“Fantasy Football Ben” What Should the Jets Do With Darrelle Revis?
Yo, Darrelle, waddup? What’s the scoop with you on the Jets? Honestly, I doubt you’re in the Jets plans for next season going forward. Now I know you say you want to be a J-E-T for life, but that does not seem feasible. It would be if the Jets head office could get its act together. Not only that, I don’t care that you don’t want to be traded, you MUST go. Then again we are dealing with the Jets brass, and at times they seem more useless than a monkey without a wrench (see: Tebow).
OK, now that I got that off my chest, what should the Jets do with Revis? Key factors that must be considered when trading Revis are, who would want Revis? Who has the cap space to take on Revis? And where would he fit best?
Let us tackle the questions set forth above. Simply put, every team should want Revis. He is one of the best, if not the best cornerback when healthy. The problem is he is coming of a torn ACL, and no one knows if he will be ready for the start of the training camp, much less the start of the regular season. Now the financial aspects. This is the biggest obstacle when talking about a potential Revis trade. He is due six million next season, the final year of his contract. After that he is a free agent and the Jets cannot afford to release him or they would incur huge cap hits. Aware of that, teams are not going to be willing to offer much for him, knowing they will either have to sign him to a mega-million dollar contract, or watch him walk into free agency after the Super Bowl. Thus it makes more sense if teams just wait until next season when he’s a free agent, and then sign him. The problem with a new contract is that given the top defensive backs in the league make anywhere from 9-15 million/season, it is likely going to cost at least 55 million over 4 years to sign him. Yet, with the new NFL cap structure, only a handful of teams could afford Revis. It makes virtually no sense to trade for Revis, then have him walk in free agency. With all that said, does that mean a trade won’t happen? No. It just means that the Jets are going to have to commensurate with other teams on his value.
So, where would be the best fit for Revis? Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, or maybe Baltimore. All of these teams need help in the secondary and are poised offensively to compete next season. But would any of these teams match what the Jets expect to get for Revis? No. For the simple reason that they know they can always just sign him as a free agent next season, and not give up a ton of draft picks in the mean time. Some possible trade partners for Revis could be Cleveland, Kansas City, or NewOrleans.try
So, what should the Jets do with Revis? The answer is try to TRADE HIM! Revis is in the final year of a four year contract, and will likely walk after next season if the Jets don’t trade, or re-sign him. Should the Jets not trade nor resign him, the Jets front office would only prove they are dumber than advertised. Not only that, the Jets are in rebuild mode; meaning they need to get younger, and cheaper before they get better. The only way to accomplish that is to build through the draft, and trade your veterans for young players. However, given all the factors and obstacles, it is easier said than done to deal Revis. At the end of the day it is highly unlikely the Jets are going to be able trade Revis due to the head office’s inability to commensurate with other teams on Revis’ value, especially since he is coming off a major injury heading into next season. Apparently the Jets still have their heads up their rears, and think they can compete next season, which is funny because they stink!