Should The New York Jets Trade Darrelle Revis?
Darrelle Revis is unquestionably the best player that the New York Jets have on their roster right now. In fact, you could make the argument that Revis is one of the best players that the Jets have ever had on their roster at any point in time. Despite the fact that he doesn’t play one of the premiere positions on the team, like quarterback or running back, the All-Pro cornerback earned the nickname “Revis Island” a few years ago by turning himself into a shutdown corner who is able to blanket pretty much any opposing wide receiver in the league. So, then why are the Jets thinking about trading him right now?
The truth of the matter is that Revis is so good that he’s due for a big contract extension from the Jets. He hasn’t indicated exactly how much he wants yet. But, in spite of the ACL tear he suffered during the 2012-13 NFL season, it sounds like he’ll command somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 million guaranteed money to stay with the Jets. But, the Jets have very little room to operate under the salary cap right now (partly because of the big money they gave to Mark Sanchez before last season) so they’re seriously considering trading him for several draft picks. And, to me, that seems like a very logical step for them to make.
Don’t get me wrong: I think the Jets absolutely need Revis if they want to win games over the course of the next few years. But, did you watch the Jets this season? Both their offense and their defense were awful in most games, and they have tons of holes on both sides of the ball. So, trading Revis would give them the chance to retool their roster and plug in some new players as needed. And, since a lot of those players would be draft picks, they could revamp their roster on the fly without having to spend a ton of money to do it. It makes sense for them to trade one franchise player who isn’t going to be able to win games on a bad team by himself for a group of young players who could make the Jets good again in the not-do-distant future.
I know a lot of Jets fans out there won’t want to hear this, but the Jets really need to trade Revis. Otherwise, they’re going to be strapped for cash the next few seasons, and they’re not going to be any good. So, why not use Revis to make things better? There’s no telling how good he’ll be after his ACL injury anyway. So, their best bet is to trade him and start the rebuilding process ASAP.
Now that that’s out of the way, where do you think Revis will end up?