Moments from finishing up a post regarding how the New York Jets should not break the bank for the Darrelle Revis, the All-Pro defensive back signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. The obvious reaction throughout Jets nation was outrage as many could not believe that A) Revis would go to the Jets archenemy and B) that Gang Green would allow Darrelle to do so.
The hostility amongst Jets fans is quite understandable, but if you take a step back things are not as bad as they seem. Darrelle Revis did not want to return to the New York Jets which is quite obvious by his immediate signing with New England. Furthermore as a Jet fan would you be comfortable with giving Revis a one-year deal and then having to deal with ANOTHER contract extension following the 2014 season? Darrelle rented himself out to the Patriots, as the highest paid defensive back of course, and will be looking to break the bank once again. As a young team trying to rebuild do you really want to deal with that drama again?
I admit that Revis would address a glaring hole in the secondary, but there are other solutions. The Jets can add a serviceable defensive back including Captain Munnerlyn, Walter Thurmond, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or even bring back Antonio Cromartie. Then Gang Green can add a solid safety like Chris Clemons and the secondary has been improved. Lets not forget the pieces that can be added in the draft as well. Darrelle Revis, while a great player, was not the end all, be all solution for the Jets. The Jets defense got along fine without him last year and will continue to improve this year.
As John Idzik continues to upgrade the roster the focus should remain on adding pieces to the puzzle and avoiding band aids and rentals. This approach will be key for sustainable success for the New York Jets.
Decker to the Jets- Speaking of pieces to the puzzle the Jets added wide receiver Eric Decker on Wednesday night. Decker, 26, brings much-needed size and athletic ability to New York's wide receiver group.
Many are skeptical about Eric as there is a belief that his statistics are padded by playing with Peyton Manning. All I know is that a guy that stands at 6'3 with career totals of 222 receptions, 3070 receiving yards, and 33 touchdowns is a welcome addition to an offense in desperate need of playmakers.
The Jets are not asking Eric Decker to be the savior of the offense. Decker will help open up the game plan and will compliment other players that will surely be added this offseason.
There are plenty of moves that are yet to be made by John Idzik. Lets not press the panic button until the Jets front office has had a chance to execute their full plan which includes the NFL draft. A draft that includes one of the deepest wide receiver groups in several years.