Well it happened. It was inevitable. Unless you have been under a rock for the last couple of days you should know what I'm talking about. After months of speculation, Darrelle Revis was traded. The Jets star corner was shipped to Tampa Bay for two draft picks on Sunday as many Jets fans sat back in anger or grief. Considered to be one of this organizations premier talent both currently and historically, John Izdik reluctantly traded his best player from a team that is sorely missing play makers on both sides of the ball. Whether you were for or against this trade,it is once again a tough day to be a fan of gang green.
This trade will go down in Jets history for a variety of reasons. The talent level of the player being traded away, the compensation received for said player, and the fact that not many teams will ever trade their best player. This kind of trade is very rarely consummated. Most teams are worried about locking up their franchise player long term. They are most certainly not thinking about trading a young talent, especially one coming off a major injury which lowered his overall trade value. But this trade needed to happen. Let me repeat this. This trade needed to happen and I'll tell you why.
Darrelle Revis is the best corner in football. There is no questioning this statement. The man has the ability to shut down a receiver for a complete game. But in today's NFL with spread offenses and multiple receiver sets, the argument can be made that the value of a Darrelle Revis has already decreased even before his injury. Teams such as New England and Denver with stud quarterbacks and multiple talented receivers can avoid a Revis and exploit the weaker parts of a defense. Then there is the issue concerning Darrelle's health. This is a major injury he suffered last year and no one can guarantee Revis will come back as dominant as he once was. The type of athlete and competitor Darrelle is should help him come back full strength but you really never know with an ACL injury. And lastly but probably most importantly is the fact that sixteen million a year for a non quarterback is absolutely ridiculous. Don't believe me? There was only one team that was interested in giving Revis the contract that he thought he deserved. If that doesn't say it all I'm not sure what does. Sixteen million is alot for anyone in this salary cap era but especially for a corner. Revis demanded 16 million a year and if the Jets wouldn't pay it, he was gone. So instead of letting their franchise player walk for nothing, they did the smart thing and got the best deal they could with the only team offering something.
Don't get me wrong. The Jets are not better off without Revis. He will be dearly missed this year by Rex Ryan and and by most fans. But this trade was not done for this year. It was done for the future of this great organization. The Jets now have more flexibility in this years draft and will have salary cap relief in the coming seasons. The media and fans from around the country have killed the Jets so far because of this trade but if you look at some of these reasons the negativity should stop. The Jets did the only thing they could do and hopefully it will work out in the end. And besides, is anyone really surprised? We're jets fans. We knew this day was coming.
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