Monday, January 28, 2013
Potential Revis suitors
By Tim Kavanagh
The entire NFL kingdom -- and its court jester, the New York Jets -- was rocked last week, with a report that the Jets could trade star CB Darrelle Revis as opposed to handing him a new, lucrative contract. There are two important clauses in Revis' contract: the seasons after 2013 void as long as he doesn't hold out this offseason, and the club cannot use the franchise tag on him for 2014. Facing the potential of losing him for nothing next offseason in free agency, the Jets are apparently open to seeing what they can get for him in trade now.
Though not every team will be able to fit Revis under the salary cap, there are some contenders with enough space for next season to pull it off, such as Denver, New England and San Francisco. (And a number of the NFL's also-rans have enough space to do it, too). Within his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column, Peter King of Sports Illustrated mentions those three teams specifically, and adds that a potential deal could be done with a first-round pick plus some other pieces (a third-rounder and another CB heading back to New York).
To be clear, those teams mentioned are just speculative at this point -- and make no mistake, the Jets aren't going to deal him to their rival up in Foxboro. Nevertheless, the Jets have found a way to keep themselves in the national conversation during Super Bowl week, even though they themselves weren't much of a threat this season, and it's a discussion that will continue until there's some closure to the situation.