To Trade or Not to Trade...Darrelle Revis, That is the Question

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Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) during the second half of their game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Jets 17-12. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

One thing we have learned, without any shadow of a doubt, that this roster is severely lacking in talent. Up and down this roster, especially on offense, this roster, despite what Rex said during the preseason, is lacking the talent to be seriously competitive. It’s not going to take just one or two moves to turn this team into a Super Bowl contender. With that, a very interesting debate has sparked within Jets fans. The question is, whether or not the Jets should trade Darrelle Revis?

It’s an interesting question, one we are going to look at both sides of.

Before we get to that, I don’t believe we are talking about a discussion that will even be on the table during the upcoming off-season. With Revis coming off the ACL injury, nobody is going to invest a lot in him until they see that he can play again, and play somewhere close to his former self. Assuming that happens in 2013, we are talking about a discussion for the 2013 off-season, at least in this man’s opinion. That being said, let’s start with the argument not to trade Darrelle:


There isn’t a lot to say here. We all know that Darrelle Revis is the best cover corner in the game. Heck, he is the best that this game has seen in quite some time, and is a weapon that we certianly don’t want to lose. Can you imagine this fan base the first time he runs back a pick six AGAINST the Jets? All hell would break loose.

More than that, assuming that Rex Ryan remains the head coach going forward, Darrelle Revis is taylormade for the Rex Ryan defense. The Rex Ryan defense, with everyone healthy, is based on pressure. Constant and exotic pressure on the quarterback. As the Jets move, with the improvement on the defensive line, to more use of the 4-3, and even the “46” looks, the pressure on the quarterback is crucial. With the pressure, comes man to man coverage on the outside. Darrelle’s ability to shutdown his man, by himself, on the outside, is an essential element to making that defense work.

He makes everyone around him better. Cromartie, Wilson, and everyone else, get to be on the weaker wide receivers, making their play stand out that much more.

The argument is certainly solid to not trade him, and keep him around. Turn the page, and we will go over reasons TO trade Darrelle.

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