We at TJB asked our contributors their thoughts on the Revis trade and we've included them below.
“The fifth rounder was window dressing.” It was one of the more appropriate and accurate tweets I saw regarding the Darrelle Revis trade. Basically, the Jets got what everyone thought they would save for that fifth-round pick. That doesn’t mean Jets fans should be happy. Trading possibly the best player in franchise history rarely makes any team or its fanbase happy. However, this was a solid football move. The Jets landed a second first-round pick in a super-deep draft, a third rounder next year and finally got rid of the headache that was Darrelle Revis – which is the key thing here.
As mesmerizing as Revis was on the field, he was painful to deal with off of it. He whined. His agents whined. And they did it all through a 50 megawatt smile and with the help of a few select local scribes. How many holdouts is enough for a player of Revis’ status? Hard to know, but I’ll tell you what – I’m not paying that guy 16 million this year just for him to want 20 million in two years and miss all of training camp to make sure he gets it.
Will the Jets miss him? Of course. He’s a generational talent. The kind you simply cannot replace, no matter how many rocks you look under and corners you look around. Revis was special. But the only way he was going to stay put was if he and his agents had the ATM code to Woody Johnson’s bank accounts. And I’m talking the one with the real money. Not the one he just uses to pay the utility bills. This trade had to happen and the Jets did pretty well in the end. They didn’t have to wait until next year to get the first rounder when the team desperately needs talent now and they don’t have to watch Revis walk away for what amounts to a fourth-round pick in 2015.
Yes, they didn’t that extra fifth rounder the Seahawks gave up for Percy Harvin, but we’re still eight months from Christmas. There’s plenty of time to find some extra window dressing.
Eric Weeks:It needed to happen. Despite firing Tannenbaum in January, the relationship between Darrelle and the Jets had deep seeded fractures whose roots trace back to Woody Johnson. The constant state of uncertainty over whether or not your star cornerback will actually show up for work certainly struck a nerve and ultimately Johnson, I believe, no longer felt it was worth it despite Revis' talent.
I know there is an overwhelming majority disappointed in the compensation but realistically, Idzik got what he could given the amount of money Revis has been demanding, the risk Tampa takes on in regards to his knee and the lack of other potential suitors. Had the Jets let Revis play out his contract and he walked after 2013, leaving only a third round selection to show for it, the fans would be even more furious.
It sucks. It truly does. Revis has been a pleasure to watch over the years and will always rank among my top favorite Jets. That said, I support the Jets and their best interests. John Idzik was hired to remold the team into a playoff contender and Revis just was never going to be a part of that future. The results will likely not be immediate but I can appreciate Idzik and Co. taking a few steps back now to make leaps in the future.
Jordan:I think that this is a trade that will workout well for both teams. This is a trade that the Jets had to make. I understand that Revis is in consideration for the best player to ever put on a Jet jersey. I also understand that he's probably the best corner in the league. But in the end, this team has so many holes and having him wouldn't really make much of a difference. Would I have wanted the Jets to get more in the trade? Of course, but when you look at it getting that 1st round pick is huge. There was no one else competing for Revis's services.
So the Jets were forced into taking what the Bucs were offering. The Bucs themselves aren't even convinced that Revis is 100% healthy considering the fact the none of the money is guaranteed. Also, don't you think Revis is going to want to have money guaranteed after the season? Does that mean another holdout? We also can't be so quick to judge. This is a trade that we are going to have to see how it works out. I've been reading how everyone is upset with what we got in return. We don't know how Revis is going to be next season. Mostly everyone is assuming that he's 100% healthy and that he's going to be playing at that elite level he has been playing at in previous seasons. One little bump on the knee or anything can sideline Revis for the entire season or can wind up being a nagging injury that can affect his game. Lets all not get to psyched up with the Adrian Peterson syndrome. He's most likely going to be affected by that knee.
