Over the last week, the most highly emotional topic around Jets fans is Darrelle Revis. As we all know, the rumor is out there that the Jets are going to explore trading their star cornerback, and since the story came out, the opinions have been all over the map. Well, yesterday, I called for opinions from you guys, and you responded yesterday quite well. So, as promised, and article written by you, the fans and Jet Pressers, about how you feel about the Darrelle Revis trade rumors. Here are your thoughts, in no particular order, first from Scott Roller:
As a fan I want my team to win. I am a transplanted fan living in Baltimore so it hurts even worse this year to see a team who may be on the verge of winning two superbowls in my lifetime (only 31 years old) while my team has turned into a joke. Do I think Revis can help the jets win. There isn’t a doubt in my mind. But at what cost? Revis is selfish plain and simple. I do not believe in hometown discounts so I can’t blame him for wanting top dollar. But what I can’t stand is a player holding us hostage. If Revis wants to win, does he not understand that he can’t be paid the way he wants AND have a supporting cast? There IS a salary cap.
So, that being said. We have to do what is in the best interest of putting a contender on the field in the long term. No stop gaps, no band-aid contracts. I think we must get fair market value. I like what I have been hearing about 1st and 3rd. Do I want more, Yeah who wouldn’t? But what are we getting next year… I can answer that. Nothing. He walks. We have no leverage next year. The ACL didn’t help, that’s our luck but hey, big picture. Get the best deal for the team long term.
Next, we hear from Michael Jaskewicz, one of our Facebook readers:
I think the world of Revis. I think it’s a fair argument to consider he may be the best CB ever by the time his career is over. But Revis’ camp has reportedly claimed he wants more than Mario Williams just signed for last year (6 years 96m 50m guaranteed). That’s over 16m a year. He’s not looking to be the highest paid CB, he’s looking to be the highest paid defensive player in the game. In the history of the game. If we were in a position where our offense was even respectable then revis could be that final piece to put us over the top. Fact is we are far from it. Our realistic needs right now are QB, RB, LG, RG, ILB, both OLB’s, and both Safeties. Those are dire needs we have. You could also make a case we need to upgrade RT, TE, FB, and WR.
If we pay Revis we will be looking at a bad team with the greatest CB in the league for the next 2-3 years. If we trade him we have the ability to use those picks to fill multiple needs, and have the cap space to sign multiple veterans as well. We had the 2nd best pass D in the league without him. We don’t need to pay 16m to move up one spot. There are alot of interested teams, so the compensation will be very good. I hate to see him go, he’s been incredible to watch. But Rex Ryan needs to earn his genius title and show us that he can continue to field a top 10 defense without Revis, so we can use the resources and start putting together the offense he’s been neglecting all this time.