Lost on Revis Island
Fact: Darrelle Revis is the best Cornerback in the NFL. Fact: Darrelle Revis is the best defensive player on the New York Jets. Fact: Darrelle Revis is a financial headache.
Fiction: The Jets need to trade Darrelle Revis.
I am getting really tired of all the Darrelle Revis trade talk. The idea that the Jets need to trade him away baffles my mind. Sure he may be a financial headache, but Darrelle Revis is not going to hold out this year. There is language in his contract that essentially prevents him from holding out. He is also coming off of an injury which limits his leverage. So lets calm down with the Revis panic. The Jets have to let this play out.
Now lets look at the on-field reasons for a trade. There are none. Face it, the Jets offense is bad. Really bad. They cannot win games if they have to score a lot to do so. The best chance for the Jets to win is to limit the opposition. How do you do that? By putting the best defensive unit out there. Last year, without Revis for the majority of it, the Jets ranked 2nd in the NFL in passing defense. With a healthy Darrell Revis, the Jets can put together the leagues toughest defense to throw on. In this era of the NFL, where it is clearly a passing league, where more and more young Quarterbacks are being used, it is imperative to put together a solid pass defense. Some teams use their pass rush to limit the opposition’s passing game, others use their schemes to confuse the Quarterbacks. The Jets have something right now that most teams don’t, elite talent in the secondary. Antonio Cromartie played at a pro bowl level last year and combined with a healthy Darrelle Revis, can essentially take away 2 of the opposing Quarterback’s weapons. That is huge! Why would you want to give up arguably the only advantage your team has over any other?
Look, I understand the Jets are in complete financial disarray. They are scrambling to restructure player’s contracts and releasing others to free up cap room. But to trade Revis for draft picks, even a 1 and a 3, would do nothing to improve the team right now. Could they go out and sign offensive help? Yes, but like I mentioned above, the Jets offense is terrible. One player will not make a difference. Two might not unless one of those is the Quarterback and the other is an elite Receiver or Running Back, but that’s not going to happen.
New General Manager John Idzik was reportedly “shopping” Darrelle Revis to other teams at the NFL Combine. To me, it sounds like another money guy, thinking about money moves. Mike Tannenbaum anyone? If he pulls the trigger on any Revis trade, then Idzik, and the Jets, are certainly lost.
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