Well, the Jets-standard polarizing news of the last 24 hours is the talk of a potential trade of Darelle Revis, arguably the best cornerback of all time and the best defensive player in the game today. This was initially reported by Jason La Canfora, and a couple beat writers pitched into this as well. Supposedly, owner Woody Johnson is really pessimistic about the team's chances of re-signing him given the cap situation as of late. As expected, this has prompted a seismic fan backlash of people claiming for heads to roll and that this team is stupid. When there's any news of a team possibly trading the best defensive player in the league, it's gonna cause some controversy. I'm really unsettled by the situation myself, i'm not saying I'm not, I would like nothing more than if Revis was already locked up for the rest of his career and that we would never have to worry about losing him. I'm aware that everyone wants Revis back under all costs, and I understand that, but eventually it comes time to stop talking with one's emotions and look at the situation for what it is.
So, Revis is coming off an ACL injury and is probably going to command money to make him the highest-paid defensive player in the league. Upwards of 16 mil a year. We don't have that money and may not even be able to create that much with all the cap casualties.If we don't lock him up this off-season, we may never, since he's inelegible for the franchise tag next off-season per a clause in his deal, and someone is gonna outbid us. Now, I don't know the exact numbers on this, but I think there's also a clause in his deal that would cause an increased cap hit if we trade him now. It was pretty much set up for him to get the deal either last year, or now. We're stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Let's look at both the trade and no-trade scenarios, stating with the former. Well, he's Darelle Revis, you never ever want to let go of a HOF talent that's currently yours. As a cornerback he changes the entire complexion of the defense, and can hold greats like Andre and Calvin Johnson to a meager few catches in a game. You just can't let a guy like this get away, can you? Plus we'd all like to see him go into the hall of fame as a Jet, and go into our ring of honor someday. Bottom line though, he's a game-changer if there ever was one. You don't let players like that go. And regarding the ACL injury, players seem to be coming back from that better than they used to nowadays. Look no further than Adrian Peterson. And given Revis's absurd training regimine and freakness, there's a good chance he'd come back in top form too. Not to mention the additional cap hit if he's traded. There's also no Guarantee that Cromartie is gonna keep playing at this high level moving foward, and you could potentially create some cap space by trading Cro instead of Revis.
Let's look at the trade scenario. How feasible is it given our cap scenario to actually lock him up? We still have a ton of holes to fill and really need to find someone to play quarterback, so do we really have the money to spend on two #1 cornerbacks? One of which would be commanding one of the highest salaries in football? You also need to look at this team moving forward. Call it rebuilding, retooling, or whatever, but this is a team in transition. This will be a completely different team 2 or 3 years from now. Things are changing. And with the start of a new era, you need to start building a strong, new foundation. Let's say that we don't lock Revis up, but don't trade him. He gives us his All-pro season for one year in which we probably won't be competitive anyway, and then ends up somewhere else in 2014. Would you rather have him give us a really good season in vain, or would you rather have a couple more first round picks to help build your foundation moving forward? Maybe even get a franchise quarterback? Not to mention we did have the 2nd best pass defense in terms of yards allowed WITHOUT Revis. That is a little deceiving, granted, since we surrendered a higher passer rating than in years past, but it's still really impressive, given the lack of pressure generated by our pass rush. Our starting two corners from last year are still under contract for two more years each, too. And by devoting all of our resources in the next few months just re-signing a single player, we're sabotaging the rest of the team filled with massive holes. Do you really want Sanchez under center again in this west coast offense?
So, I think we all get the point. What to make of this situation as a whole? If you want my personal take, I'd be really happy, and relieved if we could somehow get Revis signed long-term. That, however, doesn't seem particularly feasible. Trading him would hurt us this year too from a cap standpoint, although in a couple years that wouldn't make a real difference. When I look at the situation that Tannenbaum left the team in currently, I really don't see us getting him a long-term deal, although i reserve the right to be wrong. If he is traded, i'd be really sad, it'd be an enormously painful pill to swallow. I don't wanna see Revis gone, I can't emphasize that enough, i'm getting a small lump in my throat just from writing about it at the moment. Given the circumstances, though, if we do end up getting a mini-herschel walker-like compensation in a trade, it may be with the longer-term view in mind. It could the reality that we inevitably face. I don't really blame, or hate Woody for at least looking into the possibility of trading Darelle, but if we traded him, we BETTER be getting at least a couple first-rounders. I'm willing to let the situation play itself out, but it's worrisome nonetheless.