Darrelle Revis is a special football player, we all know that. He is up there as one of the top five players ever to wear the Green and White. Let’s face it, when he is on the field, whomever he is guarding is eliminated as a weapon. With a few minor exceptions, he gets the best of the guy who is in front of him.
Last night, Jason LaCanfora reported that the Jets are going to explore the possibility of trading Revis. Upon hearing of this news, there were a lot of mixed reactions from Jets fans, some going as far to say that they will leave the fan base if Revis is traded. Mind you, the trade is not a guarantee to happen. But, what I am here to tell you this morning, is that exploring the idea is the right idea.
First of all, you have to take into account his value against the salary cap. In 2013 (per nyjetscap.com), Revis will cost $9 million against the cap. He may seek to renegotiate heading into 2013, and if that happens, that value will go up a lot. Antonio Cromartie will cost over $10 million against the cap. Together, they are making almost $20 million against the cap right now, and it would be much more than that if they renegotiate. That, my friends, is a lot of money to lock up in only two players.
Secondly, look at the performance that the defense put in without him. The Jets fought their way back as a defense, and, despite finishing with a 6-10 record, the Jets finished in the top 10 of overall defense for the fourth straight season under Rex Ryan. Yes that is a testament to Rex’s coaching ability, but it is also a testament to the players in this unit. It shows that having two shut down cornerbacks is a luxury, but not a necessity. This team can play well with one of these guys, it does not require having both of these guys. They can get bu if Antonio Cromartie is the number one cornerback, no question about it.