The Bucs set themselves up so that they can release Revis anytime they want. If they want to pay Revis $16 mil per then good for them. I personally would not pay a corner that much money. This is a quarterback driven league. Do the Jets have a quarterback for the future? No, and that's what the Jets need in order to become a good team. They're in position to take what's best available and that will fill a need. So that's the state of the team. I do see a light at the end of the tunnel. What you also have to realize is that Rex is no longer in control of this team. If it was up to Rex do you really think that Rex would have traded who he thinks is the best player in the league? I trust that Idzik will turn things around and that we just have to be patient.
Dan Marcus:It's unfortunate to see Darrelle go because watching him play was truly a pleasure and in the few interactions I had with him, he was always a gentleman. However, I am and will always be a fan of the team and no one player is more important than the collective unit. That said, I think we got hosed in plain English, sure we were able to get this year's First-Rounder but if this is 2011, the Jets recoup at least two First-Rounders with a three and change to boot. It's incredibly frustrating because Revis is just the most recent case of the Jets getting less-than fair market value for a highly productive player in his prime, lest I remind people what the Jets got back for Jonathan Vilma, John Abraham, and I'll even throw Leon Washington into that mix. It seems like this only happens to the Jets, as any time they decide they need to trade a very good player, he ends up getting injured or drunkenly wrapping his SUV around a telephone pole.To make matters worse, in what was obviously an anticipatory move by the NFL to boost ratings, Revis returns to the Meadowlands in Week 1 in what will undoubtedly be an emotional game and knowing our collective luck, he'll give the Jets the Kerry Rhodes treatment en route to a win.
The most baffling part of this deal is the contract: 6 years, $96 Million and here's the kicker 0, ZERO, Zilch, NOTHING, NADA, not one single cent of guaranteed money. It raises the question: what type of agent would allow a player coming off of a serious knee injury to forgo any guarantees? Although he got that $16 million annual average that he was looking for, that contract might as well be written on toilet paper because everyone, except for apparently Revis and the dynamic duo of Schwartz and Feinsod knows that he will not see all of that money and unless Revis puts up 2009-esque seasons every year that he's in Tampa, he has essentially relinquished all leverage. Any year in which, the Bucs find themselves in a hairy cap situation who do you think is going to be the first one they'll go to for a restructure, yeup, you guessed it: the guy with the non-guaranteed $16 million cap charge.
The funny thing is, I know exactly what Revis' rationale is, he's betting on himself and if he returns back to Revis Christ form and they do ask him to restructure, he can dig in and if they cut him he';; be able to test free agency and cash in again. It's a pretty big gamble on Revis' part and its pretty unheard of for a player of his caliber to sign a contract with no guarantees but for someone who appeared to be a pretty astute business man over his time in New York, it's a bit of a head-scratcher. If I was the Jets and that's what he wanted, I would've given it to him, no problem and cut him after three years/after his 30th birthday and signed him to a more favorable contract. However, this is why I'm sitting here writing about it and John Idzik and crew are making the big bucks.
Anyway, Darrelle thanks for the memories, specifically for that other-worldly 2009 season and playoffs and for sealing the win on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 against the Cowboys. Have a nice life.
Jake Steinberg:The players I've talked to are not excited at all about this trade. Many talked about how it surely signals a rebuilding year. The truth is, however, we all saw this coming. I told Eric Crocker a CB, the night before he reported to camp last Monday, "Learn as much as you can in the limited time you have with Revis, because the truth is, this is your last week with him. Crocker did. He watched Revis in the DB room this week, saw how he went about his business. It might have only been a week, but I can promise Revis left his mark.
So the players knew and saw it was coming. As did the fans. And it had to be done. You couldn't let Revis walk at the end of the season. There are whispers the Jets are afraid to cut Tebow because they are nervous the Patriots will pick him up. Can you imagine how they would feel if they let Revis walk? The fear they would have to see Ireland, Bill Belichick, or Pettine make a push to have him stay in the division. Look, I understand he was one of the best players to ever put on a Jets uniform. But we need to face the facts. Woody was NEVER going to pay Darrelle what the Buccaneers gave him. In closing, it's certainly sad to see Darrelle Revis go, but all good things come to an end. I wish him nothing but success in Tampa.