According to the New York Daily News, the New York Jets are not merely listening to offers for All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. As per their report today, the Jets are intent on trading him, citing a source who says “This is happening. They’re moving him. They can’t keep him. They’re rebuilding. They’re starting fresh”.
This is the most concrete answer to the questions that have been swarming the Jets’ front office since rumors began to surface of their interest in opening their ears to the market for their star defensive player.
The New York Daily News also suggests that there are at least two key suitors for Revis’ services, the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers in particular could be a tempting proposition for the Jets, as the Super Bowl runners up have a stockpile of draft picks for the upcoming draft in April, which would accelerate their rebuilding process.
Last month, the Jets released several key defensive veterans, including Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, and a couple of high-round draft picks could help soften the blow. There is one area of the defense, however, that surprisingly does not need an overhaul, if last year’s statistics are much to go by.
Last season, the Jets trailed only the Pittsburgh Steelers in terms of passing yards allowed per game, allowing 189.8 yards on average, just four and a half yards more than the Steelers. The Broncos were third at nearly 200 yards per game.
The secondary accomplished this while having Revis’ services for just two games all season. He first suffered a concussion, causing him to miss week 2. Then upon his return, he suffered a torn ACL that ended his season.
It is this injury that is one of the key reasons that the Jets should move him. Add on to that his massive salary and the Jets’ cap troubles, and the fact that the team is more than just one piece away from contending, and the cost to retain him is simply not justified. The Philadelphia Eagles are learning that as well with Nnamdi Asomugha, who is expected to be released soon.
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