To coin a phrase by a popular Jets fan …Oh the Pain. Yes I know the best player on the team and one of few game changers in the league gets traded to your team it is a time to rejoice. But if you are the team that traded Darrelle Revis well you leave yourself open to all kinds of second guessing. For those of you not up to date here is what happened:
The New York Jets traded the three-time All-Pro to the Bucs in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this week’s NFL draft and another selection next year.
Revis also agreed to six-year contract with his new team in a deal that his agents, Neil Schwartz and Jon Feinsod, confirmed is worth $96 million, with no guaranteed money.
The Jets also receive a conditional fourth-round pick in next year’s draft that will become a third-rounder if Revis, who is coming off a torn ligament in his left knee, is on the Buccaneers’ roster on the third day of the 2014 league year.
For all of you Jets fans who are howling at the trade, take a deep breath and step away from the ledge. Understand why the Jets needed to trade Darrelle Revis and why they had to do now.
First, the previous General Manager Mike Tannebaum put the Jets in a tight spot for this to happen by paying and guaranting current Quarterback Mark Sanchez 8 million dollars which if they cut him turns into a 17 million dollar cap hit. Which means you can not sign any decent players, make any real improvements to your team. Tim Tebow the back up to Sanchez has no trade value what so ever and he might not be in the league as a back up at this point either. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes who also is coming off an injury and has a ton of money coming to him is also untradeable. Most of the players the Jets needed to move, left via free agency and players they signed many of them are hold the fort type players. So at this point scan the roster if you are another GM who on this roster do you want? If you are new GM John Idzik and you scan your roster who can you trade that gives you a chance to get something of value left?
They both came up with the same answer Darrelle Revis. THe Jets a lot of holes to fill. They came off a 7-9 season. Are they the same team that were a half away from going to the Super Bowl? NO. They are as far away from the Super Bowl as they can be. The only way they get to the Super Bowl is if they pay to buy a ticket at Metlife stadium this year. Darrelle Revis had a great run in New York. But let’s face it Jet fans he was always about the money. He held out his rookie year in training camp until he got paid, then complained. Then when the contract was up same story again and still complained after he signed a few years ago, you knew the Jets were not going to go through this again. Second, Woody Johnson the Jets owner didn’t want to Pay Revis again. Revis wanted 16 million dollars. Think for a minute, if you are a 7-9 team with a lot of holes to fill and are not close to competiting for the playoffs nevermind the SuperBowl would you tie up salary cap space for one player? And be no better than what you are right now? So instead of 5-11 or 6-10 you might be 7-9 again. Is that going to get it done? No. This isn’t about this year it’s about next season and beyond. Revis is off the books, Sanchez will be off the books, Tebow will be off the books and free agency will have good and very good players available for the Jets to wave money at. Plus the pick they receive from Tampa Bay will be next year pick could get them a Quarterback in a better draft than this season’s draft. They also get compensation picks for the players they lost that other teams signed. It will put them in a better place to trade some picks to get other players or to save those picks to draft players they need.
If you are a regular reader of this site, you know I have been one of the few that said the Jets needed to trade Darrelle Revis. This trade was no surprise here. The only surprise was the drama behind the deal. Both teams knew they were making this deal and it was the only deal the Jets could make now.
Third, no other teams were banging down the Jets door to get Revis now, The Pats, the Ravens, Steelers alll could use a player like him why didn’t they make a run for him? No one wants to surrender draft picks. In the case of the Patriots I can’t blame the Jets for not dealing with them and have Revis looking at them twice a year way too much pain for even this Jet fan to take. NFC nice landing spot. A team that was willing to surrender two picks for Revis. Could the Jets have received more for Revis maybe if he were not coming off an injury but 2 picks which could be turned into players in 2013 and 2014 for a player who played only 4 games last year, sounds like a deal to me.
Now it’s up to the New York Jets to make the most of this deal going forward.