Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay: Reactions to the Trade

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Sept 23, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) walks off the field with team medical staff after suffering a knee injury in the second half in a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Revis reportedly will miss the rest of the season. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Now it’s for real, the picture to the right is the last time we will ever see Darrelle Revis in a Jets’ uniform. The Darrelle Revis era has come to an unfortunate, yet expected end. If you haven’t heard the figures yet, Darrelle signed a 6 year, $96 million contract with Tampa Bay, effectively completing the trade. The Jets, in the trade, received Tampa’s first round pick in the upcoming draft, #13 overall, and a conditional 3rd or 4th round pick in 2014.

Let’s talk about it a little. Am I happy that Darrelle Revis will be looking across the line of scrimmage at Mark Sanchez, instead of watching him from the sideline? Of course not. If it were possible, I would have been happy to have Darrelle on our team until he hung up his cleats. But, it couldn’t happen. Someone used the term “necessary evil” to describe trading Darrelle Revis. Absolutely on point. Because of his monetary demands, he couldn’t stay. Not if we were going to put together a good team long term.

As far as the results of the trade, John Idzik did a good job overall. I know a lot of people are upset that they only are receiving two picks, as opposed to three. I thought that at first, but you have to take into account the injury. Three picks are a lot for a guy that the Bucs would be taking basically sight unseen. They could work him out all they like, but they won’t know how ready to go he really is until he hits the field week one. The fact that John was able to hold out long enough to get the 13th pick overall included, as well as a draft pick next year, is a great job. He got as much value as possible for Darrelle Revis.

Looking back, this end has been inevitable since the first holdout. You could see the relationship between the Jets and Revis going south during the production of “Hard Knocks”. Between how long his the situation was drawn out, the disputes you saw on camera, it was the beginning of the end. And there is a lot of blame to go around here, both on Darrelle’s side, and the Jets side.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    absolutely right, alan. there was a point where i thought we might be able to keep him, due to the ton of cap space we’ll have next year, but what’s the point? he’s not worth 16 mil a year. and what if he comes back better than ever? does he then want more? why don’t woody just give him a blank check and let him fill it out. it’s like when the cardinals lost pujols. at his age, for those years, at that money, the team is better off without him. we are too. good riddance. i’m glad it’s over. um, you might wanna do that look back on the thirteenth pick now. :-)

    • TheJetPress

      Exactly right. The way he is about money, there is no telling what he would ask for if he had stayed, and then played well again. He is a wonderful football player, but far too much of a “me” guy to keep around. Just can’t do it.

      I am way ahead of you by the way…you will see my look back at the 13th pick tomorrow afternoon. See, great minds think alike! LOL

      • matr dontelli iii

        I very rarely use lol because I rarely laugh out loud over something I read on a message. This time, however, it’s appropriate. Lol! Keep up the good work. Btw – I can’t believe how many people think they should have given him that kinda money! That’s how we got into this rebuilding (sorta) position. Irresponsible spending. IIWT

        • TheJetPress

          Thanks. I agree with you, its easy for people to spend money when its not their own you know?

          • matr dontelli iii

            I know exactly what you mean. I love spending other people’s money!

          • TheJetPress

            it’s fun! did you hear revis said the Jets lied to him now? The more he talks, the happier I am that he is gone.

          • matr dontelli iii

            my brother had the tv on and there was something like that going on. i said “i’m just so glad he’s gone and it’s over with.” i don’t understand people leaving places they claim they want to be for money they cannot possibly spend in their lifetimes. i just cannot understand that. for money he will never spend he gets to play for greg schiano. greg schiano instead of rex ryan! give me a break.

          • TheJetPress

            Its the truth. When you after every last $, it makes the statement that you want to be a “Jet for Life” a heck of a lot less credible. To be fair, I get the idea that football players need to make the most money possible as soon as they can. They have a limited window. But still, the Jets didn’t owe him anything. See ya!