the move?
Could the New York Jets seriously be considering a trade involving their best player? Yep, owner Woody Johnson has started to explore the trade market for injured cornerback Darrelle Revis. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Johnson is unsure of the teams ability to sign Revis long term and would rather get value now, then nothing later.
Revis, whose contract voids after the 2013 season, is set to earn $6 million in 2013 (between salary and bonuses), and owner Woody Johnson has strong reservations about the ability to extend Revis’s deal, the sources said. Johnson has expressed his desire to attempt to land value for Revis now, rather than risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent a year from now, most likely seeking as much draft-pick compensation for him as possible (Jason LaCanfora – CBS Sports)
With Revis’ contract expiring and the team not sure if they can extend, a trade would only make sense. Some would argue why not use the franchise tag, well Darrelle was smart to work a no franchise clause into his previous contract extension. With Revis being one of the best defenders in the league you know he’ll test the market and get the best contract possible. So yea a trade is the teams best option.
One problem, he missed all of 2012 due to a torn ACL. The team would be selling very low right now. While many teams would still line up for his services they wouldn’t be getting what they could have if he played in 2012.
Unfortunately the Jets have no choice. The team is entering a rebuilding mode and he’s the first guy they’ve got to move. He’s still got the most value.
It will be interesting to see how this play out but can Jets fans stomach losing their idol? Could they really accept Revis Island being located anywhere other the Met Life Stadium?