There’s just something so Jets about the way a Darrelle Revis trade is being pursued. Or maybe it isn’t being pursued at all, and that’s the problem.
If the Jets don’t intend to pay Revis (and they don’t), and if they therefore don’t intend to make him the long-term anchor of the defense on a rebuilding team (no, they probably don’t), then they need to promptly seek the next best option: trade your most valuable asset, for multiple assets.
It’s just such a simple, logical solution, which is why the apparent avoidance of said problem solver is the most Jets thing to happen on this toxic team in, well, maybe a week or two.
New general manager John Idzik presumably and likely doesn’t want to dedicate something in the neighborhood of $16 million annually to someone who doesn’t play quarterback. Fine, whatever. If Revis was fully healthy, maybe the direction here would be different, and maybe there be much more willingness to make him the defensive Joe Flacco. Hand arguably the best cornerback in the game all the money, and then continue the reconstruction of a respectable defense from there. Done.
But the lack of willingness to do that is understandable. Beyond the health problems and Revis’ continued rehabilitation from a torn ACL, there’s the matter of the Jets’ roster, and the various other concerns which need to be addressed without a large wad of cash being tied up in one position. For starters, at some point respectable quarterback play needs to be a thing.
So trade Revis, and preferably do it sometime within the next 17 days before interested teams look elsewhere and address their needs during the draft. Oh, what’s that you say, Jason Cole? One interested team — no, maybe the only interested team — is getting sort of pissed?
That would be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team that owned the worst secondary in the league last year, one which gave up an average of 297.4 passing yards per game. General manager Mark Dominick started to plug that leak by signing safety Dashon Goldson during the opening days of free agency, but with the poor play of top corner Eric Wright, a true shutdown talent is a priority in a division where stopping Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Cam Newton needs to happen.
The Bucs are then the leading trade partner, but according to Cole, they’re getting tired of Idzik’s heel dragging. That’s a damn shame, because the price they’re willing to pay is a heavy one:
The Buccaneers are not only willing to trade a combination of a first-, third- and sixth-round picks for Revis, they are also willing to pay the corner in the area of $15-16 million per year on a long-term contract.
Idzik, who did not return a text message sent to him by Yahoo! Sports, has been coy about trading Revis. He has repeatedly said he is not “actively” trying to trade Revis, though multiple teams have said he is willing to listen to offers.
That’s a pretty sweet haul, John, and one that would placate both the Jets, and Revis’ contract demands. So it seems right now is the time to either relieve yourself, or remove your arse from the pot entirely.
But hey, the Jets still inexplicably employ Tim Tebow, so this could take a while.