4.) Garrett McIntyre anyone?
The Jets made their first round of cuts the other day in officially dumping Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, Eric Smith and Jason Smith. None of these cuts were surprising but what is surprising is the OLB depth chart for the Jets. As it stands currently, the Jets starting OLB right now are Garrett McIntyre and Ricky Sapp, if that aint a thought that will excite Jets fans then I don’t know what will.
Truth is, the Jets need all the help they can get at the OLB position and will have to rummaged deep within the draft and Free Agency to get it. I for one however do believe that Garrett McIntyre can be a quality starter for the Jets at the OLB position. Not saying I think he’d excel but I sure wouldn’t be surprised if he did in given the reps. In very limited snaps in 2012 McIntyre had 24 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 1 pass defended. To put it in perspective, Calvin Paced started all 16 games and had LESS SACKS THAN Mcintyre and only 11 more total tackles than Mcintyre who started the last 5 games of the season. That’s almost so impossible to believe I’m hoping I made that up. The Jets who are clearly suffering from a lack of depth and talent at the position right now will have to make solidifying the position a top priority starting this weekend at the combine but I honestly believe if given a fair shot, Garrett McIntyre will surprise a lot of people but probably not himself.
5.) Fair market value for Revis?
Jets GM John Idzik and Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan addressed the media at the NFL Combine press conferences and much to no one’s surprise the bulk of the question surrounded their All-pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. Idizk didn’t let up and stay with the usual talking points re the Revis situation, left open a possibility to a trade but really talked up Revis’s value to the Jets more than he’s ever done since becoming the Jets GM and speaking on the Revis situation. Rex on the other hand flatout stated that the Revis trade rumors were “inaccurate” and there was simply no validity to the trade rumors. Now all of this posturing is to be expected but I’m getting a sense, and this is just me talking but I’m getting a feeling that Rex and Idzik are starting realize that the trade market for Revis isn’t as immense and as fair as they’d hoped it be. Revis is greatness personified but even still he is rehabbing off a serious knee injury and has yet to start running and cutting, his asking price is kind of steep for a CB that’s currently rehabbing a serious knee injury and as great as Darrelle is, no GM is going to step out on a limb and trade what Revis is really worth when there’s a chance this knee injury impacts the way he plays. Revis is an aggressive football player, he takes WRs out of games with his aggressiveness and speed and this injury directly impacts his techniques and tactics so you really can’t blame a GM for not wanting to trade high valued picks for Revis knowing exactly this. Jets simply cannot allow Revis to walk into free agency next offseason or there’s literally NO chance the Patriots don’t make him the highest paid defensive back in the league and if Revis does walk the Jets would probably be awarded a 3rd round compensatory pick.
The Jets are probably wanting to get some draft picks for Revis in this year’s draft but that may not be feasible the longer the rehab drags on. Yeah the Jets can trade Revis tomorrow but it will probably be for well under fair market value and trading the best Cornerback in the league for a ham sandwich just aint going to cut it. Revis is a leader on this team and is far from a locker room cancer, and trading a player away just for the sake of trading them is something you do to a player that has become a team cancer and Revis is far from that, he’s an official leader and the Jets can’t just DUMP him just for the sake of doing it, they need fair market value in return at LEAST or they need to sit down with Revis’s people are NOT give in to Revis’s demands but at least go BEYOND ½ way. A lot can happen between now and the start of camp but once Revis is up and running and is able to cut again, I believe the Jets should try to shop him again but should ultimately look to lock up the team’s best player just like I outlined a few weeks ago.