In light of all of these rumors about possibly trading All-Pro Cornerback Darrelle Revis, I just had to write an article to explain how ridiculous this idea would be. I hope to get my points across in the most simple way possible. Here goes nothing:
1. Revis' stock is low:
This is simple economics. You are supposed to buy low and sell high. If the Jets trade Revis this offseason, they would be doing the exact opposite. Here is a player who has an uncertain future because of his ACL injury. This greatly hurts Revis' stock. One might say, "Trade Revis now, because he will suck for the rest of his career!". The likelihood of this is very unlikely. In my opinion, worst case scenario, Revis comes back and regresses to the level of a top 10 cornerback. You know, the level of cornerback who may get burned, can't shadow the #1 receiver the whole game, but still wins his matchups a majority of the time. While this may happen, I don't think it will. I believe that Revis will come back as strong as ever, if not better. Adrian Peterson recently had an ACL injury, and came back this year to almost break the record for rushing yards in a single season. In my opinion, if anybody can come back from an ACL injury, it would be Revis. if Adrian Peterson can do it, than so can Revis. You're looking at a corner who is the most fundamentally sound in the history of the NFL, and who has an insane amount of work ethic. I expect him to come back at full strength, and to have many more historic seasons ahead of him. If you're worried about losing Revis to free agency, and can't afford to resign him, then at the very least wait until the season starts, and Revis raises his stock by proving his worth.
2. Revis' upcoming contract SHOULDN'T be a problem:
This brings me to my next point. You have a new general manager in Idzik who comes in to rebuild this team and fix the cap mess the Jets currently are in. WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOUR FIRST ACTION BE ATTEMPTING TO TRADE REVIS?! Yes, he takes up a lot of cap room with his contract, but he has earned it or may have even outperformed it. If I'm a general manager in this situation, I immediately turn my attention to the multiple players with huge contracts that don't perform at anywhere close to that level. I'm talking about Sanchez and Holmes in particular. I'd try to find a way to dump Holmes for a late round pick, and somehow get someone to either take Sanchez off our hands or restructure. You could even trade Cromartie (although he played great this past year), you can sell him high, much like someone like Bill Belichick would certainly do. The thing is, our problem is having our money tied up in underachievers that we have no cap room to improve a team that isn't even close to the superbowl. The problem doesn't lie in Revis. If we had 3 more players with a contract similar to Revis', all of whom actually performed even CLOSE to Revis' level...then, ladies and gentleman, we're most likely looking at a dynasty.
3. You don't rebuild by trading away your best player:
On the contrary, you rebuild by building around your best player. You need to lock Revis up, and build around him in the future. So what if Revis' contract causes a player like Sanchez to be cut from the team? Would anybody really miss him? Doubtful. If you're trying to rebuild, you keep Revis, Mangold, Ferguson, McKnight, Kerley, Hill, Coples, Ellis, Wilkerson and you build around them. In that group, you've got a good amount of veterans, and a good amount of young players who could be vital to the future success of our team.
With this being said, I would be very very disappointed to see the Jets trade Revis. I honestly don't know what to do. I wear my Revis Jersey every gameday, and if he were off the team, the jersey would be worthless. The only way you trade Revis is if you can at least get two 1st round picks and maybe a 2nd, and even then, I'd still rather keep Revis. You currently have the GOAT on your team, and you should do anything you can to lock him up.