Looking to surpass the six-year, $96 million deal defensive end Mario Williams inked with the Buffalo Bills last March, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and recently hired general manager John Idzik must trade elite cornerback Darrelle Revis this offseason.
The 27-year-old Williams, who the Houston Texans took out North Carolina State University with the first pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, is a two-time All-Pro who has impressively compiled 287 tackles and 63.5 sacks in 98 games.
Regardless, the 27-year-old Revis, who the Jets selected out of the University of Pittsburgh with the 14th overall choice in the 2007 draft, is a more dominate defensive presence than the 6-foot-6, 290 pound Williams.
Unfortunately for Revis and Gang Green supporters, the legendary cornerback was indefinitely shelved after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last September against the Dolphins in Miami.
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.
Rex 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 again be physically able to 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 his teammates until bullying a “band-aid” four-year pact for $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, Idzik needs to ship the gimpy star from the swamps of Jersey.
At a minimum, the Jets, who already sit an estimated $19 million over next season’s cap, 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 last week, is extremely adept at massaging the NFL 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 Woody Johnson and John Idzik want to remove “Revis Island” from East Rutherford.
In order to even attempt a takeoff, the rudderless New York Jets absolutely need to part with Darrelle Revis.by