If the New York Jets are still seeking a high return in a Darrelle Revis trade, but it may be too late.
The cornerback pool in the free agency is flooded with veterans, who at this point will demand cheap contracts. Aqib Talib just re-signed with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal. Sean Smith’s three-year/$18 million contract from the Kansas City Chiefs has been the biggest contract given out in terms on money per year this offseason. There have been five-year deals given out to Chris Houston and Keenan Lewis, but no more deals of that length should be expected.
With names like Nnamdi Asomugha, Brent Grimes and Sheldon Brown still available, teams looking for a cornerback can look to fill that need cheaply and not have to commit long term.
Of course none of those corners are on the level of Revis, but they could play at about 75 percent of Revis’ on-field value. Take 75 percent of Revis at about 40-50 percent of a possible Revis extension and many teams will take the non-Revis option.
That’s where the Jets find themselves right now. They can’t wait for a corner needy team to overpay once the market dries, because there’s too much left.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are rumored to have proposed a deal to the Jets that does not include Tampa’s 2013 first-round pick. At the moment, the exclusion of that pick means a non-starter for the Jets in trade negotiations. The Jets might have to lower expectations in any possible Revis deal.
If the decision has already been made to not give Revis a new contract at the end of the season, the Jets should take whatever they can get in a deal. The longer they wait, the more the value of the return is going to drop.
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