By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
If the Jets decide to go through with trading the best defensive player in the game in Darrelle Revis (as reported by Jason LaCanfora), it would be a mistake that will haunt them for decades to come.
Yes, Revis is coming off an ACL tear. Yes, he will command a lot of money next season if he plays like his old self in 2013. Yes, his contract will eat plenty of cap space.
But you don’t trade great, all-time players in their prime. You just don’t.
We all know what Revis does on the field. He is the best cornerback in the game. His ability to shut down literally any receiver give the Jets a unique weapon on defense that no other team has. If he continues to play as well as he has over the last three years, he will go down as the best cornerback to ever take the field.
No matter what the Jets would get in a possible trade, it would never equate to what Revis brings both on and off the field.
Revis’ value to the Jets transcends what happens on the field. In an era where the franchise has been embarrassed for their on-field product and outside distractions, Revis is a beacon of greatness that all teams must respect. When ever you play the Jets, there is something special about going against a player like Darrelle.
Could you imagine if the Jets traded Joe Klecko? Mark Gastineau? Joe Namath?
This is a bigger deal than all of them.
Yes, the Jets are not a good team right now. A few extra picks would be nice. But not at the expense of their best player.
There are other ways to go about righting the ship in New York. If the Jets can find a quarterback, which could take a little as one draft pick, it would go a long way in terms of filling the supposedly “massive” needs. If you add a quarterback and another offensive weapon to this team, the Jets can easily be in the playoffs.
As long as they have Darrelle Revis.
Yes, Antonio Cromartie played very well in place of Revis as the team’s top cornerback, but also remember that teams were a step behind from a schematic standpoint because they did not expect Cromartie to play as well as he did. This is the same reason the Jets’ pass defense dropped statistically from 2009 to 2010, despite upgrading at the corner position with the acquisition of Cromartie.
In the NFL, you need a few elite weapons at your disposal, not just solid players at every position. The 49ers have Justin Smith and Colin Kaepernick’s running and throwing ability. The Ravens have Flacco’s other-worldly arm strength and Ray Rice’s balance and vision.
If the Jets go about trading Revis, Revis will go to another team, continue his Hall of Fame campaign and put yet another smear on the Jets franchise. Rather than retire in green and white, the Jets will be mocked for decades about how they let the greatest corner in the history of the game slip through their fingers. And for what? A few extra draft picks?
Draft picks are nice, but they are just like buying a new car – once you use them, their value plummets.
So please, Mr. Johnson, save yourself and your stained franchise further humiliation and find a way to keep your best player a Jet for life – even if it may take a little creativity and effort.