There has been a lot of rumors talking about the New York Jets potentially trading cornerback Darelle Revis, mainly because team management doesn't want to pay Revis what the corner believes he should be paid when his contract expires after this upcoming season. I really can't blame the Jets for feeling this way seeing how they are above the salary cap, and signing Revis to a long-term deal would be another huge hit. The fact Revis is coming off of a season where he tore his ACL adds to the urge to try and trade him so they can get some value in exchange. There are a couple of issues in trying to trade Revis, which could lead to the Jets ultimately losing Revis without getting anything in return. One, the Jets have no clue what they want to do with their franchise. To say the team is a huge ball of dysfunction would be an understatement. They unloaded all of these players, such as veteran linebacker Bart Scott, to clear some cap space, but the team has no direction on what identity they want to build. Head coach Rex Ryan says he wants to get back to the "ground and pound" football the Jets used to get to the AFC Championship Game in 2009-'10 and '10-'11, but we know he struggles to stick with anything he says these days. The Jets, simply put, are going nowhere fast. Two, Revis wants to get paid like he's one of the best players in the NFL, not just the best corner. This is a problem in an period where teams are talking to their players about restructuring contracts to get under the cap before harsher penalties kick in after next season. There aren't too many teams who seem interested in trading for the corner because they know it will cost draft picks and the pending period of negotiations for a long-term deal would be a headache to say the least. I think it's time for Revis to re-evaluate where he stands when it comes to free agency. Things can be good if he plays it right, but I don't think he will. Anytime a team like the Jets are talking about trading you away, you should look at this as a blessing because of the possibility of getting away from the dysfunction. Revis actually wants to stay in New York and play for the J-E-T-S mess, mess, mess. Hearing that makes me wonder if Revis has some dysfunction in his head. Hearing he feels he should be paid as one of the best players in the league almost confirms that. The market simply says cornerbacks aren't going to be paid as much as quarterbacks, wide receivers, and some defensive lineman. Even though I don't agree with Revis' thoughts, I can see where he may feel that way when you see defensive lineman Mario Williams get a 6-year, $96 million contract before the start of last season. I guess if Revis gets into the right situation, he could get a deal like that, but he wouldn't deserve that kind of money, just like Williams didn't deserve his deal. He just caught a desperate team who was willing to overpay. Bottom line, this appears to be a new age in the NFL, and the contracts that are done are going to have a lot of clauses where the teams is protected a lot more due to pending salary cap changes. You'll still see some huge contracts when quarterbacks such as the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and the Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan come due for negotiations, but for other positions, it may be a little harder to do. Revis may be the best corner in the league, but he has to be careful no to overstock himself. If he's not careful, it may be hard to get best player in the league money, something Revis is definitely not.
By Charles Taylor