According to New York Jets General Manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan, the team’s all-world cornerback, Darrelle Revis, is not on the trading block. Or is he? While Idzik threw the customary vote of confidence behind his star defensive player saying he would like for Revis to remain a Jet, he did not categorically rule out a possible trade.
Several days ago, the Jets released LB Bart Scott, LB Calvin Pace, S Eric Smith, OT Jason Smith and TE Josh Barker. This move ended up clearing about $30M in cap space, which gives one some sort of perspective as to what type of mess was left behind by former Jet GM Mike Tannenbaum.
By releasing a group of high-priced veterans, the Jets are admitting that it is time to blow things up and start again. This begs the question, why should the Jets keep Revis around when he can be a lot more valuable as trade bait for a team which is building for the future?
Revis is now in his prime, assuming he returns from his knee injury with no ill effects. What benefit is there to the Jets organization for keeping Revis around when the team does not expect to turn the corner for several seasons? Who is to say what type of player Revis will be down the road, when and if, the Jets do turn the ship around?
All this trade talk appears to be making Revis antsy, who was involved in a petty trash talk incident with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman a few days ago. The usually understated Revis, has also gone public about the trade rumors. Regardless of his posturing, Revis is certainly aware his contract demands will directly influence whether or not he remains a New York Jet.
It would be quite interesting if Revis was shipped off to a contending Seattle team, which already has a few talented defensive backs on the squad. And according to a less than humble Sherman, he is the cream of the crop.
It goes without saying, Idzik is very familiar with the Seattle front office and the Jets may be interested in Seahawks backup quarterback Matt Flynn. After a tremendous rookie season, Russell Wilson has a lock on the starting job as Seahawks signal-caller, which means Flynn will have to look elsewhere if he wants a shot at a starting gig in the league.
Seahawks GM John Schneider has recently stated he is willing to listen to trade offers for Flynn; just as Schneider’s former front office co-worker is also willing to listen to offers about Revis.
With the Jets salary cap situation still in shambles, their need to rebuild with youth and Revis’ history of contract negotiations with the team, smart money has Revis not being in a Jet uniform this upcoming season.