CBS Sports and other media outlets reported yesterday that the New York Jets will explore options to trade CB Darrelle Revis. Sources from the Jets have denied the reports, but it’s easy to see why the Jets would think of doing so. Revis is set to become a free agent next off-season and the Jets could very well lose him without receiving any kind of compensation.
Entering this off-season, the Jets will be close to $20 million over the salary cap, meaning they’ll need to do a lot of restructuring and cutting to try to get under the cap. Sources say owner Woody Johnson has no faith in the organization’s ability to keep Revis, especially if Revis will command roughly $15 million per season.
This means there will be a number of teams that will probably line up to get Revis. The New York Giants can use help at the corner position. Given that Revis still has to get completely healthy and play like he was before the ACL injury, would the Giants be willing to trade to acquire Revis?
As it is, the Giants are already close to $10 million over the cap. They also have a number of free agents they’ll like to keep, including WR Victor Cruz and S Stevie Brown. Revis is a solid piece at a position the Giants desperately needs to upgrade, especially since CB Corey Webster may not be with the team next season.
However, if Revis is going to command that kind of money, he falls out of the price range for the Giants as well. Jerry Reese is a smart man. He’s definitely not thinking of bringing in Revis at all.