The up-and-down saga involving New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis took another interesting turn this week. Yahoo! Sports is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to do a Revis trade but are unwilling to give up a first-round pick in 2013.
Here are some thoughts on this latest Revis development:
If I’m the Jets, I hold out with this trade. Something is wrong if New York cannot get a first-round pick for Revis. Wide receiver Percy Harvin was just traded from the Minnesota Vikings to the Seattle Seahawks for a first- and seventh-rounder this year and a future mid-round pick in 2014. Revis, the best cornerback in the NFL, should be able to garner at least that much.
Interestingly, the report states Tampa Bay may be willing to give up a first-rounder in 2014. This sounds like the Buccaneers want to boost their stock now without giving up anything for this year. The Jets also need immediate help to continue their rebuild, and Revis is their only significant bargaining chip. New York should make it a point to get all, or most, of its compensation to assist the team this year.
It's not looking good for Jets head coach Rex Ryan. The Jets clearly have one foot out the door with Revis, who is the team's only elite player. New York also has done little in free agency to improve. The Jets lost Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry, tailback Shonn Greene and defensive lineman Mike DeVito in free agency. Starting tight end Dustin Keller also is expected to leave. The only player the Jets signed is tailback Lex Hilliard.