Monday, March 18, 2013
Latest buzz on Revis
By Tim Kavanagh
The Darrelle Revis trade saga has gone through some intriguing ups and downs over the course of the past few weeks, and things hit another high point this past week, with unnamed sources telling reporters that there was significant pressure on New York Jets GM John Idzik to get something done, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers emerging as the primary suitor. Some speculated that things could ramp up again as executives meet in Arizona this week at the NFL owners meetings, so where do things stand now?
Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com passes along word from Idzik and Jets owner Woody Johnson, who indicated that they'd "love" to have Revis on the team, but added that "it's not just one player" that makes a team, adding they'd trade any player "to make the team better."
As Cimini notes, this is a signal to the Bucs (and anyone else), that Revis can be had if the price is right. It's clear that whatever the offer (or offers) have been to this point, they haven't been enough to push the needle for the Jets, or for Revis, as the CB will need a contract extension with the team that does acquire him.
Cimini adds that there is another deadline coming up in the somewhat near future:
Rich CiminiBottom line on Revis right now
"They can spin it any way they want, but here's what I believe to be true: Johnson is philosophically opposed to giving $16 million a year to a non-quarterback -- especially when the team is in rebuilding mode. My hunch is the Jets will let this play out until the draft in late April, letting Revis continue his knee rehab. The draft is the first genuine pressure point. At that time, the Jets will have to make a decision on whether to take the best offer or play it out to the season."