Much to the chagrin of embattled head coach Rex Ryan, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and recently hired general manager John Idzik will entertain offers to deal dominant cornerback Darrelle Revis this offseason.
The 27-year-old Revis, who the Jets selected out of the University of Pittsburgh with the 14th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, was indefinitely shelved after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 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.
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.
Unfortunately 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 an elite 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 deal worth $32 million from the Jets a week before kickoff in September 2010.
Taking into account Revis’ history, and the massive rebuilding project facing Green Green, Idzik should look to ship the gimpy star.
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 employed in New York 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 understandable that Woody Johnson and John Idzik want to remove “Revis Island” from the swamps in Jersey.
In order to possibly takeoff, the New York Jets absolutely need to relocate Darrelle Revis.by