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“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!

I am a recent college graduate from a small liberal arts school in Atlanta, GA. I'm a sports junkie and a diehard Atlanta sports fan.



  1. Joshua Floan

    March 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Finally, some football on blog!!!!!!!!!

    Revis is a goner. He overvalues himself, and 1 in 32 teams (hopefully not mine) will overpay him for past production. He was the last first round pick to sign his deal the summer he was drafted. He held out a few seasons ago in an attempt to become the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. Hours after ending this holdout to become the highest paid defensive player, a reporter asked him what his reaction might be if he is no longer the highest paid defensive player after a season or two. His answer was, that he could opt out of his deal after 4 years of service.

    There comes a point where the distraction and selfishness overshadow the talent. That ladies and gentlemen……is Darrelle Revis. CB can stay good for a long time, but only elite for a short window. He is shamelessly greedy. Coming off an ACL blowout, he needs his ego put into check…..quickly. My Vikings just cut Winfield this afternoon, but I want them to stay far away from Revis. I would rather roll the dice on Asomugha, Grimes or Hall in free agency.

  2. Ben W

    March 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I agree with your assessment on Revis. He has got to be one of the most egotistical players in the NFL, and the trade talks with him and potential suitors are slow due to that fact, and that he will want a Flacco-money type contract. I doubt he will resign anywhere for less than 15M/season, which no team in their right mind would give him. Unless he lowers his pay demand his career as a paid corner might be over. As a falcon fan, I am glad the Falcons stated they are no longer interested in Revis. I wonder why. When teams like Denver, SF, ATL do not consider bringing you in you know something is likely wrong with either your commands or personality.
    Is there a team out there for him? Of course, but he isn’t getting paid top dollar.

  3. Joshua Floan

    March 14, 2013 at 10:43 am

    It sounds like Tampa just may be that team if the Jets give up on getting this year’s first rounder from Tampa. I agree that he needs to lower his demands. What scares me……is there will be a team out there that pays him what he wants. I see him ending up on a team like Washington. A team that traditionally pays for players when they are at peak value (thus never getting their monies worth). I know Washington is cap strapped right now, and he won’t end up there, just using them as an example of teams that LOVE to overpay for big names.

    I think he will get his money, but will be on a losing franchise and have an entirely different reason to throw his franchise under the bus. I see an Albert Haynesworth in the making.

    • Ben W

      March 14, 2013 at 11:09 am

      I agree with you on all points. The guy has character flaws. What befuddles me is why the Jets passed when Tampa offered their 2014 1st. NY should have taken that in an instant. No, the pick won’t be as high as TB’s this season, but a top 15 pick for Revis is too high. Also, nice comparison to Big Al. Classic egotistical, overpaid player who just drags the franchise down.
      I still doubt the Jets deal Revis, however.

  4. Joshua Floan

    March 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    No, I think it’s close to a guarantee the Jets deal Revis. I give him a 5% shot of being on the Jets roster. I think the NYJ GM is throwing shit against the wall hoping something sticks. But no GM that is interested in Revis is going to overpay. Hell, I’m not even a GM and I know that Revis is walking after this year, leaving the Jets with nothing. So this guy is in a position to where he almost HAS to make the deal.

    To get a first rounder for any player these days is huge. I was pretty happy to see my Vikings pull a first in return for Pussy Harvin. Even more-so after seeing that Baltimore got a 6th for Boldin. It tends to take getting a franchise QB in return for a team to part with a first.

    You watch, he will be dealt. He will be dealt before the season starts. He will get no more than a 2nd rounder this year (combined with a lower round pick), or a first rounder next year. The best offer the Jets will get, is currently on the table. It’s just a matter of how long it takes the new regime to realize that.

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