By Connor Rogers, Staff Writer
Although you probably didn’t notice, Superbowl XLVII and the most recent Jets drama contain close ties. The Darrelle Revis trade rumors were met with mixed reactions, but the majority agreed on one thing: if the Jets deal Revis, they need to bring in a haul of valuable draft picks.
The Ravens and 49ers both field elite defenses but outside of Ed Reed neither team has an elite player in their secondary (even Reed is on the decline). An elite front seven can protect a mediocre secondary, much like we’ve seen with both New York Giants super bowl teams in recent years. Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick aren’t in the top tier of quarterbacks in the league (not yet at least) and both seemed to throw the ball all over the field.
A player like Revis will draw a ton of offers throughout the offseason because he’s unique, there is no player on the planet that dominates every number one wide receiver in the game. Team’s will attempt to lowball the Jets because Revis is coming off a torn ACL, but newly hired general manager John Idzik must get greedy. The Jets are in a rebuilding state hindered by a salary cap mess and need as many draft picks as possible.
As previously mentioned, Revis ACL tear will deflate his value, but after seeing Adrian Peterson this season it’s tough to sell low on an elite player due to injury. Revis is known more for his work ethic than natural talent, a large characteristic that plays a vital role in injury recovery. Many don’t realize half of Revis’ incredible performance’s are often aided by his film study along with upper body strength, not speed.
The Jets need to realize they hold the ace in the Revis sweepstakes this offseason. There is no reason to sell low on an elite, once in a decade talent like Revis. If the two Super Bowl team’s are gun slinging the ball all over the field, it’s safe to say everybody will be looking for secondary help this offseason.