This Revis “ordeal” is being drawn out longer than most Jets fans can start to stomach at this point. I’m not in a rush to necessarily trade Revis but I am in a rush to come to SOME kind of conclusion to this ordeal as soon as possible. Seems to me that the Jets are wanting to trade Revis at any cost and that is what’s turning me off the most. You don’t battle the ends and odds in what appears to be a desperate attempt to trade your best player that is also a respected leader in the locker room if said player is not a “cancer” in the locker room and Revis is far from that but you wouldn’t know it the way Jets management is trying desperately to unload him.
The only thing more uncertain than Revis’s health is his overall team status at this point.
Having said that, it does appear that Revis will get traded, the only question is; when? The Bucs are reportedly the team that is in the “lead” in the Revis race but appears the Bucs realize just how desperate the Jets are in trying to trade Revis and it appears the Jets leverage doesn’t appear to be as strong as they initially thought it’d be. It seems the Bucs aren’t really serious about trading for the best CB in the NFL and probably because of the flux of CBs that have hit the open free agent market the past week and no one can blame the Bucs for feeling this way but if they are truly considering trading for Revis and are going through the process then they may be risking what little leverage they have at this point. The Bucs are reportedly reluctant to surrender a 1st this April but may be inclined to surrender a 2014 1st but so can every other team and honestly the more the Bucs wait, the healthier Revis gets and the clarity of his value progresses.
A 2014 1st rounder can be garnered after the 1st round of the draft when teams most likely strike out on their guys, after the entire draft and during training camp when teams probably start feeling uncertain about their DBs. At that point more teams will engage in the Revis trade talks and I’m not sure if that is what the Bucs really want. Do they?
There is an advantage in trading for Revis NOW rather than chasing him in free agency is the opportunity to get him a year earlier for your regime and to not get into a bidding war with other teams with the possibility of losing out. Simply put; if the Bucs really want Revis, they should really start acting like it.
2.) The Jets Free Agency period thus far
The Jets haven’t been extremely active in this Free Agent period but they haven’t actually been sitting around playing with themselves either. The Jets have hosted a few players on both sides of the ball and have managed to sign RB Mike Goodson, OT Willie Colon and DT Antonio Garay. Not exactly high profile free agent signings but solid signings for a Jets team that is dealing with serious depth issues. The Jets still need to some how sign an OLB (or 2) and a FS as soon as possible. The Jets did have OLB Antwan Barnes in for a visit last week and are rumored to be interested in LaRon’s big brother FS Dawan Landry who has played with Rex Ryan before. – Extent of Jets cap woes….. Couldn’t afford Bell or to match Landry’s offer
Just how bad is the Jets cap situation? Well we already knew that any high profile free agents would be out of the question for the Jets this off-season but the Jets are having trouble paying solid contributors “minimum wage”.
Jets lost Safety Yeremiah Bell who was signed by the Cardinals for 1 yr/905k, $610k guaranteed. I’m surprised the Jets couldn’t afford to bring Bell back at that price if not for a little bit more and it goes to show just how bad a situation the cap really is in. It was being reported that LaRon Landry, who signed a deal with the Colts, gave the Jets an opportunity to match the offer and the Jets declined to do so. Again it appears the Idzik is dead set on rebuilding this team so its really hard to blame him for these players leaving as he was placed in a precarious situation once he accepted the job as GM but this is more of a testament of the state of the cap considering some didnt really believe the Jets were that bad off.
3.) Keller a Dolphin
Jets lost TE Dustin Keller to their Division rival Miami Dolphins last week as he signed a 1 year deal. It’s ok though, the Jets have veteran safeties that can adequately defend Keller twice next year.
Jets DT Damon Harrison should get a chance to compete for the NT position left vacant by Sione Pouha’s release.
4.) Damon Harrison and Kenrick Ellis
Now that NT Sione Pouha has been released, one of the more intriguing battles in camp I will be paying attention to is that of DT Kenrick Ellis and DT Damon Harrison. I believe both players are talented and can, and will benefit from having Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples on the line with them. Ellis played great last season when Pouha went down with an injury and when Ellis himself went down with an injury, Harrison flashed in the little snaps he played in place of Ellis. I like both of these players and look forward to both fighting hard to solidify that NT position that Rex covets so.
5.) Jets QB competition
Jets have sign QB David Garrard and are looking to sign other FA QB’s like Kevin Kolb or Brady Quinn to compete with Mark Sanchez for the Jets starting QB job next season. Jets fans need to start seriously considering the real possibility that God not only has a sense of humor but he’s probably a Patriots fan.
6.) Early “outlooks” on the Jets 2013 season
It’s insanely early but the Jets are already projecting to win only 5 games max next season. I certainly don’t agree or disagree with those projections but the Jets are looking like a team that is heading into the season with no expectations and that may be exactly what they need. Here’s a somewhat somber but logical look at this argument from NFL.COM
7.) Greg Jennings to the Vikings???
WR Greg Jennings turned down an offer from the Patriots and decided to accept an offer with the Vikings. So Jennings has essentially decided NOT to catch any more passes from Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady but from Christian Ponder instead? From what I’m hearing, the Pats and Vikings offers weren’t that far apart so it was a personal decision by Jennings it seems. Hey, if playing in the Twin Cities is what he feels is best for him, who are we to knock him but I believe his potential path to the HOF ran through Green Bay and most certainly could have run through New England.
But what do I know?
DE Damontre Moore becomes insanely excellent value in Round 2 for the Jets.
8.) My ridiculous NOT so ridiculous surprise draft prediction of the week.
Am I the only one that sees the Jets trading out of the 1st round COMPLETELY? I think the Jets can garner at LEAST a 2nd and a 3rd (to start with) and certainly begin addressing serious depth issues with two 2nd rounders and two 3rd rounders. That would be 4 players in the first 3 rounds (possibly 5 if Revis’s deal includes another 2nd round pick) and would be a great step in the rebuilding direction Jets GM John Idzik is clearly trying to take the Jets in.
An example of what I would love for the Jets to do if they were to ULTIMATELY end up with three 2nd round picks and two third round picks;
2) DE Damontre Moore
2b) TE Gavin Escobar
2c) G Larry Warford
3.) DE Corey Lemonier
3b) WR Stedman Bailey
9.) Dolphins loading up?
Is it me or the Dolphins loading up via Free Agency have a “Philadelphia Eagle Dream Team” feel to it? NO?
10.) One of those AWESOME movie going seasons is about to be upon us again…. SOON….. I can feel it in my Nuggets.