Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Jets must be careful with Revis asking price
By James Walker
These are delicate times for the New York Jets and trade talks involving star cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Earlier this week, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported that trade talks were put on hold this week. Now, the Tampa Bay Times reports that New York's asking price could be too high for the Buccaneers. Both reports indicate trouble could be on the horizon with the Jets and Buccaneers potentially working out a trade by next week’s NFL draft.
New York reportedly wants Tampa Bay’s first-round pick (No. 13 overall) in addition to a third- and fifth-round selection for Revis. The Jets would be giving up a top-10 player. But at the same time, Revis is coming off a season-ending knee injury and will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
The Jets must tread carefully with this. The first-round pick this year is the key, and Tamp Bay is willing to do that. A second pick also makes sense, but a third draft pick could be squeezing.
Perhaps the Jets have another trick up their sleeve in the form of another mystery suitor. Therefore, New York is keeping the price high. But unless the Jets know there is another team (or teams) that could be involved, they must remain flexible about trading with Tampa Bay.