Trading Darrelle Revis Would be a Franchise-Defining Mistake

January 24th, 2013
Darrelle Revis

The Jets will rue the day they traded the best player in franchise history. (Photo: US Presswire)

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 beenĀ embarrassedĀ 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.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, new york jets, woody johnson

4 Responses to “Trading Darrelle Revis Would be a Franchise-Defining Mistake”

  1. JetOrange says:

    Respectfully disagree, when your 6-10 no one should be safe and all options should be considered… and thats what we are doing, examining options. Consider:
    1.Do you want the Jets to be held hostage , once again by Revis’s agents ?
    2. Investing on two premier CB’s at the same time , is that prudent CAP management ?, does it truly make for a dominant defense ?
    3. How has the investment in two premier CB’s worked out for the Eagles ? Is Asomuga or Samuals worth big bucks ? Did Asomuga”s play fall off a cliff ?
    4. Can Revis be the same after an ACL ? Can Revis play in September ?
    5. Would some team overpay for Revis ? What would you consider overpaying ?
    6. What is Cromarties trade value ?
    Just stuff you need to examine

  2. Mac says:

    This article is dead on. 24′s don’t come around often. He is an elite talent and that is not coached. Therefore, draft picks will never fill that void. Plus, 24 is a main stay. 12 million or 16 million, do not matter. If this qb driven league stop overpaying quartbacks and pay the real talent..then it would be a much better league. Jets have an opportunity to continue the trend. Seattle and 49′ers have put the blue print out there. 500k for a qb and a stout Defense.

  3. Henry says:

    I couldn’t agree more. The whole Jets organization is a laughing stock right now, but there is always one player we can hang our hat on, and that is Revis. He has shut down the likes of Randy Moss, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson(whom I hear announcers keep saying no one can cover),Brandon Marshall, I could go on and on. He is a once in a generation type player. Yes, the Jets pass defense played well without him, but how many times were they tested? It’s not like the offense was putting up 20 points a game.

    I think Woody and Idzik should keep him, but at a reasonable price. If Revis wants to remain a Jet and really help the team, he will accept a contract that helps both him and the team. The team is in a rebuilding mode and Revis has to understand that. He should accept a contract that will be cap friendly, so that Idzik still has money to work with to address other areas. He should want to remain with the team and help it rise back up to a perennial contender.

  4. JetOrange says:

    This could all be about posturing, to get Revis’s agents to the table to get a deal done… This could be a way to put Cromartie out there for a deal…I cetainly have no problem kicking in 6 million dolars to Revis’s 2013 contract and paying him 14 milion every year until 2018..But Revis’s agents do not have a history of being reasonable…

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