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