In some very interesting news, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is considering trading arguably the team’s best player. Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Johnson is ready to explore the option of trading star cornerback Darrelle Revis. Per La Canfora:
Revis, whose contract voids after the 2014 season, is set to earn $6 million in 2013 (between salary and bonuses), and owner Woody Johnson has strong reservations about the ability to extend Revis’s deal, the sources said. Johnson has expressed his desire to attempt to land value for Revis now, rather than risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent a year from now, most likely seeking as much draft-pick compensation for him as possible.
The Jets are very much in transition mode, they have cap issues moving forward and are trying to embark on a rebuilding process after firing former long-time general manager Mike Tannenbaum. Revis, who missed almost all of last season after suffering a torn ACL, engaged in a long holdout in 2010 that resulted in a contract extension that was more of a Band-Aid than anything else.
Revis signed a seven-year deal then that voids to a four-year pact, thus making him an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season. The deal also precludes him being hit with the franchise tag or any other such mechanism. Johnson has made it very clear he would like to pursue a means to reap rewards for Revis now, sources said, and it is likely to be an immediate part of Idzik’s initial job duties.
If the Jets did make Revis available on the trade block, they would receive an incredible amount of interest from around the league.
Unfortunately for the Jets, their fan base would be livid if the team’s best player was to be shipped away. For a fan base that was stuck with Tim Tebow for a year, it is important to let them know you are doing everything in your power to win football games. If you are trading a player of Revis’ caliber, it’s hard to convince people you are focused on winning.