Jets Exploring Trade Options for Darrelle Revis

Jets shopping Revis, looking for "at least" a first-round pick

1/24/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Jets Exploring Trade Options for Darrelle RevisWhen you think "premier NFL cornerback," what name comes to mind? Correct - Darrelle Revis. The New York Jets struck gold when they drafted Revis 14th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. Growing up in the New York area, I remember many of my friends praying for Brady Quinn, then saying "who the hell is this Revis guy?" It didn't take long before they realized that Revis was worth every ounce of that first-round selection, as he has locked down opposing No. 1 wide receivers better than anyone since coming into the league.

However, he's now on a Jets team that is entering a nearly inevitable rebuilding stage. Former general manager Mike Tannenbaum essentially set money on fire, making the responsibility of keeping the Jets below the salary cap a daunting task for new GM John Idzik. Revis is entering the final year of his $46 million contract, and considering the Jets' current cap situation, it seems nearly impossible for them to retain Revis next winter, when he'll be an unrestricted free agent. Making it even more difficult is the fact that a clause in Revis' contract bars the Jets from using the franchise tag on him.

Head coach Rex Ryan has expressed that he wants to keep Revis next season, but he probably won't have a ton of say in the matter after leading his team to one of the more embarrassing 6-10 seasons you'll ever see. In addition, Ryan is likely thinking of his own future - he is hanging onto his job by a thread, and Revis gives him the best chance to win now and keep his job. Idzik and owner Woody Johnson will be thinking more down the road.

Revis has also told reporters that he doesn't want to be traded and wants to be a Jet his whole career, but do you know what else Revis wants? Money. Lots and lots of money. The persistent holdout threat has proven time and time again that he wants to be paid like he is the best cornerback in the league (which he is), and the Jets are simply unlikely to have the money to pay him next winter.
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