Exploring a Darrelle Revis Trade is the Right Idea

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Aug 18, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis before the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Finally, remember what we have talked about before on the topic of rebuilding a football team. Remember a while back, we took a look at the average draft picks the Jets have had over the last few years, and compared it to the number of picks the Patriots have had? The Patriots averaged around four more picks per season than the Jets. And shocker of shockers, the Patriots are the ones that continue to win. Mike Tannenbaum was notorious for trading away draft picks.

The problem with that is that you don’t build a program that way. Oh, you might bring in some great veterans, and have a couple of great seasons, like the Jets did in 2010. But what happened from there? They fell off the mark. Why? Because the Jets haven’t had enough draft picks to replace the guys that have left. The more draft picks you have, the more guys come into your program that you can develop. The way to replenish a football team is through the draft. The more college kids come in, the greater chance you have to find that diamond in the rough. We have talked about this before. Years ago, the Cowboys did the unthinkable, trading their star running back, Herschel Walker, for five players and six draft picks. Those picks turned into Emmitt Smith and Darren Woodson, among others. THAT is how you rebuild a team. Make trades to stockpile players.

The problem with exploring it now is the injury. Will there be many teams that want to make this trade, with Revis coming off of a season ending knee injury? The odds are pretty good that teams will want to see him play again, before commiting to him. So, trying it this year may not work. They just might not see the value to make it worthwhile.

But, they have to try. If Idzik thinks he can get value now, he should explore it. If he can get great value from a team for him, he absolutely has to consider it. If he can’t get a whole lot back for him, he needs to wait until after he plays again. But, despite the reaction it might garner, exploring the idea is absolutely the right move.

And I love Darrelle, but this is what needs to be done.

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