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Two Darrelle Revis Proposals

Should the New York Jets trade Darrelle Revis, or try to keep him in New York?

Al Bello

I was talking to John Gennaro, the Managing Editor of Bolts From The Blue, our sister SB Nation site on the San Diego Chargers He offered a trade proposal for CB Darrelle Revis. Keep in mind the Chargers have the #11 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. On the other hand, I came up with a proposal of my own, to keep Revis in the green and white. These are the two ideas:

Trade Revis:

The New York Jets get: A second and fourth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and a conditional third round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft that will become a first round pick if Revis signs with the Chargers. So, the team will get a 2, 3, and 4, or a 1, 2, and 4. The idea of this is that Revis will sign with the team, and the Jets will be one step closer towards trading up for Jadeveon Clowney or Terry Bridgewater next year. As the Chargers are also currently rebuilding, it's not unreasonable to expect the pick for next year being a Top-15 draft pick.

The San Diego Chargers get: All-World CB Darrelle Revis.

Keep Revis:

This is a hypothetical contract to keep Revis in NY, the idea being a lifetime contract to keep him here until he retires a Jet. This is assuming his rehab continues on schedule and the medical team is confident he'll recover well.

An eight-year contract, with $50 million in guarantees over the first five years, so an average of $10M per year. The last three years are mostly incentive-based and he can earn up to $8M per year or so (he'd be between 32-35 years old at this point). He's said before he wants about $12M/year or more, but I assume he'd be willing to accept a little less if more was guaranteed. There would need to be injury offsets for catastrophic injuries and if he doesn't significantly recover from his current injury, as well as additional clauses to prevent him from holding out (as there is in his current contract).

There is considerable risk with both options. The first is that the Jets will blow their draft picks and get essentially nothing. The second is that Revis will never be able to return to form. On the other hand, the first option helps the Jets rebuild, while the second keeps their best player, spreads his contract out over a number of years, and helps him retire a Jet. With that said, which proposal would you prefer, if either?