On Wednesday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent shockwaves throughout the NFL as the team decided to release All-Pro defensive back Darrelle Revis. The former New York Jet reportedly rejected trade options (and a pay cut) which left the Bucs with minimal options as the team was ready to move on from Revis and his hefty contract.
As expected the New York Jets have been instantly linked to Darrelle Revis along with several other teams including the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders, and the New England Patriots. The belief is that there will be a bidding war for Revis, which will once again result in Darrelle becoming the highest paid defensive back in the NFL.
It makes sense for the Jets to get involved in the Darrelle Revis sweepstakes as the team has a glaring hole in their secondary. Revis is a perfect fit for Rex Ryan's defense and will be a welcome addition on and off the field.
It does not make sense for the Jets to go above and beyond to sign Revis, even with the team's significant salary cap space. Darrelle Revis is a special player, but not extraordinaire enough where Gang Green should spend $13-14 million per year on him. In my opinion the Jets should establish their own best offer, say $10 million per year, and make it a "take it or leave it" situation. If Darrelle truly wants to return "home" then that offer should be suitable. If not, then the Jets can use the salary cap space and apply it to other positions.
For example: Instead of signing Revis what if the Jets took that allocated money and locked in Eric Decker, James Jones, and Darren Sproles? Huge upgrades to the offense no?
Or took the same money and signed LaMarr Woodley, safety Chris Clemons, and Eric Decker. All significant upgrades to the team, no?
I respect what Revis brings to the table, but he should not be the end all, be all for Gang Green. This team has significant needs and the money could be spread around to improve the roster. As for the defensive back position the Jets could look at bringing back Antonio Cromartie, or signing: Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, Captain Munnerlyn, Brandon Browner, Tarell Brown or even look to the draft.
QB options- Based on the recent signings of Josh McCown, Matt Cassell, and Chad Henne it appears that quarterback Mike Vick will command $5-6 million dollars per year. While I like what Vick brings to the table and his fit with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, that price tag is just too steep for a player that could end up being the backup.
At this point I think that the New York Jets will be better off pursuing signal callers like Shaun Hill, Jason Campbell, Tarvaris Jackson, and Kellen Clemens. These guys are all serviceable backups and can give Geno Smith a much-needed push without fanfare and a burdensome contract.
Other free agents to keep an eye on: Would love to trade for (or sign if released) running back Darren Sproles. The Saints running back is a dynamic threat out of the backfield that instantly changes the Jets offense. Keep an eye on: Miles Austin, Jason Avant, Sidney Rice, Chris Clemons, Scott Chandler, Ed Dickson, Owen Daniels