Darrelle Revis, All-World cornerback, was part of a dysfunctional New York Jets roster. So, it’s safe to say that the Jets at least had the best cornerback in the league, nay, the Jets had the best player in the league.
It was reported that the Jets—finally—have traded Darrelle Revis to the Tampy Bay Buccaneers for this year’s 13th pick and their 2014 pick that could be their third or fourth rounder.
Question is, was that a smart move?
The Revis speculation has been ongoing for months now, and it felt as if it would all just be talk. But it happened. The Bucs and Jets pulled the trigger.
The cornerback flew a private jet Sunday morning to Tampa Bay for an official physical. The cornerback landed a monster deal, six years for $96 millions. That’s the type of money that the Jets could not have afforded. Especially when they’re in a rebuilding mode.
The Jets were in trouble in this whole ordeal. Owner Woody Johnson was not willing to give the cornerback that amount of money, and they couldn’t franchise Revis after the 2013 season. So the Jets really had their backs against the wall. Either pay Revis the boatload of money he was seeking, or trade him, or keep him and risk losing him for nothing after the 2013 season.
When you look at it that way, did the Jets really have a choice? But if you’re a franchise that wants to eventually do some damage, you don’t trade away your best player. The Jets had a Revis contract problem? Solve it.
A team always needs a cornerstone on their roster. The Jets had it but traded it away.
What will the Jets do next?