Should the Jets turn the page on Darrelle Revis?
IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
Under ordinary circumstances, the Jets would be negotiating with Darrelle Revis, trying to hammer out a long-term extension that would enable him to retire a Jet. That's what a teams does when its best player has a year left on his contract.
But there's nothing ordinary about the Revis situation. There's the knee injury. There's Revis' exorbitant asking price. There's the bad blood between the two sides. There's the Jets' roster, which has more holes than the FDR Drive.
It's time to face reality: Revis will be traded, probably to the Bucs, and the best time to do it is now, meaning before the April 25 draft.
But only if the Bucs include their first-round pick (No. 13).
If they're crazy enough to do that -- crazy in the sense that it's a lot to give up for a player coming off major knee surgery -- it's a deal the Jets can't refuse. Don't get cute and hold off until late August, waiting for Revis to get healthy and hoping another suitor emerges. Take the bird in the hand and move on.
If they retain Revis beyond the draft, it will create a distraction that will last until training camp. The Jets, of all teams, need to get out of the distraction business.
Things turned ugly Sunday, when ESPNNewYork.com reported that Revis and the Jets are at odds over his participation in the offseason program. You think that's ugly? It'll get worse if they keep him around for a few more months.
Make no mistake, the right thing to do is to re-up with Revis, but owner Woody Johnson has his mind made up. He's tired of the drama and he doesn't want to pay quarterback money for a cornerback. It's a shame it has deteriorated to this, but the damage is irreparable.
So now the Jets have to make the best of a bad situation and, unfortunately, that means trading one of the best players in franchise history, the sooner the better.
RELATIONSHIP CAN BE REPAIRED
The Jets' relationship with Darrelle Revis is damaged, and the Jets need to fix it, then do whatever it takes to keep their star cornerback here for a long time.
Revis is already one of the greatest players in franchise history, and prior to his ACL tear he was arguably the best defensive player in the NFL.
He's currently trying to get back to form in Arizona, but the Jets want him to do a conditioning program in New Jersey and are using bonus money as leverage.
Great. Another uncomfortable situation looms. Not like this isn't going to get awkward or anything.
Instead, the Jets should let Revis do his rehab work where he's most comfortable. That would be a good first step in trying to make things right. Then, the Jets should stop trying to trade him and start trying to build around him.
Revis may ultimately decide to walk in free agency at the end of the season, but you'd think the two sides would be able to fix things by then.
This is New York, and Revis has loved playing here. He's been everything the Jets could've hoped for since they drafted him in 2007.
When Revis' career is over, he may go down as the best cornerback of all time. So the Jets need to figure out how to keep him. And they won't be able to do so unless they fix a damaged relationship.