Did The Jets Just Make A Huge Mistake By Trading Darrelle Revis To The Buccaneers?
We know that this isn’t what New York Jets fans want to hear right now. But the Jets are going to be bad next year. And, when we say bad, we mean bad. They’re not going to be historically bad by any stretch of the imagination. After all, they do still have some talent on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. But, over the weekend, the Jets traded away shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis—the one real asset that they had on their roster—to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft and a conditional pick in next year’s draft. That means that they’ll be incredibly young next season and without a true superstar on their roster. Translation: Bad!
Does that mean that they made a mistake by trading Revis away? Not necessarily. For starters, Revis is at a point in his career where he’s trying to make as much money as possible. That means that if he’s productive on the field, he wants to discuss his compensation for it off of it. And, he wants to do it after almost every season in order to maximize his earnings. So, in order for the Jets to keep him for the next five or six years, they would have had to pay him big money and renegotiated his contract at least two or three more times. At the same time, Revis suffered an ACL tear last season and there’s a chance that he might not be the player he was before it happened. So, had the Jets kept him on the roster this season and seen him struggle, they would have had to either overpay for him at the end of the next season when he became a free agent or let him walk and risk getting nothing in return for him.
Additionally, you have to consider the fact that the Jets have greater needs than just a solid cornerback. They need more help on D and better offensive weapons. They need to be able to give quarterback Mark Sanchez some better receivers, and they need to be able to match up against other teams in the AFC East better than they did last year. Trading Revis away gives them the option to go out and spend their money elsewhere. With the Bucs’ first-round pick, they also have the freedom to select another young cornerback to take Revis’ place on the roster and pay him just a fraction of what they would have paid Revis. So, by trading Revis, they may have just made the best decision in recent Jets history.
The problem here, of course, is that no one will be able to tell just how helpful—or harmful—the Revis trade was to the Jets organization for at least two or three years. If Revis continues to flourish and leads the Bucs to the playoffs and the Jets make bad selections in this year’s draft, then it may prove to be a terrible trade. But, if the Jets can use their draft pick this year as well as the Bucs draft pick to pick up two solid players—and, if they can use the money that was earmarked to pay Revis to pay other players that can fill holes in their roster—then the trade could very well prove to be a success. We won’t know for awhile.
All of that said, if I’m a Jets fan, I’m bracing myself for the worst for the next year or two. Because, while we don’t know just how bad life without Revis is going to be, it is going to be bad. At least for a little while.