What are the New York Jets going to do with their superstar Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis? We’ve seen what Jets management does with average-to-subpar players (read: Mark Sanchez)–they reward them with more money. So it would only make sense that the Jets reward the best player on their team, nay, the best defensive player in the NFL, with more money, right?
Wrong. The Jets may not be looking to give Revis more money. Shortly before new GM John Idzik took the job with the Jets, there was trade speculation swirling around about Revis.
Tonight, Darrelle Revis sat down with the NFL network’s Andrea Kramer for an interview and expanded on the speculation. Revis, who was taken aback by the rumors said “I was speechless. I tweeted it out I was speechless. was speechless because I didn’t get a phone call.” How very Jets of the Jets to keep their star player in the dark. That’s no way to treat the best player on their roster. “I need answers and I’m not getting any. Just the fact that that was put out there instead of contacting your best player on the team. If that’s how you want to do business, then that’s fine,” Revis said.
The corner is clearly frustrated about the situation, but he’s right. To not get any answers from the team is disrespectful. Yes, Idzik did reach out to him in an effort to smooth things over as he evaluates the roster, but to just ignore him after that isn’t right and may be a perceived slight toward him.
Revis stated he believes that this decision is coming from the owner Woody Johnson, because the owner may not be willing to pay him. That may very well be the case, especially after Revis’ major knee surgery. Revis is a free agent next season and is believed to be looking for a big contract of $100 million.
The Jets face an extremely tough situation with the cornerback. The Jets are already in a horrible position with their salary cap, and finding a way to keep Revis financially happy is near impossible. And even if they did find a way to give Revis the contract he wants, that seriously hinders their ability of doing anything else at other positions. They could wait until after the season, but then Revis walks and they get nothing for him. Or, how about if they trade Revis and whoever, or whatever they receive for him doesn’t work out for the team? That will haunt the team for years.
Revis tore his ACL back in September against the Miami Dolphins, and is now rehabbing the knee. But that’s the biggest question and concern. Can Revis come back and be the same player he used to be? Can he still be that shutdown corner?
As the offseason drags on, it will be interesting to see how things work out with Revis’ knee and the Jets’ decision. Whatever it may be, Revis understands it’s a business.