The 27-year-old Revis, who the Jets selected out of the University of Pittsburgh with the 14th overall choice in the 2007 draft, was indefinitely shelved after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last September against the Dolphins in Miami.
“I think it’s going to get ugly, very ugly,” said the source. “You can’t trade your best player. You do everything to keep him. It’s going to get ugly with the player and the agent. I don’t know how you get around it. It’s very difficult.”
The source predicted Revis, who is looking for a contract that will surpass the six-year, $96 million deal defensive end Mario Williams inked with the Buffalo Bills in March 2012, would command “a No. 1 and a No. 3″ in any trade.
When healthy, Revis, a three-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler, is a truly tremendous ballplayer whose incredible pass protection skills prevent offenses from functioning properly.
Ryan’s aggressive, and unpredictable, defensive schemes and blitz packages are predicated off blanket coverage in the secondary and nobody can shutdown a wide receiver like Revis can.
Regrettably for the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year, there is zero guarantees that Revis, who should earn roughly $6 million in 2013, will be physically able to again perform at a superstar level.
Furthermore, Revis, whose contract voids after the 2014 season, is insatiably greedy and the Jets could lose the standout as an unrestricted free agent a year from now without compensation.
The former Panther refused to report to camp for 20 days as a rookie over a contract squabble and then once more declined to join teammates until bullying a “band-aid” four-year pact worth $32 million from the Jets a week before kickoff in September 2010.
Taking into account Revis’ piggish history, and the massive rebuilding project facing Green Green, Johnson and Idzik need to ship the gimpy star from the swamps of Jersey.
At a minimum, the Jets are a couple seasons away from contending and in 2015 Revis would be a 30-year-old athlete playing a collision sport with a reconstructed knee.
Idzik, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Duke University who left the Seattle Seahawks to become a New York employee in January, is extremely adept at massaging the salary cap and shedding Revis would immediately create financial flexibility for the moneyless Jets.
Hence, although a likely public relations nightmare, it is entirely sensible that Johnson and Idzik want to remove “Revis Island” from its current location off Exit 16W.
No matter how “ugly, very ugly,” for the betterment of the feeble New York Jets organization, Woody Johnson and John Idzik must discard Darrelle Revis.by