The New York Jets face a huge dilemma going into the 2013 season. Darrelle Revis, argued as already one of the Jets best players in franchise history, has had numerous contract issues with his employer. After he was drafted in 2007, he held out the first three weeks of training camp, and then received a five year deal. Before the 2010 season, he held out again, despite having two years left on his contract. The 2010 holdout was a nasty one, and many feared Revis wouldn’t play that year, despite the Jets high Super Bowl aspirations. Luckily, Revis got a deal done just in time, but it didn’t fully solve the situation. The last contract Revis got is known as a “band aid”, where Revis’ deal was made into a new four year deal. Based off of the last contract Revis signed, he can’t holdout again this year, but the Jets can’t use any tags to keep Revis around for another year and delay his free agency. Going into the 2012 season, Revis was asked about his contract but said he wasn’t going to hold out. His plans were to play the 2012 season,then the plan was for the Jets to re-do his contract this offseason.
Those plans were put on hold after Revis tore his ACL during week three against Miami, thus ending his season. Now, after a miserable 6-10 season that saw the Jets fire general manager Mike Tannenbaum, the Jets have all sorts of problems to address, and Revis is at the top of the list.
The rumors came out during January that the Jets were shopping Revis. The rumors were much talked about, overshadowing a day that saw the Jets introduce their new GM, John Idzik. Right away Idzik was forced to face an issue he needed more time to look into, and the media speculation began. Revis joined in, tweeting out that he was “speechless” and felt bad for “Jet Nation”, but we can clearly see that Revis wants the Jets fans sympathies, despite him being the one holding out every three years. Today, more reports surfaced that Revis is upset with the Jets, and that he wants answers.
Revis addressed his speechless tweet and why he is bothered with NFL Network’s Andrea Kremer, which will air tonight.
“I tweeted it out I was speechless. I was speechless because I didn’t get a phone call. I know it’s a business, just call me, don’t have it lingering out there. I need answers and I’m not getting any.”
What should the Jets do with Revis, who has stated that he wants to be a Jet for life? First, the Jets need to get under the salary cap desperately. The Jets are currently over 20 million on the cap, but the Jets can get under again by cutting veterans such as Calvin Pace and Bart Scott (Update 2/20- Jets cut both players last night). Look for others to restructure their deals also (I am looking at you Mark Sanchez). Next, Idzik should set a face to face meeting with Revis and give him an update on where the situation stands. The Jets need to start acting like a professional business, not some circus.
Now, the Jets shouldn’t trade Revis right now. He is coming off of his ACL surgery, so teams are wary to trade a lot for a player no one knows if he can be the same player or not. This would make the Jets receive below market value for one of the best defensive players in football. Once the season begins, the Jets would have to decide what to do with their best player. I would let Revis play a few games to show teams that he is back to being the dominant shutdown corner we are used to. Like stated before, Revis can’t holdout, so he would have to play if he wants his money. As the trade deadline gets closer, then I would trade him. The Jets could definitely get a first round pick for Revis, as well as numerous other picks and players. The Jets have a lot of holes to fill, and with Cromartie making close to 8 million already, there is no way the Jets can tie up more than 16 million a year in Revis. Any corner making over 12 million a year is ridiculous to begin with, amazing player or not.
As much as it pains me to trade Revis, one of my favorite Jets despite his holdouts, it would be the right move. Unless the Jets are able to trade Cromartie and have Revis accept a deal that doesn’t make him the highest paid defensive player, Revis is as good as gone. There are too many problems the Jets need to focus on, and we need help at a lot of different positions. Hopefully the Jets can figure something out, and new general manager John Idzik can pull off some miracle and keep Revis with a contract that is fair to both sides. But it doesn’t look good, and sadly, Revis Island, one of the best players to suit up in the green and white ever, may be a goner.