The New York Jets are expected to put star cornerback Darrelle Revis on the trade market this offseason. But it will be challenging for New York to get equal value in return for the best cornerback in football. Revis is coming off a season-ending knee injury, which hurts his value.
So what can the Jets get in return by trading Revis? Let's examine recent trades involving quality cornerbacks, with a special assist from ESPN Stats and Info.
In 2004, the Denver Broncos traded for Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey of the Washington Redskins. In return, the Redskins got former Pro Bowl tailback Clinton Portis. The trade paid dividends for both teams. Washington got a multi-time 1,000-yard running back, while Denver got one of the league's top corners for many years and a second-round pick. Bailey still plays in Denver to this day.
In 2010, the San Diego Chargers traded cornerback Antonio Cromartie to the Jets for a 2011 second-round pick. Like Revis, Cromartie was entering the final year of his contract in San Diego and wasn't expected to return. The Chargers got something for Cromartie with a second-round pick. Cromartie played one solid year in New York and later agreed to a contract extension. Ironically, the Jets are now on the other end with Revis.
Finally, in 2011 the Arizona Cardinals traded cornerback Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie in another player-for-player swap. Arizona shipped Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 second-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Kevin Kolb. Philadelphia had a backup quarterback with a lot of value and was able to fleece the Cardinals with this trade.
These are three good examples of what the Jets could be looking for if they trade Revis this offseason. The Jets have a lot of needs, and could go the route of acquiring another player and perhaps a quality draft pick. If the Jets don't think they can keep Revis beyond next season, it will be wise to get something for the cornerback.